“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love”. – Saint Basil
By Dottie Dewberry
For the WPT
The well-known and knowledgeable Russell Hamilton was the featured speaker at the Maben Home and Garden club meeting Feb. 18 at the Midway Church of Christ fellowship room.
Hamilton is a Starkville native, the former nursery manager of Oktibbeha County Co-op, the owner of the Deep Roots Nursery in Noxapater and now an employee of the Starkville Electric Department.
Hamilton, who has presented numerous programs to the club, offered an abundance of information in the form of handouts and demonstrations for the ladies on the fine art of planting seeds and getting them to germinate and eventually produce flowers or vegetables.
The ladies and Hamilton established an affectionate rapport as they questioned him from everything from fact to fiction.
One such question pertained to whether a person could have a green thumb. This just means a person has a natural ability to grow plants well. People that don’t seem to be able to grow plants well are said to have a brown or black thumb. This refers to the colors plants turn when they are dead.
There were several words of wisdom: buy good seeds, use a potting mix, don’t overwater, fertilize after the first true leaves appear, if a planting tray has been used, cover the whole tray in the garden so all of it is covered or the water will be wicked out, and if you save seed, keep them in the refrigerator.
He had an array of planting paraphernalia on hand: peat pellets for individual seeds, fiber grow garden packs, which are made from sphagnum peat moss and wood pulp, planting mix, which is soilless, trowels, seed-starting kits, heat mats and chambers, greenhouse kits, plant labels, boxes of seeds and packages of seeds, plus water. It was veritable array of show and tell.
One important bit of advice: when you plant seeds and let them dry out, all your time and energy has been wasted, plus the seeds. After numerous questions, each lady was supplied with planting mix, biodegradable seed trays and a selection of seeds, along with water, to prepare and take home to be planted later.
The afternoon program concluded with the drawing of door-prizes donated by the afternoon facilitators: Martha McMinn, Sylvia Templeton, Dottie Dewberry, and Hamilton.
The program was preceded with a luncheon of chili and crackers, garden salad, fried-chicken, desserts and tea.
President Anne Earnest presided over a brief business meeting: reports were heard from the secretary, the treasurer, the nominating committee and the civic beautification committee, which brought the business meeting to a close. After which Jackie Christopher announced that the March meeting will be held at the Cumberland Baptist Church at 11:30 a.m. (new time) with Jackie Christopher and Polly Miller serving as hostesses.