Seed Starting and Cultivation

Vegetable Planting
June 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Home of Kathy Dillon
148 Westhall Drive
Charles Town
Jane Blash

Seed Starting with Cathy Sigalas

Hear from an experienced Master Gardener about seed starting. How do seeds germinate? What equipment and supplies are needed to start seeds indoors, and what is the procedure? How do we get our seedlings ready for the outdoors? Cathy will provide her personal tips and lessons learned. While this presentation focuses on vegetables, her principles also apply to starting flowers from seeds.

Cathy Sigalas grew up in Wilmington, DE and received her degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware. She moved to Washington, DC and worked in politics for many years, during which time she earned her law degree from George Mason University. Her law practice consisted mostly of work for publicly traded corporations. After her husband retired from the federal government, they moved to the Eastern Panhandle in 2012. Cathy and her husband, Michael, have five children and six grandchildren. Cathy was a member of the 2013 Master gardener class. She served as President of the Association in 2015 and 2016, and Treasurer in 2017 and 2018. Cathy and Michael make their home in Shenandoah Junction.

Vegetable Planting and Cultivation with Wilma Myers

Let’s learn how to grow some basic vegetables! What vegetables are the most economic to grow? We discuss planting instructions for vegetables and a little companion planting information.

Wilma Myers has been a Master Gardener with the Berkeley-Jefferson Extension Master Gardeners for five years and has served on the Master Gardener board in various capacities. Born into a large farming family on a self-sustaining farm of 150+ acres, Wilma has been involved with gardening in one way or another her whole life.

Wilma retired from the federal government as a budget analyst and then worked as a real estate agent for several years. She and her Air Force husband lived in Colorado, Germany, Texas, and Virginia before moving back to West Virginia thirteen years ago. She now has a 15-acre property with a delightful view and a challenging landscape. Wilma takes a casual approach to gardening, believing that gardening should be fun and rewarding and that everyone can grow something, somewhere.

Breakfast begins at 9:00am followed by the program at 9:30am. Bring a folding chair or lawn chair if possible. Bring a breakfast food to share and garden plants for exchange. Plants for exchange should be placed in front of the garage. Rain or shine.

From Kathy: On Saturday morning till noon, the Charles Town Farmer’s Market is open off Washington Street. The beautiful mosaics completed by the community a year ago on Memorial Day weekend can be see downtown and at Ebbits Run Park at the west end of Charles Town. My husband and I worked on the one at Ebbits Run. They were completed with 600 volunteers and Isaiah Zagar from Philadelphia, creator of The Magic Garden in Philly.

Directions: The entrance to the Tuscawilla Hills development is on Route 51 on the west side of Charles Town. Turn into Tuscawilla Hills Drive (by the Citgo station). Make an immediate right on Mountaineer Court and left on Westhall Drive. Kathy’s house is the first one on the left.

Parking and entering: Parking is on both sides of the street. Please come to the right of the house to walk to the backyard through Kathy’s perennial and annual garden, through the gate, past the veggies and berries.