Last night was week 3 of the Master Gardener class. I don't mean to speak negatively about the class, because I am very grateful to have this learning opportunity in our community. However, I do want to be honest about my feelings about it.I'm bored. I've been bored since week 1. The topics last night were Herbicides, Pesticides, and IPM (Integrated Pesticide Management). Wow. Pretty dry stuff. So while I do think the content has been rather dry, I think the format is killing me too. There is very little class participation, and we haven't done anything as a group to get to know eachother, not even introduce ourselves. I am banking on the on-campus class to be interesting and engaging. I am also hoping that the topics in the future (landscaping plants, fruits, turf, vegetable gardening) will be a little more practical in our daily life.Now on to something more fun.One part of starting a business is designing how you want your business to look to your customers. This sounds like fun to me! We are renaming the business and designing a logo, and are challenged with keeping it similar so that we don't lose existing customers.I took some pictures of Dave's old t-shirts from Natural Plus because we are planning to design a new logo by incorporating some of the old logos in.We both really like this one, it seems vintage. Maybe the vintage part is the 15 year old worn t-shirt its printed on. Ha!And this is their current logo. We have also discussed signage. This is the sign you see as you approach the nursery from the north. Dave has talked about moving it so you can see it coming from both directions, now that the road is paved. And we will have to get a new sign with our new name and logo. Lots of work to do! But for now, I'm off to clean up this mess: Moving is messy.
Last night was the 2nd week of our Master Gardener class. It was definitely more interesting than the first week, but still was hard to sit through 3 hours of lecture. The topics of discussion were plant pathology (the study of plant diseases) and entomology (the study of bugs). The second presenter had a great sense of humor which kept the class more lively, but by 9:00, I was really struggling to stay focused on the material.
October 19 we will be going to the Iowa State campus for a day of classes. I am looking forward to more hands on learning.
3 things I learned last night:
1. centipedes are not related to spiders are not related to millipedes are not related to insects. they are all their own classes.
2. you should not use potting soil from year to year because it may develop some bacteria that could infect your plants. you can heat the soil for a half hour in the oven to kill the bacteria.
3. there are 2 groups of pathogens: abiotic and biotic. biotic are living things such as bacteria, viruses, etc and abiotic are non living things that may destroy plants such as too much or too little moisture, wind, weather conditions, etc.
I do think this class is valuable. I am looking forward to doing the community service to get more involved in the "green" part of our communities.
We passed! The home inspection, that is. Only a few minor things came up, nothing to make or break the deal.Now we have to shift our focus to passing a few other upcoming tests....We have an opportunity to take a business class through our local community college, NIACC. The Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center teaches small business owners how to research, develop, and write detailed Business Plans, which can be used to create and grow successful businesses.The class is Thursday nights starting Sept 12 to Nov 14 from 6-9:30.