March 23 potluck topic: Testing your garden soil

What do you know about your soil? Do you know its pH, organic matter content, texture, or nutrient content?  These are critical soil properties that determine how well a garden will produce.  They are elements of building soil in your garden.

Gray Henderson, retired soil scientist and avid gardener, will lead a discussion on how to test your soil, what labs to use, what it will cost, and how to interpret the test results.  Soil test bags will be available at the potluck for you to use.  Information will be provided on which tests to request and how to fill out the test forms.  Informal discussion will be encouraged to answer any soil and gardening questions you might have.

Join us Thursday, March 23rd, at 6 PM for a community potluck and presentation.  Bring a dish to share with 6-8 people.  This event will be held in the basement of Trinity Lutheran Church, Bonners Ferry.  (Enter the church’s Fellowship Hall via the door on the Northwest corner of the church).

GROW! Potluck featuring Gardening in North Idaho Presentation and Discussion

Please join us on Thursday, February 23, at 6pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall!

Temperatures are going to be in the single digits but the days are getting longer and today the sun is shining (part-time).  Spring is not too far away.  SO, THAT MEANS GARDENING SEASON IS AHEAD!

Edward and Julie Newcomb from Cloud Eleven Mountain Farm will tell us about their experiences gardening in North Idaho and managing their certified organic market garden.  They will talk about what has worked for them and what their challenges have been.  Julie and Edward are a wealth of knowledge and have learned the “tricks of the trade” first hand.  You won’t want to miss their presentation and be prepared to engage in an informal discussion by bringing your questions and experience.

It’s a potluck.  Bring a dish to share with 6-8 people and enjoy the camaraderie with other gardeners.

6 PM, Trinity Lutheran Church (Bonners Ferry), Thursday January 23.

GROW! Annual Membership Meeting and Community Potluck on Thursday, January 26, 6pm, at Trinity Lutheran Church

Art Church’s Copeland area orchard included mulched tree rows

Please join us on Thursday, January 26, at 6pm at Trinity Lutheran Church’s Fellowship Hall for our GROW! Annual Membership Meeting and community potluck featuring Board Member Art Church. Art will lead a discussion on growing fruit trees in Boundary County. Art planned and designed the GROW! Community Garden’s new 40-tree fruit orchard, which was installed in 2022, complete with a drip irrigation system. He will discuss sources for outstanding tree fruit stock as well as adapted and innovative new varieties for this region. The orchard includes peaches, plums, aprictos, European and Asian pears, pluots, pluerries, nectaplums, pawpaws and jujubes.

Please bring a dish to share and RSVP to for planning purposes. GROW! will provide beverages and place settings.