As you know, gardeners have started planting and the Saratoga Springs Community Garden is starting to buzz with activity.
This morning, Susan Bokan and I (Natalie Walsh) attended a meeting for Wesley residents on the garden and about 20 gardeners attended. Whether they intend to plant in the garden or not, they expressed how happy they are to have this new garden space.
A few concerns were brought up as well. First, gardeners are asked not bring pets into the garden. Second, when you leave the garden, check that the water hoses are turned off.
Susan, the force behind the garden’s creation, gave a brief presentation on how the garden came to be and some of the future additions planned, such as a pergola for shade, a library of garden books, a compost pile, pea gravel walkways and bike rack. Other ideas are being considered.
Natalie, a master gardener, answered questions about the Welcome Circle plantings and offered to make herself available to gardeners as the season progresses. If you have any concerns about insects, vegetable or plant diseases, get in touch through this blog (www.saratogaspringscommunitygarden,wordpress.com) or through Nikki Williams,
director of Embury Apartments.
This is the first season for the garden, and Susan said she was pleased Wesley residents and the community at large will be gardening together.
“The more interaction, the more fun it will be,” she said, adding that plans are being discussed for a harvest dinner in the fall.
Pictured below is John, a Wesley resident, who volunteered in the garden this morning before the rains started. There is still work to be done, but today all the raised beds were finished. Kudos to all who made that possible!