Archives for August 2015

Heartfelt Sorrow Felt for the Victims and Families of Senseless Shooting/ Murders

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families, friends, and colleagues impacted by today’s shootings and murders at Smith Mountain Lake. One of Rotary’s six areas of focus is Peace and Conflict Resolution. As our community mourns this tragedy and begins the healing process, Rotary Area 5 will explore what we can do to further encourage peace throughout Central Virginia.

Rotary Area 5 - District 7570's photo.

Giving Garden Update at Booker T Washington birth place. Let us know if you like gardening :)

Hello Everyone,
Well, our harvest has now topped 1 ton for the season.  We are in a transition period as the summer crops wind down and the fall crops start growing.  So, produce wise, it is a little lower.  We did pull out all the cucumbers and summer squash this week, along with most of the purple beans which were being inundated with Mexican bean beetles.
There are still lots of green tomatoes on the vines – we will be monitoring them closely as stink bugs continue to be attracted to them.  Two large beds of green beans continue to grow well and we should be able to harvest some this week.  Carrots were replanted and organic fertilizer was added to those beds.  Additional kale was also planted this week.  Acorn and butternut squash plants have done well and there are still more to harvest this week.  The Japanese beetle population has plummeted – end of season for them as they start their grub cycle underground again.

The mystery surrounding the attack on the beet greens has now been solved.  Yesterday, Dave spotted two goldfinch enjoying the very young, fresh and colorful beet greens that are now popping up in two beds; they were there again today looking for their special treats.  Apparently, goldfinch love beet greens, kale and Swiss chard.  This is the first year they have ever bothered these crops.  So, today floating row covers were installed over the beets and kale plants and more will be added as needed.  Hopefully the birds will get the message and look someplace else  for their treats.

This week we will continue to harvest tomatoes, peppers and squash, continue cleaning out the summer crop beds and then add additional fall crops – romaine, kale, etc.  We will start again at 8 am on Tuesday and Thursday.

Great job done by all!  Many thanks.
See you in the garden.

De English
540.483.0123 (home)
540.420.8956 (cell)

2014 Scholarship Winner Checks Back with SML Rotary


Picture caption. SML Rotary Club president, Carolyn Gordon (l) thanks Ms. Mattie Green for sharing her experience as a Rotary scholarship recipient

Mattie Green, the Rotary Club of SML scholarship winner in 2014, visited the Rotary Club of SML and spoke about her first year of college at James Madison University. The Rotary Scholarship was for two years and Ms. Green, who will be a sophomore this school year, is majoring in speech therapy. She thanked the club or the scholarship and spoke about her goal of becoming a speech therapist.