Ruby McBeth: Gardening gurus and getting on Zoom

Being spring planting time, I decided to contact Ellen Fox for some tips on gardening.

I had seen Ellen at the Fall Fair over the years in the gardening section. I had bought some pansies and other flowers. I suspected that pansies were pretty hardy. Ellen told me that yes, I could put the pansy sets out now; however, at first I should cover them at night – just until they get hardened. She said that peas are also hardy and can be planted early.

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When I asked about slugs, she said either set out saucers of beer or sprinkle them with salt. I had heard about both of these remedies so that was reassuring.

I have not always had luck with my apple tree (Heyer 12). Some years it produces many apples but other years only a few. She said I could get a branch with blooms on it from a neighbour, put it in water and set it under my apple tree. She said that had worked for her. All I need now is to find someone who is willing to give me a branch!

Women’s Institute gets with Zoom

The Peace River District of the Women’s Institute (WI) had their annual general meeting this year on Zoom. Jill Copes who has been teaching us about Zoom hosted our AGM.

In our In-Memoriam time we remembered Margaret Dool a beloved life member of the North Pine W.I. Margaret passed away in March.

We had been having Zoom coffee parties to get used to Zoom for the three weeks before our AGM. It was good that we did as it took time for people to get used to the platform. Our coffee times will continue at 4 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.

Visitors are welcome. Contact me at and I will arrange for you to join us.

From Laura Lee Life

This is an excerpt from a letter I received from Laura Lee Life. I thought she captured springtime in the country.

“I heard geese up the east field Wednesday evening, so am hoping my nesting pair will be by soon to set up housekeeping on the pond. There were 2 mallards in the little pondlet by the driveway yesterday, couldn’t ID one so don’t know if a pair or 2 bachelors, and a robin and a junco were near the feeders in the afternoon. Pussy willows coming along well.”  

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