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The Seedling -- the FCGC's newsletter for members and by members -- is published 9 times a year, once for each month when there is a club meeting. Generally 8-10  pages long, the newsletter contains a variety of topics, such as club business and announcements, garden trips, articles on growing specific plants in our area, book reviews, Internet site recommendations, etc. Items reflect the wide range of interests of the group. Typical items include:

  • A message from the FCGC president
  • Recipes using garden produce
  • Seasonal garden tips
  • Local community garden tours or sales announcements 
  • Book and/or website reviews
  • Photographs by FCGC members and guest features
  • Upcoming events of interest to FCGC members

The newsletter is no longer in print form but sent out as pdf  via email to membersl.

Sample content:
Garden Advice and Info from Past Seedlings


Prepare the beds for spring ==> Amend the soil. Add a good dose of compost to your garden soil; both green compost (fresh cut grass from the lawn, vegetable matter) and brown compost (dried and mulched leaves, dried grasses). Work well into the soil to about 10-12 inches deep.

Repair garden tools ==> Clean, sharpen and oil tools and put them in a sheltered shed or garage. Seed Storage ==> Label and store seeds in a cool, dry place, such as an attached garage or the crisper drawer in your refrigerator. 

New..fundraising for the club..

Bloomin' Bucks (

with Brent and Becky's Bulbs is a progressive fundraising program designed to earn select Non-Profit organizations cash for every order received through the Brent and Becky's Bulbs website! 

1) go to the website www://bloominbucks. Scroll down and select 

Falls Church Garden Club as the organization you like to support. 

2) Hit "Go".
3) You will go to a special REMINDER page. Read it and click YES to continue.
4) You will be taken to the Brent and Becky's Bulbs website where a portion of every dollar you spend goes to support the organization you chose.

5) If you have questions, call Brent and Becky's Bulbs: 877-661-2852

"All-in-one homemade insecticide spray From the folks at Rodale's Organic Life comes this all-in-one DIY natural insecticide, which is said to be a combination of many different recipes submitted by readers. To make it, puree 1 bulb of garlic and 1 small onion, add 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder and let steep for an hour. Strain the mixture and add 1 tablespoon of liquid soap and mix well. To apply this homemade insecticide, spray it full-strength onto both the upper surface of the leaves, as well as the undersides, and store the remainder in the refrigerator for up to a week if desired."


Greens to use on the table can be swished in sudsy water, and then rinsed.  Be sure not to leave berried branches immersed in water too long.  The red berries will turn black.


Winter is a good time to begin feeding birds, if you are not already doing so.  There are a few points to remember.  Consistency is important.  Individuals may come to rely on your handouts, neglecting their usual practice of scouting out a variety of natural food sources. Cleanliness is also important. Moldy, spoiled food can be dangerous to birds and left scattered about on the ground, it can attract undesirable creatures.


Wreaths made from cut greenery will last much longer if kept cold, so plan to use them outdoors.  Bring them inside for short periods on special occasions.

Houseplant foods are beneficial, but remember that a little fertilizer can go a long way.  Many gift plants may not need to be fertilized until spring.

Tender plants in perennial gardens benefit from a light covering of evergreen boughs or oak branches with their leaves intact.  The purpose of this covering is to lessen desiccation or drying out by wind.  Take care not to smother the plants.  You should be able to see the plants through the branches.


To discourage insects from hatching when nuts, cones, and seed pods are brought indoors for holiday arrangements, place them in the oven on the low setting for an hour.

Don’t store your lawn seeding/fertilizer spreader.  Use it to spread sand or sawdust on driveways and walkways.

Consider purchasing garden tools, books, clothing, or a gift certificate to a nursery or garden center to give as a holiday gift for that special gardener in your life.