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Sun Lakes Garden Club

Worm compost

Pauline Lee In our meeting on November 21, Gail Latour, Vermiculturist and Master Gardener, will show us a fun and easy way to compost. She will demonstrate the difference from “hot and cold” composting and how we can “amend” the soil to produce great vegetables and flowers. You will find out how worms can turn…

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Our Changing Environment Part 2: Pauline Lee In recent decades, natural disasters such as drought, floods, extreme storms on land and along seacoasts and wild fires have disrupted human lives, destroyed natural environment and harmed all living species. According to climate scientists, such catastrophes, occurring with evermore ferocity and greater frequency, are caused by increasing…

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Pauline Lee Beverly Tall will present a very informative program about orchids at the Sun Lakes Garden Club meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 17. She is an American Orchid Society judge who travels all over the world to judge international orchid shows, as well as those in the U.S. Ms Tall will speak…

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Mass extinction events on Earth – Part 1 Pauline Lee In the beginning of the 19th century, people didn’t even believe living species could become extinct. Thus, when Lewis and Clark explored the unknown American Northwest, Thomas Jefferson was surprised no live mastodon was found, even though their bones had been found in New York.…

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Pesticide – Part 2 Pauline Lee Man has made chemicals to eliminate insects, animals or weeds that are considered to be pests by us. Unfortunately, these pesticides also harm man, other beneficial beings and our environment. Some alternative methods to fighting the pests commonly found around our homes will be discussed. There are several natural…

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Pesticides – Part 1 Pauline Lee In 1962, Rachel Carlson made the world aware that pesticides can be detrimental to our health and our environment, documented in her book, Silent Spring. These man-made chemicals were created to kill unwanted pests that spread diseases or reduced crop yields in farms. The chemicals, however, killed pests and…

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Speaker Jo Setliff

Pauline Lee On August 15, the Sun Lakes Garden Club will present Jo Setliff, a Maricopa County Master Gardener. She will cover the basics of vegetable gardening in the low desert to prepare us for planting in the fall. She will focus on the Master Gardener resources available for everyone, provided by the planting calendar…

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Sugar and your health Pauline Lee Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, better economic conditions in the Western world have been accompanied by the appearance and proliferation of chronic health problems that require a long incubation period to develop into life-threatening diseases. Typically, health problems begin with periodontal disease (tooth decay). Then for people…

SL Garden Club July meeting to feature Master Gardener

Master Gardener Jackie Rich

Pauline Lee Our July 18 meeting will feature Jackie Rich, a Phoenix native and a Master Gardener. In 2010, Jackie’s yard was included in the Real Gardens for Real People Tour, organized by the University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension Service Master Gardeners. At that time, she was interviewed by a reporter with Arizona…