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February 2024 Monthly Meeting Recap

In a Peer-to-Peer Panel, RCMG volunteers Brianna Gohde, Carla Olson, Tina Frederickson shared tips, tricks, advice and resources for growing plants from seed

2/21/2024


The February monthly meeting was held online via Zoom from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20. Watching the recording of this meeting can be counted as 2 hours of Continuing Education. . (Find the recording in the Archives of the Monthly Meeting page.)


THANK YOU!

Many thanks to the RCMG volunteers involved with the February Meeting:

  • Education Committee: Simba Blood & Gene Ranieri

  • Peer-to-Peer Educators: Brianna Gohde, Carla Olson, Tina Frederickson

  • Journalist: Judith Graziano

  • Zoom Aide: Scott Beary

 

General News (6:30-6:35)

none


 

Board News (6:35-6:45)

RCMG Board Announcements (Julie Bechtold, chair)

  • Plant sale

    • Save the date for the plant sale scheduled for May 18th.

    • New location.

    • Pre-sale has ended – more details coming later. It was a great success.

  • 2023 review audit

    • Completed and will be announced in at the next monthly meeting.

  • Charter

  • New volunteer opportunity

    • A/V training for monthly meetings

    • Tech portal

  • Thanks to Book Club members

  • Equipment

    • Asking members to check around for equipment that has gone missing and please return it.

 

Darren Lochner's Coordinator Updates (7:05pm-7:15pm)

Welcome Interns!

Take time to read the monthly newsletters!


State Master Gardener Program News

  • Email sent out for projects that interns and mentors can do together

  • Companion guide to Core Course cost $40.00 for printed copy

  • Information regarding Master Gardener 2024 At-Home projects – interested volunteers need to register

  • New free admission code for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: MG2024


RCMG News

  • February volunteer opportunities

  • Reminder of renewal of Background Check and Safety of Minors Training

  • Upcoming RCMG Monthly Meetings

    • January and February - online only (via Zoom)

    • March and April - Hybrid (in-person at Roseville Skating Center and online)

    • May  (no meeting)

  • Save the Date Reminders

    • RCMG Volunteer Fair - Tuesday, March 26th at Roseville Skating Center

    • RCMG Plant Sale - Saturday, May 18th at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood/New Location!


 

Guest Lecture (7:15-8pm)

Guest Speakers: Brianna Gohde, Carla Olson, Tina Frederickson - all RCMG volunteers


Topic: Seed Starting Resources and Advice for Annuals, Vegetables, and Natives


Questions from the audience

  • Do you recommend lining/covering the seed starting shelving or frame with plastic to conserve and regulate the heat?

  • Can you talk a bit about collecting seeds? Any tricks for beginners?

  • Any advice on sowing teeny seeds like impatiens or coleus?

  • If you use seed starter mix do you have to switch it out to regular potting soil or can it go from seed started into the ground?

  • Please elaborate the milk jug outdoor approach. (Winter sowing)

  • When you put the prairie seed in the refrigerator do they need to be moist or is the answer, "It depends (on the species"?

  • Do you tend to add water periodically to your baggies during long stratifications? Or just leave them?

  • What size photo sleeves do you use for seed packss?

  • What are octopus grow lights?

  • Does the radical/seed root get tangled in the fiber of the paper towel when stratifying?

  • Why don’t you plant the prairie seeds that need stratification in milk jugs in the fall and save yourself a lot of trouble?

  • What is the name of the book Tina has in front of her

  • Where do you buy the seed heating mats?


Recap provided by Judith Graziano

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