Fairy Houses on Exhibit Until Monday

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Just in case you didn’t get to see them at the fairy gathering, the houses made by the Girl Scouts will remain on exhibit in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens until Monday, May 28th.

Come see and be enchanted. These delight little dwellings are sure to charm.  And it’s not just houses, our fairy-in-residence artist, Jess Clauser, has created a neighborhood with branches, slices of logs, mushrooms and more.  The area has cultivated mini-landscapes with tiny bridges, terra cotta pots and lounge chairs.  It looks like fairies live there.

And, at least one young visitor at the fairy gathering over the weekend, said he saw one in one of the houses.Screen Shot 2018-05-23 at 5.48.40 AM

If you haven’t come to see the fairy garden, please do. It is located at the end of the pathway on the northern edge of the community gardens where the wide path ends and the field begins.

According to legend, fairies have the power to bring happiness. Considering all the smiles I’ve seen on the faces of adults and children as they explore what is in this little village, the legend is true.


Fairy Gathering a Huge Success

I left the gardens about an hour ago, but the smile on my face will likely last for days

What a wonderful day for the gardens.  We had about 125 fairies and friends of fairies participate in the fairy gathering at Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.

Thank you to Susan Rivers, our fairy godmother, for her generous support of this event.

A big round of applause to Jess Clauser, our girl scout badge coordinator, who organized the fairy house decorating with over 30 scouts. The houses were delightful and many are still in the gardens for everyone to enjoy. I’m so fortunate to have someone of such extraordinary talent and such a kind heart in the gardens.
Thank you Charlotte. You are such a joy. Your willingness to lend a hand in so many ways is deeply appreciated.
Thank you Kim Fonda, one of the fairy village landscape architects, who worked along with Jess. You both did amazing work.  There were constant “ohhh and ahhs” by everyone as they walked along the border. Thank you for all you did from planting to planning and for selling T-shirts for the farm.
Thank you to Jan DeMeo for your help with the signs.
A big thank you to Judy B., who helped make pretzel fairy wands, decorated with a magical touch and made the treats table look enchanting. And, who with Sharon S. and Kathy R. from the Senior Center were hostesses at the treats tables. We served fairy water, cookies, enchanted eggs, pixie stix and these incredible cookies made by Heather V. that were admired by everyone. Look an the image of a fairy admiring one below. Her expression says it all.
Music for the Fairies
Thank you to Andy Roth for playing music with his guitar and harmonica for us.  Andy, the children loved it and one parent made a point of telling me how the music added to the “vibe of the day.”  So true. Thank you.
To Anne Curtin, our sunflower contest coordinator, for helping the children plant seeds for the sunflower contest.  She had many fairies lining up to plant to the delight of everyone.
And for our energetic fairies, Chris Marsh organized ball games in the field. It was a delight to see the fairies with their wings running after the ball. Siblings of fairies were out there too having fun.
What a day. I will treasure the memory. Thank you all. I couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you.
You make the community garden work. You made this a magical day.
And, I am grateful.

Garden Workshops Start this Week

Look what’s ahead in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens. You don’t have to be a community gardener to join the classes, which are free.  Just come to the farm, which is located at 223 West Avenue in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Hope to see you in the gardens.

Food Preservation 101 May 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

This class will serve as an introduction to the various methods of food preservation, including Boiling Water Bath and Pressure Canning, Freezing, and Dehydrating. It will include a show & tell of the equipment and supplies needed, as well as reliable recipe sources for jams & jellies, pickles & ferments, etc.

Diane Whitten, Nutrition Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension, has taught food preservation for over 15 years. As a Certified Master Food Preserver, she teaches Master Food Preserver workshops throughout New York State. For information about food preservation and classes, go to http://www.ccesaratoga.org, or email dwhitten@cornell.edu.

Tips for Great Tomatoes May 31, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

How do I know what tomato plants would be best for me? Heirlooms?
How do I plant them to give them a healthy start?
How much space will my plants need?
And how do I support the plants, so they won’t fall out of my beds?
What problems are common with tomato plants … and how do I deal with them in an organic garden?

Come to this session to learn the answers to these questions and more to help you have your best tomatoes ever.

Robert Curry has been gardening since he was 5 years old. He lives and breathes gardening. He grows up to 80 different types of some vegetables and loves to talk about what he’s up to in his garden. A carpenter by trade, Robert has a special interest in fruits, sustainable living, and cooking.

Fairy Gathering will be SUNday

justin2The first event of the season – our fairy gathering and fairy house exhibit – will be on Sunday from 1 to 3 in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens, 223 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY
The date was moved back one day due to the weather forecast which now calls for clearing showers on Sunday morning and partly sunny on SUNday afternoon.   We hope it will be perfect weather for the fairies.
See Facebook for a video preview of the gathering starring community gardener Charlotte who helped create the fairy village along with about 30 other girl scouts.  It is expected that some 50 decorated houses will be displayed in the flower border.
It’s enchanting. We hope you can come and enjoy the magic.
Admission is free.

Need Help Planning Your Plot?

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Master Gardener Kay Schlembach has offered to help anyone in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens with Square-foot Gardening, a planting technique started by author Mel Bartholomew that maximizes the amount of fruits and vegetable grown in a plot.

If you are interested in planning your plot with Kay, sign-up on the bulletin board in the Gardener’s Shed.

Kay Schlembach embraced square foot gardening in an elementary school program where 850 kids successfully raised vegetables in 26 raised beds.
She says, “If the kids could do it, so can you.”