Monday, February 17, 2020

Town Hall Meeting February 10, 2020


Monday night, February 10th, 2020, a Town Hall meeting was held at Mandarin Garden Club, 2892 Loretto Rd., by Representative Mike Boylan to discuss the proposed development of 55 homes along Loretto Road.

A crowd of about 150 people attended the event to learn about the development and to express their concerns. Flooding and traffic were the two big issues discussed. The developer was present and is planning 70 ft lots for homes priced in the $400,000’s. It was a very heated meeting among long time residents, the developer, and city officials.

The developer’s application is before the Planning Commission and the City Council.




Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Fall Garden Tips for Zone 9

In Zone 9, Fall can be one of the most productive seasons in the garden.  The temperatures are not  as extreme as the summer and in many parts of the country there is a fair amount of rain.  To ensure a good season, it is important to be prepared for the fall growing season.  Here are some tips to get your fall garden started.

Clean the Garden -

With the extreme heat that many parts of Zone 9 experience during the summer, many gardens will need a good clean up to get ready for the fall garden.  This clean up will include -

Removing Spent Crops - Removing Weeds - Removing Fallen Fruit

During the dog days of summer many gardeners will neglect their garden.  Some do it because they do not want to work in the heat, some do it because they are not a fan of the limited crops that can be grown in Zone 9 summers.  Whatever the reason, a good cleanup will give your garden a great start for the fall.

Loosen Compacted Soil - this is a good practice when prepping a garden for any season and pretty much every crop.  Loosening compacted soil will encourage faster root growth, allow water to get to roots easier, allow for better drainage and make nutrients easier for plants to access.  A garden fork or a twist tiller work great for this.  Simply dig down into the soil and move it around to loosen it up!

Amend the Soil - adding nutrients to soil will help ensure a successful fall garden.  Compost, manure, worm castings, fertilizers (we prefer organic fertilizers to help keep the microbes and other life in the soil happy), and any well broken down organic matter.

Mulch - mulch can be vital to the success of a garden in Zone 9.  The mulch helps keep the soil temperatures down on hot sunny days, helps retain moisture and helps prevent wees.  Mulching the entire garden during the fall is always a good practice to help ensure a bountiful fall garden harvest.

Thank you to Joy Breitung for this information.




Saturday, August 10, 2019

A Moment in Your Garden

For me gardens are all about sanctuary and moments in time.  I can have a bad day and go out into my garden and find a sense of peace.

There are so many "moments" we eagerly anticipate - that first bloom of a beloved plant, the first sign of spring, harvesting our vegetables and herbs, those dreaded weeds, and the delightful smell of your favorite plant.

One of our members, Past President, Stacia Snuggs had one of those moments just recently with her night blooming cereus.  

She caught a picture of one of the blooms recently and shared with us -



Wikipedia tells us - Night-blooming cereus is the common name referring to a large number of flowering ceroid cacti that bloom at night.  The flowers are short lived, and some of these species, such as Selenicereus grandiflorus bloom only once a year for a single night.

A true "moment in time" in Stacia's garden.

Respectfully Submitted,

Karen Rowe


Monday, June 24, 2019

Sea Turtle Seminar

George DeMarino who works with Sea Turtle Rescue Operations will be presenting a seminar at the Live Oak Circle Meeting.

The meeting is June 27th, 2019, at 7 p.m.  Please don't miss this spectacular learning experience.  Children are welcome.

My family and I were lucky enough to see George in action this past weekend.  His knowledge and dedication are much appreciated.  The job is much more involved than I realized. 

See below some recent pictures of George working in South Ponte Vedra Beach area.









It was great seeing George in action.  Hope to see you all at the meeting on Thursday!

Respectfully Submitted,


Karen Rowe