"Tanglewood," April 2nd, 1935,
The October, 1934, meeting of the Sandy Spring Horticultural Society met at "Falling Green," with Miss Mary B. Brooke and Mrs. Edith Green as hosts; conforming to the "Constitution and By-Laws" of the Society, This October meeting was called for one o'clock luncheon. An almost full attendance of members and some guests assembled on the lawn this beautiful Autum day.
After luncheon a visit to the vegetable and flower gardens was made. The wall garden at Falling Green always brings an admiring word; Fall flowers in many varieties and vegetable garden very good for so variable a season.
The meeting was called to order by the President, Henry J. Nichols, the minutes of the previous meeting, at "Riverside," were read and accepted without change. Our hostess, Edith Green, intro
2. duced Dr. W. R. Beattie, Senior Horticulturist of the Agricultural Department, who gave a talk of great interest and information on the storing of vegetables and fruits for winter.
Fall is the best time to move Evergreens, and also the best time to buy trees and shrubs as the nurseries are usually over stocked.
The use of "Compost" is very helpful to both vegetable and flower gardens, especially when good barnyard manure is not available. Use bone meal with organic matter. Plant Rye (or wheat) and Vetch in the fall & place under in the spring for Green manure. This combination is equal to 10 Tons of barnyard manure per acre.
Use Lime only when the soil is known to be acid.
Dr. Beattie could give no concrete rule for getting rid of moles. There was a "Round Table" discussion on the subject. Margaret Bancroft, appointed reader, read an article on
3. some of the same lines,- "Laying the Foundation for Your Garden." Build up soil organisms, bacteria, is essential and humus necessary.
Richard Iddings gave information for fruit tree planting. "Early Richmond" and "Montmorency" are the sour cherries recommended and Green Gage and English Plums for the home garden. Use Sulphur dust spray for brown rot.
Questions, answers &c., When to plant Asparagus roots? Early Spring is the best time. Can Cauliflower be grown here? Yes! if the season is favorable. The drought of July and August and the unheard of rains of September, were the cause of poor late gardens in this neighborhood. Especially Lima Beans and Tomatoes. How does the "Elm Blight" manifest itself? Very similar to the Chestnut blight, - leaves turn yellow and fall and twigs & limbs die.
Margaret Bancroft asked how many knew of the old Fort Frederick beyond Hagerstown, - a picture place? Few knew of its existence.
4. This has been a season of extremes, - very hot and dry in July and August. September broke all monthly records for rain fall, 17.45 inches; the heaviest precipitation for any one month since the establishment of the U.S. Weather Bureau.
A fairly good wheat crop; - a heavy hay yield, - corn promising, the potato crop not good, - fruit practically a failure, - no peaches, - poor apple crop; - but the farmer, the greatest optimist we know, - turns his thoughts to next year. In spite of some crop failues, - the effects of the "New Deal" for weal or woe, the planning and foundation for the year on a farm goes on.
The President of the Society told the members that the April 1935 meeting would be the time for Election of Officers.
Adjourned to meet at "Tanglewood" with Mr. and Mrs. Frederick L. Thomas, Tuesday, April 2nd/'35.
Mary Mathews Nichols Secty.
Copy by H. J. W.
The Horticultural Society Sandy Spring Maryland
Leasures Report: as of April, 1st 1935-
Collected in 1934 $7.50
Community Council dues $4.25Printing 1.95 Telephone .20 Pins 10
Stamps/Cards 40 $6.90 .60 Balance 1933 .80 $1.40
Paper .60 Post Cards .20
.80 .80 Bal. apr. 1st/'35 = .60