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December 2008 Calendar


December 15 – Christmas Luncheon

900 N. Hill Road – Hillside Community manor in the  “Activity Room”


“The Making a Difference Campaign” is a national garden club project.   The Pioneer District is collecting inkjet, laser printer cartridges and cell phones that will be recycled.  If you have any that you wish to contribute to the project please bring them to a meeting and we will forward them to the Pioneer District.


December 2nd – Christmas Wreaths – Sponsored by our Craft Group

We will be meeting at the Bethel Baptist Church to carpool at 9:45 to Jacci Reed's house.

The Arts and Crafts interest group is planning to create Christmas wreaths using the wreath machines of several members.  These were used previously by the club when we sold wreaths for fund raising. 

Thanks to Norma Parker for bringing greens. Others should bring holly, berry bush cuttings, and other greens appropriate for wreaths.  You can add other décor like bows and ornaments when you take it home too!

Bring gloves, greens, and dress warm!  This may take awhile so you may want to bring snacks!
For more information contact Patty Sorensen




President’s Message


What a special time we had at our Thanksgiving club meeting.  I am also very thankful for the dedication and commitment of the McMinnville Garden Club’s Executive Board.   As I looked out into the audience I saw the faces of many whom I am honored to call my friends.  I encourage everyone to take the time to develop friendships especially among our newest members.    Cathy B.



To Beryl and Kim for organizing the club’s activity in the Santa Claus Parade.  Beryl you are the awesome TWO-STEPPING, TOE TAPPING TEACHER OF THE “RAKETTES”.

To Sharon Gunter’s husband (for creating and donating a wonderful banner for the “Rakettes”.

To Kathleen Bennett for make the delicious, colorful leaf patterned cookies given away to members.

To Jan Elliott, Patti Gregory, Evelyn Mundinger and Ann Silverthorne for the educational information presented at the club meeting during the question and answer discussion period.

To Patty Sorensen for contributing the beautiful decorated pumpkin.

To Rosemary Vertregt for donating plants to share with members.

To Patti Gregory and the horticultural students at Newberg High School for donating the potted plants and pansy, patio bowls that were given away to members.   Patti personally contributed a lovely old tin tea pot filled with succulents.

To the wonderful hostesses who faithfully delight us each month with mouth-watering treats.      


Doggy Damage












To fix those ugly brown or yellow spots caused by dog droppings, remove the dead or dying grass in the affected area.  Over spray the turf with 1 cup of baby shampoo per 20 gallons of water, and then apply gypsum at the recommended rate.  Wait a week; mix up a batch of repair tonic to turn it green again.


Ingredients for repair tonic:

1 can of beer

1 cup of ammonia

1 can of regular cola (not diet)

Mix these ingredients in a 20 gallon hose-end sprayer, and overspray your turf every other week.  To prevent future problems, take a stroll over your lawn with a pooper-scooper every day or so, and dispose of the droppings before they can damage your grass.


HINT:  Keep a hose handy!  Water down your dog’s favorite spots immediately after the deed is done to dilute the urine, and chances are, you’ll never have to worry about fixing bare spots later on.









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Backyard Habitats                                                                 Marilyn Coats

EARTHWORMS  anthropomorphism_worm_97453

In our gardens the lowly earthworms play a major role in converting organic matter into rich humus, improving the soil fertility and aeration. 

The basic body of an earthworm is a tube (the digestive system) within a tube, the muscular outer body.  The body is round, consisting of segments.  They have a circulatory system consisting of two main blood vessels that extend the length of their body.  (I didn’t realize they had blood!)  Their mouth cavity connects directly into the digestive tract where it will shred matter, partially digest it, and then mix it with the earth by saturation with intestinal secretions.  Worm castings can contain 40% more humus than the top 6 inches of soil in which the worm is living. 

Baby worms are not born.  They hatch from cocoons smaller than a grain of rice and attain full size in about a year.  They are hermaphrodites, having both male and female organs. 

Earthworms travel underground by means of waves of muscular contractions which alternately shorten and lengthen the body.  The whole burrowing process is aided by the secretion of lubricating mucus.  Worms can make gurgling noises underground when disturbed as a result of moving through their lubricated tunnels.  They also work as biological ‘pistons’ forcing air throughout the tunnels.  This activity aerates and mixes the soil, keeping the soil structure open by allowing drainage to occur.  Because a high level of organic matter mixing is associated with soil fertility, an abundance of earthworms is beneficial to the organic gardener.  In one acre of land, there can be more than a million earthworms! 

The application of chemical fertilizers sprays and dusts can have a disastrous effect on earthworm populations.  Adding organic matter on a regular basis will provide them with their food and nutrient requirements and also creates the optimum conditions of heat and moisture to stimulate their activity.  If they don’t have these conditions (food, moisture, oxygen, favorable temperature), they go someplace else. 

In 1881 Charles Darwin wrote, “It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organized creatures.”



Craft Project - November


IMG_1252 Stephanie Janik and Rosemary Vertgret with the birdhouses they decorated in November.




We are still LOOKING!!
The McMinnville Garden Club needs a publicity and public relations committee leadership chair for the upcoming year.  The duties include providing information on club events and meetings to the local newspaper and other locations on a timely basis.  If you can help please contact Anne Silverthorne


Internet Links

Pioneer District Newsletter

State web site 


Houseplant Care for the Winter !!


Gardening in the Pacific Northwest


Live Christmas Trees


How to Make a Christmas Centerpiece