Michelle Dekuiper, Michigan State University Extension Mason County 4-H program associate, would like me to mention the accomplishments of the Color Me a Rainbow 4-H Club. Led by club leaders, Diane McCallum and Vicki Marie, the group received a garden mini-grant from the Mason 4-H Advisory Council from funds donated by the Mason County Garden Club. Money from the grant allowed the club members to attend the Environmental and Outdoor Education, Plant Science and Entomology Workshop at Kettunen Center this year. The hands-on opportunity to explore plant- and insect-related topics meant that club members came away excited as well as educated about gardening.
During club meetings, each club member planted three different herbs in peat moss in a coconut-fiber hanging basket. By using the container-gardening method, members demonstrated that you do not need a large area to grow plants, and that drainage and make-up of the soil can offer different options for container gardening. With the new skills they learned, the 4-H’ers will now be able to cultivate plants that they can eat, use in cooking or use for craft projects.
The club members displayed their gardens and recipes at a craft booth at the Western Michigan Fair.