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High Energy in the Garden Today

 

 

Thanks to a handful of hardworking volunteers, six of the 11×8 bed frames were made.  Special thank you to Rich T., George W., Jim Gold, Andy Roth, Lezlie D., Peter G., Barbara G., Heather V. for helping build beds and more.

Some gardeners came by (John, Paul, Paula, Tina, Harry) and located their plots. Some added compost (OMRI rated please) and chatted.

I gave tours through our newly renovated garden shed which was organized by Jess C. Charlotte  C., and Marcia C..  You have to check it out. Rich T. did a great job. Now everything has a place.  Thanks to Pat and Marcia for their help today. It is appreciated.

We are lining up work parties for the week and would love to know if you can help. We have 6 more 8x11s to build and three 11x19s.  If you can lend a hand, let me know when you can come. What is best, evenings or next weekend?

I heard from a few folks that next Saturday is good.

If I know who can make it and when, I can better organize a work party as we need four people to put together (and carry) a finished bed.

Thank you, Natalie

 

Great Work Party at the Community Gardens

 

 

Nineteen people came out to help yesterday at the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.

Volunteers built 9 raised beds, tilled soil for the Monarch garden, gathered a pea trellis of branches for the woods, planted the peas, cleaned up debris, helped organize the gardener’s shed, installed tool hooks, washed windows and more.

Many of the tasks on the garden to-do list were completed. Thank you, all.

While we did a lot, we still have more beds to build and hope some of you may be able to come by this morning to give a hand.

See you in the garden, Natalie

Gardening Indoors, Dreaming of Spring

sow seed twoWhat does a gardener do when she can’t get outdoors to garden?

She gardens indoors, of course.

The snow, sleet and freezing rain of this season haven’t put a damper on my gardening spirit and today I started seedlings for the Grandmother’s garden, the Monarch garden and the Nibbler’s garden at Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.

I’m planting zinnias, milkweed, cherry tomatoes and lots of basil and dreaming of when they will be mature, blooming or ready to harvest.  Most of what I start as seeds will be done directly into the earth once the weather improves.

It’s about a month or so to when we will be able to plant tender transplants outdoors and starting my seeds in mid-April has always worked out well for me. I get a nice head start with robust plants.

By the Way: Soil temperature in the garden is about 45.  It’s time to start your peas!

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Thank you to Rick H., Ed S., Jim G., Tara, Willem, Cathy and Jess for their help in the gardens on Friday.  We raked the areas for the new beds and plots, did a general clean-up, and prepared for the season.

Soon it will feel like Spring. (I hope) And, we will be ready.Ed Spring Cleaning

Speaking of ready, I labelled all existing beds with the gardener’s name on a white tag.  You should have the plot map and be able to find your space.  If you don’t have the plot map, let me know and I will send you one by email.

See  you in the garden.

Natalie

Grandmother’s Garden at Pitney Meadows Community Farm

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Making little fairy dresses from petals will be one of the activities encouraged in the Grandmother’s Garden at Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.

Thank you to the Soroptimists for a grant of $200 toward the creation of a grandmother’s garden in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens to foster the sharing of memories and wisdom from one generation to another.

The garden will be planted with perennials as well as old-fashioned annuals such as hollyhocks, zinnias and sensory favorites such as lamb’s ears.

The idea is that grandparents and children can look, touch, smell, listen and enjoy the serenity and natural wonders of the gardens.

“It can be a quiet place to sit, read and talk or a place for curious explorations and creative endeavors,” said Natalie Walsh, Garden Director.

“There will be instructive flyers on how to make hollyhock dolls, or how to use mint to make tea or how to press flowers to make outfits for fairies,” she added.

There will also be a reading library with books for grandmothers to read to children that foster a love for the natural world.

Generations will be able to enjoy this space together.  “It’s wonderful that we will be able to begin this project this year. We appreciate the Soroptimist grant and will be putting it towards the purchase of perennials.,” said Walsh.

The grandmother’s garden consists of four large planting beds around the pergola, which will be dedicated in June in honor of Charlotte Justin and was funded by the Justin family.

If you would like to contribute toward this garden, and the purchase of books, perennials and annuals, we would love to hear from you.

UPDATE: We received another $200 donation. Thank you Patrick R.

 

Soil Samples Taken Yesterday

 

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We had flurries yesterday as we took soil samples from the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens and the entire farm.  That’s Paul Arnold, above, collecting the samples, which will be tested for nutrients. The analysis we receive will provide an informed base on which to add appropriate soil amendments.

We did this last year, too.  Testing provides the information we need to improve our sandy soils over time and to know what amendments our soil needs to best support healthy plant life. It’s a commitment to making the soils productive now and better with each coming year.

In the community gardens, four areas were sampled: the raised beds, the area to the East where the new beds will be constructed, the area nearest the field where other new plots are planned and the area North of that.

Keep posted. I will write about the results as soon as they arrive.

 

Look What’s Happening

Screen Shot 2018-04-03 at 2.22.13 PMRich T. and his son, Eric, were in the Gardener’s Shed today. It may have been snowing outside, but inside the building some serious Spring carpentry — counters and cabinets — were being created for the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.

It won’t be long before the gardeners are in there putting up the tools and getting ready for the season. A big thank you to Rich and Eric from all of us!