The weather cooperated for our February meeting and 16 members and one visitor joined together to hear our speaker, Mr. Cecil Christenberry. Mr. Christenberry, along with his family, owns Fairhope's OLDE TYME FEED & GARDEN SUPPLY. We were treated to a very informative talk on multiple topics ranging from lawn care to shrubs and trees and how to deal with weeds and pests. We learned what to add to our lawns and when, what to add to our soil around shrubs and trees, what to spray on our citrus, and how to attack pests that try to steal our crops! As a result, many of us have ‘shopping lists’ for our spring gardening. Questions were asked and answered which gave us a lot more confidence to approach spring planting.
One secret that Mr. Christenberry shared is that now is a good time to spray Neem oil on our citrus and other fruit-producing trees to kill damaging chewing insects . Spray first thing in the morning or before dusk to help protect our pollinators. Supporting locally owned family businesses is the way to return the most money to our Eastern Shore, it's nice to know that Olde Tyme Feed and Garden Supply will have the natural and other products that gardeners need.
Since we had such a good turnout, there was a lot of conversation and we enjoyed visiting with each other. Our newest members and visitor won the majority of our door prizes at this meeting….what fun!
Our next meeting will be held Thursday, March 4 at 10:00 am at Daphne Central Park as long as it is dry. As we are still socially distancing, please wear a mask and bring a chair. We look forward to seeing more of our current members as the weather warms and we welcome new friends to join us.