The Best of Thymes Herb Club members met April 24 at the home of Karen Staub for their annual mushroom hunt. Several women walked through the surrounding woods after riding a tractor-pulled wagon to their destination. However, the rains came and ended the adventure. Laura Kennedy won the mushroom prize with 10. Lois Lawson won for the biggest mushroom.
Charlene Miller gave the table grace before the evening meal. The hostess had prepared a skillet of fried mushrooms and other members provided salads, desserts and other tasty food dishes.
Karen presented a program and demonstration on composting. Each member received a how-to sheet. She said composting is a decomposed mixture for fertilizing or renovating land in which plants are grown; a process of making humus. She said the purpose of composting is to break down organic matter, reduce waste, reduce landfill space, prevent soil erosion and to make humus. The workers in compost are earthworms, bacteria, fungi and moisture.
Lois Lawson gave starts of Dinner Plate Hibiscus, Patriot Hosta and Dame's Rocket to interested members.
President Peggy Potts reminded members of the Herb Faire on May 10 at Fairbanks Park, Terre Haute. Door prizes were won by Ruth Timm, Jean Rowings, Beth Meuser, and Jean Alsip. Each member received a tea towel, placemat and plant marker. The hostess received a gift.
Others attending were Sue Thompson, Carolyn Petty, Carol Swearingen, Carolyn Trout, Johna Lumsdon, Pat Krider, Bev Webster, Rozie Aker, Pat Deakins, Rose Marie Weber, Jeanne McMichael and Sipriana Bussing.
The next meeting will be May 29 at the home of Beth Meuser.