Dunnville Horticulture Society

Getting a Spring & Fall Crop

Egyptian onion, also called tree, top setting, and walking onions are unique in different ways. They grow a cluster of bulblets where most onions have a flower. These sets can be planted in the fall for very early spring green onions.

After the bulblets, as shown in the first photo, have matured and its stem has become dry and brittle, by cutting the stem off at ground level in late summer, a second crop of green onions will grow up from the parent bulb in the fall. The second photo taken in September shows this tasty fall crop.

Egyptian onions tend to be much stronger than other bunching onions, but for someone who relishes that taste and enjoys having an abundance to eat, they can be enjoyed as early as the spring and again in the fall.

While enjoying the green onions in the fall, the sets harvested earlier can be planted at the same time. They should be planted in good soil about 2 cm deep and 15 cm apart. They will be the earliest green onions to mature.

It is very obvious that Egyptian onions propagate and multiply profusely. They will even self-propagate if the gardener fails to harvest the bulblets, as they will mature, fall to the ground, and begin to grow the following year’s crop.

Lester C. Fretz, M.Sc., is a member of the Dunnville Horticulture Society.

Create a Pint-Sized Pond

You can start small if you want to introduce a pond to your garden, says Marlene Link

Water features are a great asset to any garden or patio, but some people might find it overwhelming. Starting out with a mini pond may be the answer.

All you need is a small galvanized tub, some bricks, water and plants in plastic pots. Place the bricks in the tub, add water, add the tallest plant at the back and smaller ones in the front.

You may also place floating plants, like water hyacinth and water lettuce on the surface.

Maintain the water level to keep all roots covered.

If a plant becomes too big, simply remove it, divide it and place a smaller portion back in the tub.

Mini ponds are great for attracting damsel flies and pond skaters.

Local garden centres carry a variety of pond plants such as cardinal flowers, iris, water lilies, hyacinth and water lettuce. In fact, any plant that loves wet feet will do great in your mini pond.

Why not join other happy gardeners and would-be gardeners at our next program night, June 20?

Our featured speaker is Loretta Shields, talking about backyard birding.

The Dunnville Horticultural Society meets every third Thursday at the Optimist Club Hall, 101 Main St., from 7 to 9 p.m.

Or visit us online at our Facebook page or website, www.dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org.

For questions or comments, contact president Deb Zynomirski at 416-566-9337 or debzyn@gmail.com.

Letter to the Editor

Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) would like to say Thank you.

First to the community for supporting DHS efforts with our vision for the Thompson Creek Project Reboot. Also for the understanding and patience leading up to the very successful prescribed burn held April 25th as part of the rehabilitation of the Thompson Creek Wetland and Tallgrass Prairie section of the project. The planning and coordinating of this took considerable time, effort, resources and manpower to pull off  both safely at the optimal time and to provide the needed results to move this project forward. DHS vetted several prescribed burn specialists before contracting Lands & Forests Consulting. We couldn’t have been more pleased with Jason Sickle’s professionalism along with his skilled burn team for executing a well planned and flawless burn. Thank you to Haldimand County for your continued confidence in DHS by providing a 35% CPP grant towards our total project budget and for coordinating assistance from Haldimand County staff and employees.Thank you to both Dunnville and Hagersville Fire Depts for providing on site standby with both equipment and manpower. Thank you to EMS for being at the ready. Thank you to Haldimand employees for setting up the road/trail closures and staying on site. A Very Big Thank you to all DHS members for believing in and providing support .

 

DHS Thompson Creek Reboot

Co-chairs Dan McKay and  Debbie Thomas

 

November AGM and Potluck

Dunnville Horticulture Club             November Program November 15th 2018

Pres. Debbie Thomas opened the evening by warmly welcoming all 69 signed in guests to our annual Christmas Potluck. She began the night by introducing Morgan Yurcich, our new high school volunteer who will be helping DHS with all media at the Program nights. Deb Z then lead the singing of O Canada and Steve Elgersma eloquently said the blessing before dinner. Just before everyone lined up for the wonderful potluck, Deb Z explained how during the meal, everyone was encouraged to look at the beautiful photos in the Photo Contest, and how to vote during dinner. Also, everyone was encouraged to purchase tickets for the penny sale, the draws would take place later in the evening. During dinner everyone was welcomed to enjoy the cider tasting from Bain’s Road Cider Company. Geoff McDonald owner/operator would speak later in the evening.

Dinner began at 6:15

At 7:14 AGM called to order by Pres. Debbie Thomas.

New Life members Jan and Regina Loots, Mary Lou Johnston, and Hellen Edl were recognized.Continuous service pins were given out to Jim and Sandra Gill, Eric Hunter, Rob and Sandi Marr, Bev and Wray McLean, Jim and Gerda Smith for 5 years and the 10 year recipients were  Pam Blanchard, Kim Christoff, Barbara Davis, Maureen Jones and Gwen VanNatter.

Minutes from  November 15, 2017 AGM were read, and Betty Ballenger and Bev McLean motioned to approve the minutes.

The annual financial report was given by Treas. Kim Christoff, who also thanked Lorraine Stevens and Joan King for auditing DHS books for 2018. Kim Dickie and Joan King volunteered to be auditors for 2019.

Out going Pres Debbie Thomas gave an overview of 2018. Followed by heartfelt words of gratitude to all DHS members for being the Life blood of DHS, and to the DHS  Board for being the Heart and Soul.

Deb Zynomirski and Kim Christoff on behalf of DHS, thanked Debbie for her service, spoke of the many things DHS accomplished during her term and gave a parting gift.

Installation of 2019 Board of Directors followed. Officiated by Linda Olssen, Executive director from Dist 9.

The 2019 DHS Executive is: Deb Zynomirski (President), Debbie Thomas (Past President), Kim Christoff (Treasurer), Petra Kruis-Daly (Recording Secretary). Board members: Denise Richardson, Wray McLean, Lynn Loney, Marilyn Stavinga, Nelly Engelage and Gloria Hunter.

Deb Z officially took over duties as President, and assisted by Debbie, they drew the penny sale draw winners for the amazing donated prizes. Deb Z encouraged everyone to support all the local businesses.  Dunnville Paint & Decorating (Doris Thompson), Harmony House (Darlene Buscis), Durants (Larry Page & Peter Zyrominsk), Heatherton’s Florist (Debbie Thomas), Bob’s Place (Marlene Link), LVW Creative Barracks (Marilyn Stravinga), Uncle Bob’s (Cindy Huitema),Houser’s Automotive (Debbie Thomas), Pothos Restaurant (Larry Page), House of Plus (Marilyn Stavinga),KFC (Mike Draastra), Towne Café (Wyn Overend), Bev Mclean Glasswork (Cindy Huitema & John Wilson) Stephanie Hair Care (Gloria Hunter), Debb’s Cuisine (Beth Powell),  Rexall (Charlotte Huitema), Giant Tiger (Charlotte Huitema), A & W (Doris Thompson), Sweet Retro-Spect (Marlene Link), Blooming Designs (Donna Cavers), Dunnville Vet (Kim Christoff), Lang Calendar (Nelly Englege), Grand Wellness (Bev McLean), Gospel Lighthouse (Ellen Guenther), Ruffins (Susan Milligan),Grand Erie Hardware(Bev McLean), Grand Erie Garden Center (Pat Phillips), Sparkle Ladies Boutique (Michelle Zynomirski), Canadian Tire (Jan Loots), Good Looks( Bev McLean), Katrina Schmitz art (Linda Olssen). The evening’s Penny sale made $425.

Gloria Hunter announced the winners of the 4 season photo contest. Summer- Cindy Huitema, Fall-Nick Huitema, Winter-Gloria Hunter, Spring- Deb Zynomirski each  received a gift certificate donated from Small Dimensions.

Deb Z closed the evening  reminding everyone to take their food and containers home, to drive carefully and have a wonderful Christmas.