Tag: gardening

Conservation Corner

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…

Conservation Corner

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…

Sun Lakes Garden Club news

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…

Conservation Corner

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…

Conservation Corner

Sustainability of our food production – part 2 Pauline Lee Modern agriculture has increased production several-fold in the last half of the 20th century by mechanization and chemicalization, both of which require large energy input. At the same time, the efficiency of modern agriculture has actually decreased drastically if one takes into account the concomitant…

This is not your grandma’s garden club

Not your Grandma’s garden club

The Sun Lakes Garden Club will be learning about marijuana crops grown here in Arizona at the June 20 meeting. The featured speaker this month is David Grandon from “Harvest of Arizona.” Members and guests will see a slide presentation of the crops and learn about the horticulture of the plants and how botanical research…

Sun Lakes Garden Club

James Schaub

Pauline Lee During April, our club had two extra activities besides our usual monthly meeting. On April 8, our club members enjoyed a morning tour to five Sun Lakes gardens, each being different in size, utility and ambience. Each garden was beautifully developed by the homeowner whose artistry and creativity were amazingly different from one…

Conservation Corner

Sustainability of our food production – part 1 Pauline Lee The amount of food and water we consume will not be sustainable for future generations due to the depletion of our natural resources. In the last 40 years, 30% of arable land has become unproductive, and 25% of the planet’s soil is severely damaged. What…