Get ready to rummage at the Elks annual flea market |

Get ready to rummage at the Elks annual flea market

by Amy Roby
Amy Roby

The Tahoe-Douglas Elks will host their annual flea market the weekend of Oct. 11 and 12. The sale takes places in the parking lot of the lodge, located at 1227 Kimmerling Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

There will be plenty of gently-used items available for sale, including lots of furniture. Proceeds from the sale help fund all the activities and events sponsored by the Elks throughout the year. The Elks are committed to providing programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, honoring the service and sacrifices of our veterans, and fulfilling various unmet needs within our community. Several recent Elks activities include the annual soccer shoot, the collection and distribution of school supplies for children in need, cold weather clothing collection for homeless veterans, and a contribution toward the restoration of the “Children’s Memorial” tree in South Lake Tahoe. For more information about the upcoming flea market, contact chairman Neil Peddicord at 265-5120.

Library to host local authors event

The Douglas County Public Library in Minden presents An Evening with Local Authors on Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event features mystery novelist Todd Borg and outdoor writer/enthusiast Mike White. Writers David Antonucci, Gary Cage, Bob Chambers, Luke Hart, Ron James, Sandie La Nae, Christy Olesen, Josée Perrine, Jodie Ruana, and Luther Watson are also scheduled to appear. Authors will meet readers, have copies of their books available for purchase and sign autographs.The Douglas County Public Library is located at 1625 Library Lane in Minden. For more information, find them on Facebook, visit, or call 775-782-9841.

The challenges of a not-so-green thumb

I attempted a vegetable garden for the first time last year, and was thrilled by my success. I had a bountiful harvest: pumpkins, butternut squash, cucumbers, kale, yellow squash, and more tomatoes than we could possibly eat.

This year’s plot didn’t fare quite so well. Despite my efforts, the aphids took over about mid-season. I tried spraying them off with steady streams of water, but the leaves on my squash developed powdery mildew. The plants blossomed and started to develop fruit, but never really grew. Then the squash vines started to brown from the ground outward.

I consulted with the friendly people at Plant It Nursery, and they suggested I amend the soil with more compost and perlite to help aerate the plot and assist in the retention of water.

My stepmom is a Master Gardener through the UC system. She came over the hill this weekend and helped me rip everything out. We worked the perlite and compost into the soil, and she also suggested I spread some manure and soon-to-be fallen leaves across the bed. They’ll break down over the winter and I can work everything in again come spring prior to planting. Happy soil = happy plants.

Though disappointed with the garden this year, I’m not dissuaded. I’ve got all winter to plan next year’s plot, secure in the knowledge that the soil will be nourished and ready for what’s to come. I’m hopeful my efforts now will pay off later.

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