Posted by Sherry Ennis on Jun 22, 2019

Dear Members,

The annual North Idaho Garden Gamble is on! Every year it’s like a role of the dice; some years I’m lucky and other years it’s a bust. My gardening career began in Portland, Oregon. In the Willamette Valley, you plop in a seed and, poof, it’s Jack and the Beanstalk. In North Idaho it’s not so simple. In North Idaho the first thing you do is buy some new dirt (Who ever heard of such a thing?). Then you start a compost pile, go searching for someone’s animal poop and vats of kelp to amend that soil. Next you fence the entire plot off to keep the plant predators out. Finally you put those precious seeds and plants in the ground and. . . .  Over the past 15 years I’ve learned that my corn never gets as high as an elephant’s eye, the green pepper plants are generally the same size at the end of season as they were when planted, the tomatoes plants are luxuriant and productive one year and look like they have the plague the next, and on and on. What’s a gardener to do? Well, I’m jettisoning the corn and peppers but not giving up on the tomatoes, and there’s always garlic, which never fails.
Of course, no discussion of North Idaho gardening is complete without mention of the DEER. My veggies are safely behind that fence but not so the flower beds. I’ve found flowers that deer don’t much like but there is always some deer candy hidden in there somewhere. Of course, a dog helps, but he does have to sleep at night. I’ve tried sensor activated sprinklers which worked for a while, but the deer got wise. Last year I thought I had discovered the elixir of happiness with a stinky new spray. But, then, last week, when I was away for five days, it failed me. The phlox, bellflower and delphiniums were the sorry victims. What to do? I guess next spring I’ll move the phlox and delphiniums into the corn patch and replace the bell pepper with the bellflower. I can’t eat those flowers, but I certainly will enjoy them!

Wednesday’s General Meeting was the last until our 40th Anniversary Celebration on September 18 at 1:00 p.m. at the Panida Theater. You will be receiving more information about this later in the summer, so be sure to read your messages from CAL.

For those of you not in attendance, the disappointing news was that Bizarre Bazaar will not be moving to the Paint Bucket due to changing circumstances for the current owners. Although many of you will be disappointed, as was I, to hear this news, we should look on the bright side. We don’t have to move! The Board has agreed to, and is in the process of, negotiating a new lease with the owners of our current building.

What a superb program Sally Lowry and the Scholarship committee put on for us. It was a complete departure from previous presentations and was inspiring and heart-warming. Once again we were reminded of why we work so hard at Bizarre Bazaar. It is to help these amazing young people achieve their dreams! 

Here’s to a wonderful summer in Sandpoint! I hope to see you at Bizarre Bazaar and in the 4th of July Parade!

Sherry Ennis