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2019 Tues. May 28 7-9 p.m. "Understanding our Weedy Companions"

posted May 18, 2019, 9:25 PM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener

"Understanding our Weedy Companions" by John Teasdale

Summary.  Humans create disturbed environments that facilitate co-existence with weedy species.  Weeds are essentially plants adapted to colonize disturbed habitats.  They have many traits that allow them to function in our fields and yards.  Weeds have the capability to survive in soil in a dormant condition, to sense and respond when environments favor their growth, and periodicity patterns to grow in the most favorable seasons.   Principles for managing weeds based on their basic traits will be presented.

Speaker background:  John is currently the Coordinator of the Bowie Food Pantry Garden along with several other roles supporting the Bowie community.  He was formerly the Research Leader of the USDA-ARS Sustainable Agricultural Systems Lab at Beltsville, MD.  His research focused on development and analysis of sustainable cropping systems and integrated weed management using cover crop based systems.

 weedPlace:  Bowie Kenhill Center, 2614 Kenhill Drive, Bowie MD.

Time:  7:00 PM Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

Speaker:  John Teasdale

2019 Tues. June 25 - "Making Hydrangeas Bloom" by Dr. Loffredo

posted May 18, 2019, 9:09 PM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener   [ updated May 18, 2019, 9:16 PM ]

 "Making Hydrangeas Bloom Year After Year" by Dr. Christopher Loffredo, Professor, Department of Oncology Georgetown University.

Dr. Loffredo’s talk will focus on hydrangea growing and especially how to keep them blooming from year to year. Our fellow gardeners in the north have helpful tips we can learn from and try out in our own gardens.

June BCGC Meeting and presentation will be held at Kenhill Center. 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Dr Christopher Loffredo

2019 Tues. June 18 6:30pm - Bonnie's Blueberry Farm Tour

posted May 18, 2019, 8:33 PM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener   [ updated May 18, 2019, 8:37 PM ]

The farm is 1.6 miles east of Route 301 and on the South side of Central Avenue.   The mailbox has the house number on it and has a sign hanging on it of a black antique sewing machine.    
Come up the driveway and turn Left towards the barn.   Park on the left on the grass.
 Tuesday, June 18th at 6:30 pm at Bonnie's Berries 
18101 Central Avenue, 
Upper Marlboro 
(approx. 20 minutes from Kenhill Center). 

Invite your friends and family to join the BCGC for a walking tour and pick your own 
fruit field-trip. 

Carpooling is encouraged.

Remember to wear walking shoes for walking in sawdust and CASH to buy 
the fruit you pick.

The BCGC visited this farm last year, but it has some exciting new additions to hear about. Under Randy Owens creative guidance, they now use netting to protect the berries from marauding starlings and are using a sawdust based method of mulch.  Besides the 11 varieties of blueberries the farm has added a large planting of raspberries.  

Harvest is now on so come join the club to visit this exciting pick your own and bring some local fresh fruit back.  

11 Varieties of big plump blueberries and
Here is an interesting article on the benefits of this method of mulching:
Don't forget to Like Bonnie's Berries on FACEBOOK:


posted Apr 28, 2019, 2:08 PM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener   [ updated May 18, 2019, 9:27 PM ]

2019 Apr. 27 - BCGC Spring Plant Sale

posted Apr 7, 2019, 5:55 PM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener   [ updated Apr 7, 2019, 6:01 PM ]

2019 Sat/Sun Mar. 23-24 MoM's Save the Dandelion event

posted Mar 16, 2019, 9:42 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener

 Sat/Sun Mar. 23-24 MoM's Save the Dandelion event
Volunteer NEEDED!
Bowie Crofton Garden Club supports community events like this being held at MOM's Organic Market. This is great opportunity to meet members of our community that may be interested in joining BCGC or attending the upcoming Spring Plant Sale.

If you have an hour or two to help that would greatly be appreciate. Please contact Elmer Dengler to coordinate your availability.

2019 Tues Mar. 26th - "Please DO eat the daylillies and berries too!"

posted Mar 16, 2019, 9:29 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener   [ updated Mar 16, 2019, 9:45 AM ]

Sauteed DaylilliesAn open discussion led by Elmer Dengler retired from USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service and always has lived the life of a gardener since the age of two. 
 Tues Mar. 26th 2019 -
"Please DO eat the daylillies and berries too!" by Elmer Dengler

"Food Scaping" is a hot new topic in urban gardening but you may not know that some of the plants already growing in your yard have culinary value along with their intrinsic beauty. 

Elmer Dengler will share how growing your own food while adding attractiveness to your property can be obtained in even the smallest of spaces. 

2019 Tues 26 - 5G Gardening

posted Feb 17, 2019, 12:26 PM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener

5G Gardening 
 5G Gardening! Things You Need to Do Now; For a Wonderful Garden Later!  
Melissa Vice, John Teasdale, and Elmer Dengler all part of the elected leadership team of the garden club will share on the

The 5G Gardening Experience:

Greenhouse Experiences - Melissa

Getting and Growing seed Under Lights -Elmer

Growing Perennials from Seed -  Elmer

Getting your Soil Tested - John (May be presented in future meeting as time permits.)

Giving back to the club by Propagating what is growing well for you! Elmer and others…

Come to share your experiences as well and bring your questions. 

2019 Tues. Jan 29 - Linda Conboy - Master Gardener

posted Jan 12, 2019, 7:41 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener

 MG Plant Cliniccrop tour 2019 Tues. Jan 29 - Linda Conboy - Master Gardener

As we continue to learn from the rich and fertile histories of our garden club members, we are excited to present our January presenter Linda Conboy. She has only been a BCGC member since 2016 but considers herself a lifetime gardener.

Linda will share her experience in the Maryland Department of Agriculture Master Gardener program. She will also share information about Vermiculture and Slot Pots. She rounds out her hobbies with Tai Chi and baking.  Linda generously donates her time to the  Bowie Farmers Market Master Gardeners Plant Clinic booth.


Slot Pots

2018, Oct. 30 Plant Diseases by Howard Waterworth, PhD

posted Oct 9, 2018, 9:32 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener

sick plant lrg
 The Tuesday, October 30th meeting of the Bowie-Crofton Garden Club at 7pm at Kenhill  Center will feature a talk by Howard Waterworth, PhD on Plant Diseases. 

We can do everything right and a plant disease can destroy all our efforts. Hear about this wide ranging topic from a professionally trained plant pathologist and former Beltsville, USDA researcher with 35 years of experience working with diseases, and in particular viruses.  Come with questions and concerns and Dr Waterworth will help us understand this complex science; combing his 15 years of work as a Master Gardener with his training and research experience. 

The talk as always is free and open to the general public.  Come grow with us. 
New members always welcome.

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