More than 100 gardeners and their families gathered in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens Wednesday night for the first meeting of the season.
They toured the gardens and saw the newly renovated gardener’s shed, learned about the Monarch butterfly habitat being created, a Grandmother’s Garden of pollinator friendly plants partly funded by a Soroptimist grant, and the fairy house project being created by the Girl Scouts.
The fairy houses will be on display on May 19th from 1 to 3 p.m. and everyone is invited to come see the tiny dwellings decorated with moss, acorns caps and other natural elements.
This season the garden increased in size from 49 beds in 2017 to 71. And the sizes of available plots have also increased. Last year, two sizes were available, 8×11 and 4×8. This year, a larger 11×19 plot was added to respond to requests for more space to grow vegetables.
A Saturday morning reading program will start each week at 9:30, followed by a children’s arts activity. Both begin in mid-June.
For adults during the same Saturday morning time I’ll hold a weekly gardening class, June 30 to July 28.
Adult programs coordinated by Margie Ingram include:
Food Preservation 101—May 24, 6:30-7:30 with Diane Whitten
Tips for Great Tomatoes – May 31, 6:30-7:30 with Robert Curry
Harvesting Our Veggies and Herbs, July 12, 6:30-7:30 with Kay Schlembach
Herbs: A Cook’s Best Friend—July 19, 6:30-7:30 with Kim London
Early in the season the Gardener’s shed was renovated by Rich Torkelson. It now has a large counter for potting plants and a place for tools such as rakes, shovels, hoes and spring rakes. All tools can be used while in the gardens. There are trowels, cultivators and other hand tools as well. Gardeners only need to bring work gloves.
One of the biggest additions to the garden for this season will be a shade pergola donated by the family of the late Charlotte Justin. This will be a focal point in the gardens and provide much needed shade. It will be surrounded by four large beds of perennial flowers. A dedication for the pergola is scheduled for early June.
The flower beds will contain plantings that are good sources of nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies and beneficial insects. There will also be plants that are inviting to smell, touch and enjoy. Nature and gardening books for children have been donated to the community gardens and will be available for visiting children and grandparents to read.
Come visit us in the gardens. We would love to show you around.
Natalie Walsh, Garden Director