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March 14, 2012 The Sentinel Page 9 The Way I see it by Mike Kelly So far March has been typical, weather wise. A 26 degree morning this past week ruined many of the blooms on the few rhododendrons that have flowers. Now a long period of rain is in the forecast, so it is doubtful the front garden can be tilled before COQUILLE: If any local gkrdeners have an abundance of perennial herbs which can be divided and donated, please let us know. Rental applications for garden plots are available in the garden shed, at the Sentinel office, and at the Coquille Library. FREE EVENTS at the garden: Cloche Class March 24th at 11:00am. ANNUAL PLANT AND YARD SALE Saturday, May 5th from 11:00am until 3:00pm at the garden. Coquille Community Garden is located at 180 N. Baxter, and the mailing address is POB 165, Coquille, OR 97423. Contact: Dawn Brittain at (541) 396-1793. E-mail coquillegarden@gmail.com and web- site www.coquillecommunitygarden.org COOS BAY: Rental applications for garden plots are avail- able at McKay's Freshmart, Farr's (Coos Bay), And Coos Grange. FREE EVENTS at the Coos Bay Library, Myrtlewood room: Garden Enclosures, Greenhouses & frost/pest protection March 17th from 12-2, Compost, April 146th from 12-2. Ladybug Landing is located at 8th and Anderson. Contact: Renee Blom at (541) 269-7468. LAKESIDE: Rental applications for garden plots are avail- able at Lakeside City Hall. Harmony Garden is located at 915 N. Lake Rd., next to the Lakeside City Hall. Contact: Aaron Richards at baprichards@gmail.com PHENOLOGY by Sandra Stafford No, it is not Phrenology, the ancient practice of reading the bumps on someone's head to foretell their future. Phenology is another very old, and fascinating, technique for timing plantings with the blooming or leafing out of other plants in your garden. The word Phenology is derived from the Greek phainomai - to appear, come into view - it is the study of annual plant & animal cycles. Here are a few examples: When crocus bloom, prune roses. When daffodils begin to bloom, sow peas. When lilac leaves are the size of mouse's ears, sow peas, lettuce and other cool weather crops. When lilac is in full bloom, plant beans. Once lilac flowers fade, plant squash and cucumbers. Plant perennials when maple leaves begin to unfold. When crabapple and wild plum are at bud break, tent caterpillars are hatching. Begin looking for and controlling them. When the first dandelion blooms, plant potatoes. When dandelions are blooming, plant lettuce, spinach, beets, and carrots. When lily-of-the-valley blooms, plant tomatoes. When dogwood reaches peak bloom, plant tomatoes and early COrn. When daylilies begin to bloom, plant tomatoes and peppers. When irises bloom, transplant eggplant, melons and peppers. When apple trees shed their petals, sow corn. When oak leaves are the size of a squirrel's ear, sow com. When mock orange bloom, sow broccoli and cabbage for fall har- vest. You can find more interesting, age old methods for planting on the internet by searching the word "Phenology." Many websites have historical lists and contemporary lists of indicator plants for the timing of planting vegetables and other plants in the land- scape. Sometimes in going back to old-fashioned traditions used by our grandparents, we fred their ideas are better than the easy fixes we use today. This age-old technique certainly connects us more closely with the natural world and helps to improve our awareness of what is happening around us. the spring garden plants are ready to be set out. Luckily, the kitchen garden is always workable, so again this year that is where the cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower can be planted. I don't think they do as well in the kitchen garden, it has a bit less sun than down front, but better than planting in untilled, weedy, soil. A later crop of these vegetables will be grown for the front garden. I would think the raised beds at the Coquille Community Garden are plantable, almost anytime, as they drain well and con- tain a good soil mix. It isn't too late to prune fruit trees, if they haven't started new growth, and even if they have, pruning can be done to remove any diseased or unwanted wood. Flowering shrubs are best if left to bloom, to get the optimum enjoyment from them, and then prune. Nearly all flowering shrubs are not fussy about whether they are pruned or not. It is mostly a matter of keeping them in the desired size and shape. Those of you who visited my garden last summer may recall that the large bed of mostly rhododendrons below the house is becoming overgrown. I am not certain if I want to do a heavy pruning of all those plants, or if it would be better to remove about a fourth or more. There are probably close to a hun- dred or more plants, and when the garden was young it was very attractive. Now it is suffering from the overcrowding, there are less blooms on many plants, and in fact it is hard to get around to enjoy. In my sometimes spontaneous way of puzzling things out, one of these days I will attack and probably do a combination of pruning hard, removing some, and perhaps moving some of the smaller ones elsewhere. Spring bulbs tend to multiply over the years to the point that eventually they become crowded and don't all bloom. The best time to dig and separate is, of course, after the foliage has died back in late spring or early summer. In well grown older beds, bulbs will be very crowded and even at different levels, some on top of others. When digging, invariably some will be damaged by the shovel, and you will realize you have so many it really doesn't matter. I usually dig out the entire bed, and then replant, leaving an inch or two each way between the bulbs. New plant- ings can be made with surplus bulbs, or they can bgiven to friends. But now is the time to make a mental note or even a map of where they need to be dug, and plans made as to what to do with the extras, if there is no more room in the garden. One nice thing about daffodils is they are not particular as to where they are planted. Naturally they do best in sunny locations, but do almost as well in partial shade. The English bells are so prolific that every year I pull and discard many after the foliage is dead, and still they return the following year. Muscari, grape hyacinths, are nearly as prolific, but tend to be less invasive as the English bells, so they are mostly left to do as nature intended. Remember, it is your garden, and anything you care to do is fine, as long as it pleases you. : ' 1 St. Pat.'s day dinner: Saturday, March 17 (St. Pat's day!) 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Coquille Community Building Corned Beef Cabbage, potatoes, carrots Whole grain mustard! No Host Bar for the beers $10 ticket available from City Hall Roxy Barber Shop Umpqua Bank The Sentinel $12 at the door. Come on Down, lads and lassies! | Fertilize Your Mind Garden Seminar Series OSU Extension's Fertilize Your Mind Garden Seminar Series will be held Saturday, March 31, 2012, from 9:00am until 4:00pm at the Performing Arts Center at Southwestern Oregon Community College. This year's keynote speaker will be John Fischer, formally the television meteorologist and garden reporter for KEZI news of Eugene. Mr. Fischer will be speaking on "Weather and the Effects on Gardening". After the keynote address, the remainder of the day will be filled with three, 75 minute class sessions. In each class session, registered attendees will be able to choose one of four classes to attend. Classes being offered include: raised bed gardening; harvesting vegetables; adaptive gardening (making gardening easier); chickens and ducks; basic gardening 101; lasagna gardening and compost; dried foods (use and emergency preparedness); grafting; how to plant a wire basket; and why you need bugs for a healthy garden. This fun and informative seminar series is $25.00 per person. Class space is still available, but filling up fast! Registration forms may be found online at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/coos/or by contacting the Coos County OSU Extension Office at (541) 572-5263. The seminar is sponsored by the Coos County Oregon State University Extension Service and the Coos County Master Gardener Association. Food as Medicine Workshop Celebrate National Nutrition Month by learning how foods can work to improve your health. Applied Nutrition, a 2-day workshop sponsored by OSU Extension Family & Community Health, has been moved to March. Workshop starts with basic nutrition and meal planning progressing to discussion of disease prevention and weight management. This course is a must-have for everyone but is also perfect for teachers, nurses and anyone who plans meals for others. Course is taught by Stephanie Polizzi, Registered Dietitian and Certified Health Education Specialist, through OSU Extension Family & Community Health. Workshop will be held at Bandon Community Library confer- ence room on Monday, Mar 19th and Tuesday, Mar 20th from 10 Am to 4 Pm. Workshop fee is $65.00 and you can refresh annual- ly for FREE. Includes 120 page .tyaining manual. Pre-registration is required. Call 541-572-5263 extension 240 for more informa- tion or to receive a registration packet. Master Food Preserver Volunteer Training The Master Food Preserver volunteers provide great commu- nity workshops like Canning Tuna, Artisan Breads and cheese- making. Now you can join the volunteers in sharing safe preser- vation techniques with the community by becoming a trained OSU Extension volunteer. Enroll now in the Food Safety and Preservation training beginning March 24th. Training covers preservation techniques in drying, freezing, smoking, pickling, making jams/jellies and safely canning meats, fish and vegetables. Graduates of the training are Master Food Preservers certified by OSU Extension Family & Community Health. Training also includes the state food handler's certification" Training consists of home study materials and 4 hands-on practicums where you practice your skills with veteran volunteers. First training date is Saturday, Mar 24th from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Bandon Community Library. The remaining practicums (Apr 15th, Apr 28th and May 12th) will be held at the OSU Extension office in Myrtle Point, 9 AM to 5 PM. Class fee is $135.00 (some scholarships available). Registration deadline is March 12th. 00)id tjou know this00 g editor lturcal: 9orothg Taglor LATTER DAY SAINTS CHURCH Shelly Road (1 Oth in church series) (ed note) The research regarding this church was so informative that I am sending it just like it was written ad submitted. Thank you Helen Taylor (not related). by Helen Taylor A short while ago, I was asked what I knew about the history of the Latter-day Saint church (some times called the Mormons) that I attend here in Coquille. Well, my husband and I moved up here from San Francisco in 1970 so of course I should know all about it, Right? Wrong! My next step was to do quite a bit of interviewing. Here is the infor- mation I have gathered and I believe is corrct. The LDS church was chartered on April 6, 1830 in Seneca, New York, with but 6 original members. This church has grown world wide with a membership today of over 14 million people. ]'he Coquille ward can not boast an3 such gigantic figure, but enjoys the association of approximately 74 families. The church in Coqulle had its beginnings in approximately 1950 as a dependent Sunday School. As far as a meeting place or building of their own, it was just a group of eager families who wanted to have church services, and they were held in the homes of various people. Two names of some of the Coquille organizers that I have found are Joseph O. Campell and Clifford L. Strom. The LDS church that had been developed earlier in Bandon became the parent of this group. The members of the small group struggled until 1952 when they were able to meet in the American Legion Hall above the Rackleff Drug Store in Downtown Coquille. (This permanent group was under the direction of Wally Brown and some of the names of other members at that time are Seiferts, Edgrnands, Campbells, Grace McBeth, Sybil Conrad, Ruth Ottley, Jennie Warnstaff and Dr. P.T. Wolfe's family. ) The group had growing pains and in 1954 Joseph Cambell made a gift of his parents' home at 1226 N. Dean Street to the group. This home required a great deal of work to turn it into a building with chapel and meet- ing rooms, great kitchen, and even a baptismal font, but work the members did and accomplished a great feat through all volunteer help. The building was dedicatd by an apostle of the church in 1960 and the group was then recognized as a ward in the South Western Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints. It's first Bishop was Robert F. Coon. All officers, teachers and other staff members of the church are unsalaried lay people. Each has his or her own occuption aside from the church calling. As far as financing the church, each member is asked to pay a full tithe and the suggestion is made to fast and then donate the amount of two meals on the first Sunday of each month to aid those less fortunate. Tithing or any donation is quietly given to the Bishop or one of his 2 Counselors. There is no public atten- tion given to this practice. The church has several divisions under one Bishop. We have a Sacrament meeting each Sunday morning, then a Sunday School class divided by ages for children or adults and then at a different hour, a meeting held just for the males, one for the females, one for the youth and one for the younger childrenfrom 3 to 11. And of course, there is a nursery provided for the youngest up to 2 years of age. I found some interesting information about the Women's group, called the Relief Society. The Relief Society was one of the first groups organized in Utah by the church in 1842. Here in Coquille, it was organized in 1951. The Relief society had to fund its own projects. One of their first money making projects was the making canning and selling of English plum puddings. I would bet there are now some citizens living in Coqu!lle who bought and enjoyed those puddings which were on sale for ONE whole dollar each. The puddings were made near Christmas time and were often sold to be sent as gifts all over the world. The church "had a great friend in Jean, the owner of Jean's Market who pro- vided all the ingredients and allowed the Relief Society to sell their wares from her store as well a thru private contacts. Her daughter is Mrs Barabara Stafford who is still active here in our city of Coquille. The recipe to the "secret pudding" is included at the end of this article. Many hands worked on this project. One of the major pair of hands belonged to Dr. P.T. Wolfe who was eager to help his wife, Phylis and her church Sisters. The pudding came contained in a sealed can which had a recipe on the label for lemon pudding to be served over the cakes. A year's earnings of over $116 was not unusual for the group's efforts. 1979 found the ward eager to move on to a bigger and better facility, so under the direction of Bishop, Douglas Price, plans were made for a new building to be built on Shelly Road with a licensed contractor and the safety precautions in place. This began in December of 1979 and finished in October of 1980. In 2006 the ward felt 'crowded' and arranged for building a new portion to the building ..... completed by the end of 2007. We are proud of our church and welcome anyone who might like to tour our build- ing. PLUM PUDDING MAKES 35 ONE POUND #2 CANS.* 2 1/2 lbs soft bread crumbs 1 1/4 lb dates 2 1/2 tsp soda 10 lbs seeded raisins 2 doz eggs beaten 10 tsp baking powder 5 lbs currents 5 lbs flour 5 tsp cinnamon 1 3/4 lbs chopped candied citron peel 2 1/2 lbs sugar 5 tsp cloves 3/4 lb candied lemon peel 6 tsp nutmeg 2/3 cup molasses 2 tsp vanilla Dr. Wolfe provided the huge aluminum kettle which this was cooked in. It was then sealed in the cans with a can sealer. (ed note: you can still buy these sealers today. I think they are used quite bit for fish, etc.)