Damp Weather but not Spirits

The fair was challenged by rain and mist but despite the dampnessVendors, it was well attended.   We thank everyone who came and joined in the activities, presentations and demonstrations.

Eighty master gardeners helped with the fair donating their time, skills and plants.   Efforts ranged from setting up and manning booths, to giving the walks and presentations, to helping with promotional activities. All persevered in cold and damp conditions with pluck and dedication.

Rain or Shine

The fair is on – rain or shine!   The information booths are under cover in the barn,  a wonderful selection of gardening books is in the shed, the presentations are in the education building and tents will shelter the rest!   Do bring an umbrella to walk from venue to venue.

rain or shine

Exciting Demonstrations

The focus this year is on hands-on demonstrations!  Don’t miss these….
Beneficials in the Vegetable Garden :  Garden Not all bugs are bad! Come join us for a 30 minute presentation about the GOOD bugs in your yard and learn how they help you and your plants. This presentation will be “kid friendly,” but adults will enjoy learning facts about helpful critters as well. Presented by Master Gardener Bob Stampp, who was a public school teacher for 41 years.
Building and Using A Coldframe:  Lou Menendez will demonstrate how cold frames create microclimates that provide several degrees of air and soil temperature insulation, and shelter from wind. In our region, these characteristics allow plants to be started earlier in the spring, and to survive longer into the fall and winter.
Compost Tea:  Karlyn Sturmer, Master Gardener and Master Composter, will demonstrate how to put together a simple set-up to make compost tea, using well-finished compost  or vermicompost.  The finished product, which takes only 2 days to brew, is a concentrated liquid full of beneficial microorganisms and nutrients that can be used as a foliar spray or a soil drench.  Compost tea keeps plants healthier and helps them fight off potential diseases.
 Demonstration Garden:  An overview of the demonstration garden that  highlights the various planting methods used and overall strategies.  There will be opportunities to ask questions about vegetable and fruit gardening.  Multiple Master Gardeners will take groups through the garden.
Hot Composting:   Karlyn Sturmer, Master Gardener and Master Composter, will show you how to identify carbon (brown) vs. nitrogen (green) materials and how to mix them in the right ratio and with the right amount of moisture to create temperatures reaching 150 degrees.  By learning about building a hot compost pile, you will also understand how to make your own cold compost pile (the method most of us use at home) break down a little more efficiently and quickly with just a small amount of effort.
Self Watering Container Gardening:  Marsha Scherr will demonstrate and discuss self watering containers for veggies and/or flowers.

Schedule of Events

This is the schedule for presentations, demonstrations, and walks.

Time Activity Title Location
1:00 PM Demonstration Compost Tea Compost Booth
1:00 PM Demonstration Demo Garden Tour and Tips Demonstration Garden
1:00 PM Presentation Garden Bugs and Other Thugs White Building
1:00 PM Walk Tree Walk Pines
1:30 PM Demonstration Beneficials in the Vegetable Garden Demonstration Garden
1:30 PM Demonstration Hot Composting Demonstration Garden
2:00 PM Demonstration Demo Garden Tour and Tips Demonstration Garden
2:00 PM Presentation Herb Gardening De-Mystified White Building
2:00 PM Walk Perennial Walk Pines
2:30 PM Demonstration Beneficials in the Vegetable Garden Demonstration Garden
2:30 PM Demonstration Building and Using A Coldframe Demonstration Garden
3:00 PM Demonstration Demo Garden Tour and Tips Demonstration Garden
3:00 PM Demonstration Hot Composting Demonstration Garden
3:00 PM Walk Native / Wildflower Walk Pines
3:00 PM Presentation Pruning How-To White Building
3:30 PM Demonstration Beneficials in the Vegetable Garden Demonstration Garden
3:30 PM Demonstration Self Watering Container Gardening Demonstration Garden
4:00 PM Demonstration Butterfly Release Barn
4:30 PM Demonstration Demo Garden Tour and Tips Demonstration Garden

13th Annual Bethel Garden Fair, Sunday, June 28, 12:30 to 5:00 pm

Save the date for the 13th Annual Bethel Garden Fair on Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 12:30 to 5:00 pm.

To commemorate the International Year of Soils, our theme this year is Common Ground for the Common Good.   Franklin D. Roosevelt said  “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself”.    That is as true today as it was in the time of the Dust Bowl.  Please join us as we celebrate our connection to the soil. 

SoilrakeThere will be something for everyone:

Free Admission.

Sponsored by the University of Connecticut Fairfield County Master Gardener Program and the Connecticut Master Gardener Association.