Luna Reunion—May 26
board or grow cloth. Plastic is not suggested as the water cannot permeate the plastic.
I strongly suggest a bubbling hose on a timer. Set up the water system before planting, and you will save a lot of heartache.
At the end of the season, the straw will be reduced to great compost. Use it to grow potatoes or spread it in pots or gardens.
Good straw bales are available from feed stores, farmers markets, and dealers. Look for tight bales. Do not use any straw that has been sprayed with 2-4-D, a herbicide that kills weeds in crops. It will kill your straw bale garden. I can usually find bales for around $5.00. Discolored bales and bales that have been wet are ok, but ask for a price reduction. Do not use hay or grass. They contain seeds and will not be good in a garden. The book, Straw Bale Gardens, by Joel Karsten is a great source, or visit strawgardens.com.
Donald N. Brown was raised on a potato farm in Idaho, and has gardened all his life. He owned a fertilizer business in Arizona, helping growers of cotton, grain, alfalfa, vegetable crops, corn, and fruit crops. He has grown with straw bales for three years and continues to be amazed at how much he learns every year. He currently lives in Luna, New Mexico.
●◊● by Robert Nicolds
As the years go by many of our former residents pass away, and we wish that we had made an effort to get together with them before that happened. So a group of people have planned a reunion—a reunion for anyone who has ever lived in Luna— it doesn't matter how old, or how young. In fact, the more the merrier and we hope to renew acquaintances from times past and recall good times we had "back when".
The reunion will be held Saturday, May 26, 10 AM (New Mexico time) at the Luna Community Center. We encourage you to join us. There will be visiting, stories from the past, games, music, a barbecue beef dinner at 1 PM, an auction to help pay for the event, door prizes, family histories, and a dance from 7 to 9 PM.
Please bring lawn chairs, water bottles, a large potluck dish (side dish or dessert), pictures from the past, a door prize to donate if you choose to do so, and a dessert or other auction item. Also, please spread the word—we are making an ef- fort to contact everyone who ever lived here, but need help. Or if you have names and addresses, email them or give me a call.
We would appreciate help with the plans and preparations, so if you can and are willing, please contact Alberta (Fortune) Nicolds at 575-5472476 or email@example.com.
This if the first Luna Reunion—if there is enough interest we may do it again! We hope to see you there. ◊●◊