The noon meeting was opened by Oleta Ownby with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Cartwright called the roll, which was answered by “What is your favorite spring recipe?” Bennie Jenkins gave the blessing before the meal.
A program on container gardening was presented by Kaye Smith, Bradley County Extension agent. She said if you have limited space, poor soil, not enough sun or impaired mobility, container gardening may be for you. She explained the different type of containers that can be used, how to water and, also, the type of soil to use. Containers need to have drainage and should be the correct size for the plant to have plenty of room for the roots to grow. The general rule of thumb is the bigger, the better.
Fertilizer, she said, is also important. There are two types of fertilizer, timed release and water soluble. The ration is one-half tablespoon fertilizer to a gallon of soil. Water soluble is added midseason when plants begin to produce. She said container vegetables need to be checked daily and will require more maintenance than plants grown in the grown. Mulches can be placed on top of the soil to reduce moisture loss.
Smith gave an update on the Ram Clinic on June 1 and 2. She said items for breakfast can be brought to the Extension office and volunteers are needed for Friday to set up and Saturday and Sunday to serve.
Others present at the meeting were Judy Bowlin, Retha Odom, Mary Bagley, June Parks, Doreen Johnson, Brenda Carder, Linda Brown, Cathy Besing, Mary Lou Woods and guest Glady Pierce.