At their October meeting, 14 members of Great Bend Garden Club enjoyed the refreshments provided by Darlene Boley, followed by interesting and helpful organizational advice from Sonya Rein, the franchise owner of a professional business named 2B Organized.
One purpose of wise organization is ease in finding what you need when you need it. Being organized can save time and money, and help you be more productive with less stress. Sonya has expertise in residential and commercial organization and helping clients accomplish the sometimes difficult task of sorting, organizing and discarding items.
Many of her organizational tips are applicable to home gardeners as well. The arrangement of gardening supplies and tools, whether in a shed, garage or other location can benefit from organizational planning. Wall hangers for vertical storage of longer tools such as rakes, spades, foliage trimmers, lawn edgers, leaf blowers, hose wands, etc., save space and make them easy to find and access. Cloth or plastic shoe holders provide individual storage compartments for smaller tools and also can be hung on walls. Items stored on shelves in containers benefit from open wire containers which let light in and allow a quick visual of what’s inside. Narrow shelves can be placed either above or below windows for small items. Easily accessed bins for holding potting soil, fertilizer and compost are useful.
A final idea Sonya suggested was keeping a three-ring notebook where pages can easily be added and removed. Diagrams of locations of flowers and shrubs, photos, seed packet planting and care information, information on when plants were planted, locations for seasonal plants and calendars for planting and fertilizing can all be organized within the notebook and removed when no longer needed.
During the business meeting conducted by club President Nancy Swafford, Alice Young, chairman of the Rose Garden committee, reported the plaques made by Mark’s Signs for the Mary Kummer Maneth memorial statue are in place. The only project remaining following the recent Rose Garden work day is the painting of poles on the east end of the garden. Kerry Lampe volunteered to do the painting. Alice also reported that Barry Bowers, accountant, has filed the club’s E-Post Card for tax exemption status.
Delores Grose, Memorial Plaques chairman, reported corresponding with a donor from Canada.
Nancy Swafford announced her program for next month, entitled “In Old Grave Yards, the Dead Protect the Living.” Jeannine Girton will be the hostess for the Nov. 17 meeting.
GB Garden Club gets tips on being organized