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Blanco Lavender Festival
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 • Posted June 16, 2009 10:00 PM

What a tremendous weekend for Blanco. The festival was great. One of the exciting things, for me, was to look toward Bindsiel Park and see the park full of people eating, sitting, walking and listening to the music being played by various bands in the theatre area. It was worth the many hours of work by the volunteers to make the park what it was this weekend. This is the way volunteers receive pay for the many hours of work.

Tommy Vallone refinished the benches in the pergola that Dan Ward and Bob Boydston built. Tom Phillips watered the park, Don Klesick and Retta Martin took on the responsibility of placing the new cigarette butt holders on the east side, and Ruby Duecker, Barbara Dowdy, and Pat Vallone added new summer plants to the pots. Thus, because of the combined efforts of the city workers and the KBB, the many visitors enjoyed the park.

Ellen Zimmerman, the Certified Herbalist, was very interesting and informative. She gives classes and offers personal herbal consultation. I received a list of the most common herbs and I’ll be giving you some of the information. There is always so much to learn about plants and herbs.

I enjoyed visiting with Malcolm Beck and his wife Delphine. He told many of his personal experiences in the gardening and organic material business. Mulch was a continual theme throughout the program. The answer to many of our plant problems is water, fertilizer, and mulch. He has written many books that are very helpful.

TIP: Add 3-4 inches of mulch and the soil will be 25-30 degrees cooler under the mulch.

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