You Know You’re a Plant Geek When…

You take pictures of the annual rye cover crop sprouting because it looks so pretty.

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Cleared, Cleaned and Prepared for Winter

winterready.jpgOur gardens are tucked in and ready for winter.

In the last two weeks, the plots have been harvested and cleared of plant debris. Organic compost has been added to improve the soil and the plots have been planted with a cover crop of annual rye.

The rain has helped and the rye is sprouting. This cover crop will improve our soil structure and provide erosion control during the windy months to come.  On the west side, the sunflower stalks were left standing to block the wind and provide a soil erosion control.

Even bare, the garden looks nice, tidy. Thank you to the Navy volunteers, our community gardeners and all the others who have come to help.

This season has been wonderful.

And, yes to those who have asked. I’m already thinking of next year and how our community gardens will continue to grow.

 

 

From Caterpillars to Chrysalises

They grow up so fast!

Our three little caterpillars became chrysalises yesterday.

Jess C. reported that they started to spin silk and in a short amount of time attached themselves to the net sides of the butterfly habitat where they will remain until Spring.

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If you look closely you can see the silk the caterpillars use to attach themselves.

They are in safe, competent hands and are another thing to look forward to next season.

Just as our gardens are tucked in for winter, so now are our butterflies.

Thanks, Jess and Charlotte, our butterfly caretakers.

Can Butterfly Caterpillars Survive this Late in the Season?

Screen Shot 2017-10-23 at 2.13.28 PM.pngOne of our gardeners found several caterpillars in the parsley patch.

She has taken them home to watch them them transform from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.

We don’t know if the butterflies will be able to fly south at that point.

Has anyone raised butterflies before to know the timing of things?

How long do they remain a chrysalis for example?

Any suggestions?

 

A Rainbow Over the Community Gardens

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Thank you to the artist who sent this drawing of a rainbow over the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens to me.

I don’t know who did this extraordinary and exuberant artwork, so I can’t thank you in person or I would.

I love it.

Saratoga Bridges Harvesting for EOC

Today a group from Saratoga Bridges cleared out their raised bed and brought the Swiss chard and corn salad they grew to the EOC food pantry.

They also harvested the heads of the sunflowers they grew this year. The weather couldn’t have been nicer. Next week, the annual rye will be planted and Saratoga Bridges will be coming again to water. Thank you.