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The Cactus and Succulent Society of Southern Nevada newsletter.
The Cactus and Succulent Society of Southern Nevada newsletter.

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The Beaver Tale 
From the President:
We had a brief snap of cold winter weather, but nothing that would hurt most of our plants. I hopethat from now going forward in 2009, frost covers stay in the garage! And the RAIN! Yes! Could wehave a bit more? If achieving heavy blooms on cactus is on your “desirable” list, don’t forget aboutlow nitrogen, high phosphate fertilizer. (Don’t start watering too much; it’s spring—not summer!)At our meeting in March, we’re going to take a more serious look at caring for our collected plants. Alittle “sharpening of our mental saw” could help us improve the quality of our plants and increase ourcollections. The overall reward for our hobby should be elevated. We each have small “nurseries” atone level or another! Victor Lindsey begins this series.
: April 4 at the Museum lobby and Lecture Hall with the desert garden rightoutside. Paula Garrett is the coordinator. Show your support and invite people to come with you!
: April 9, 10, 11, 12 in Logandale. Will CSSSN participate in any way?
: Springs Preserve, Sat., April 11, Many different kinds of plants for sale. Are youhelping? Are you Selling?
: CSN, Charleston Campus, Sat. & Sun. April 25 & 26. CSSSN is only gardenclub seller these days. We can put on one heck of a show along with some great demonstrations.We’ll need to get organized. Please come to the meeting to see how you can participate.
: PLANT WORLD on Charleston has invited us to sell, show, demonstrate, talk,etc., under the lattice on Sat. and Sun., May 16 and 17. This is another excellent opportunity. Let’snot blow it off. We’ve got some time on this one. Maybe we can even get an out of state plant vendoror two! We need to get organized. Please come to the meeting to see how you can participate.
Don’t forget it’s WILDFLOWER SEASON!!!!! The club is not organizing anevent for you. It’s your gig! Roll out of bed, guzzle some coffee, gas up your buggy or saddle yourpony and GET OUT THERE!
If you can’t get your jeans dirty in your own yard, find someone that needssome help. If you can’t get down and dirty this year, don’t forget to redo those flower pots, benches,and patios. Your hands will retreat from winter’s arthritic pain with just a bit of torn cuticle, dirt underthe nails, and a glochid or two discretely and most annoyingly placed!
: A traditional calendar feature is operational. Check it out and stay in touch through all ofthese these links:
2009 Officers & Committees
: If you are reading this and are not a member yet, consider paying up!I hope to see you Thursday – see inside for a slight change up in our routineSusan Kent
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Next Meeting: March5, 2009
Garden Center at Lorenzi Park3333 W. WashingtonLas Vegas, NVRegular meeting: Start gathering atLorenzi Park Garden Center at 4:30.We will get set up, lock the building,and car pool over to Victor’s home.After a tour there we will head backto the Garden Center and finish ourregular meeting by 7:00. A briefBoard meeting starts at 7:00.Members may attend.Tentativeplans indicate that a light snack willbe available. (This could be as smallas a pot of coffee.) If you want tomake sure finger food is available,pick something up at the supermarket on your way.PS: BRINGMONEY! Raffle plants and perhaps ashow quality plant or will be on theblock!
Monthly Meeting Program
The small home nursery! Victor Lindseyhas invited us to tour his nursery. He’llgive us plenty of ideas and cautions. Ilook forward to getting tips that couldsave me from making his samemistakes.
Membership Dues: Individual - $15.00;Household - $25
Name(s): ____________________________________  _____________________________________________ Street: _______________________________________ City,State,Zip _________________________________ Phone: ______________________________________ E-mail address: _______________________________ Email & website are default methods of communication.If you have an e-mail address, we e-mail the newsletter.If you wish a paper copy, please notify Liz at
Dues can be paid at any monthly meeting, or you maymail them. Thanks for your continued interest!CSSSN – MembershipP O Box 571101Las Vegas, NV 89157
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A Cactus Greenhouse in Iowa
by Dick Schreiber
Reprinted from the Mid-Iowa Cactus & Succulent SocietyNewsletter, February 2001
 It goes against all common sense to grow cactus andsucculents in Iowa. There are numerous reasons; toocloudy, too much rain and humidity, too hot, too manycritters, no room and then freezing temperatures comealong and force them indoors. Is this natural for the plantsand are they really happy?I chose to build a greenhouse a little over 10 years ago. Itisn't perfect or high dollar; however, it was an adventure tobuild and is giving us enjoyment year around. This is ashort article on my situation, some thoughts pertaining togreenhouses and answers to the above issues.The basic necessities of a greenhouse are shelter,sunlight, moving air and moderated temperatures. Thismeans a structure, electricity, and a heat source. It wasoverwhelming at first, to bring all this together. I needed toresearch greenhouses and find out what makes them work.Because I would be the design, construction and repairperson, and, oh yes, the person to use and enjoy it. Thus itwas my choice to proceed and do it myself. So the key tothis project was keeping it simple and I believe I did.Another way to keep it simple is to pay a contractor to dothe work. There are numerous kits and styles available forcontractor installation or the "do-it-yourselfers". It's adecision on a persons comfort level to do the workthemselves or have it done by someone else. I feltsomewhat at ease building the structure. I talked to mywife, Cynde, a lot regarding design with common senseanswers that I was looking for.There are 3-season and 4-season greenhouses, eachhave advantages and disadvantages. Often a 3-seasoncan become a 4-season with additional amendments at alater date when funds become available. A person mustdecide what is best for their needs and budget. Location,size, style, to buy or to build is all necessary to answerbefore taking the plunge into having a greenhouse. Is thereelectricity, and gas nearby for the detached greenhouse?Attaching the greenhouse to the home is an attractiveoption if there is enough room and the sun location permitsthis. The costs of heating would be minimal being attachedto the home and visiting the greenhouse would be likewalking to another room in your home. Very appealing toconsider, however, it would not work for my situation.
The framework of our greenhouse is a second handaluminum Lord and Burnham lean-to, that I had decided toplace along my 24' long garage. This makes it run North toSouth pretty much and 20 feet or so away from the house.This lean-to is approximately 7' wide. The person Ipurchased this from had no appreciation for thegreenhouse and basically wanted it removed ($450). It was28 1/2' long and was in disrepair. We disassembled it inone day (with the help of my father, brother and sister-in-law), and moved the many pieces to my home. It wasstored until it was needed.I had to provide a base or foundation for the wall, bydigging down 2' and pouring concrete footings. Then ashort knee wall sits atop that, to provide a beginning for theframework erection. I completed the utilities, foundationand framework the first year. Year 2 saw the glass sidesand Lexan top panels go together and the greenhousebecame a tight shelter. The midsummer was spent buildingthe benches for the plants to set on. Going into fall, I chosea hot water heater for keeping the plants warm in winter.The idea came from a MICSS club member (Elwin Hand)that had used it successfully and he was proud to explainhis setup. It consisted of a 30-gallon residential gas water-heater, fin tubes, a thermostat, and a circulation pump. Itwas simple and I could do it.I installed the fin tubes under the benches to give off theheat to the plants above. This fin tube is a copper pipe withaluminum fins or radiators on them to give off heat from thehot water inside it. The pump moves the heated wateraround the loop of pipe, returning the water to the water-heater (in the garage) for another trip, warming the entirestructure. The thermostat shuts off the pump when thestructure reaches the temperature it was set for. I keepmine at 50 degrees F. Simple and it works. We figure itcosts about $1.50 per day, during the winter months. Thewater is actually a 50/50 mix of water and glycol (anti-freeze) to keep from freezing a pipe. This actually

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