Volunteers and Gardeners Make the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens Look Fabulous

The pictures say it all. Volunteers were at the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens this morning weeding and watering.  Thank you all. It looks beautiful.

If you’d like to see the gardens for yourself come on Saturday morning when we will be having a reading program for children. This week’s topic is worms and the reading program begins at 9:30.

At the same hour, Natalie Walsh will give a talk on succession planting and walk around the gardens answering questions.  All are welcome.

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A Wheelbarrow of Fun

Screen Shot 2018-07-04 at 11.48.30 AM.pngThe family of Bill Pitney, our farmer at the Pitney Meadows Community Farm, donated this wonderfully sturdy, child-size wheelbarrow to the gardens.

And it didn’t take long for one of our youngest community gardeners to find it and put it to use holding the stones he collected in the pathways.

Thank you Kate Gaba for this great addition. And thank you Ethan for your hard work. Be sure to put your time on the volunteer sheet.

 

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The Children’s Library House is Installed

Thank you Simon Ouderkirk for installing the children’s library house next to the Gardener’s Shed. Simon is one of our community gardeners and graciously offered to securely attach the little house to the shed.

It looks terrific. And, it is just the right height for children to access. Perfect.

Thank you also to Anne Curtin for donating the house and to Heather VonAllmen for the whimsical painting.

While I was there this afternoon, I put about a dozen books inside for children to enjoy.

Speaking of books, this Saturday is the first day of our Sunflower Reading and Gardening activities for children.  Faye Mihuta will read books starting at 9:30 and Jess Clauser will lead an art or gardening program beginning at 10 a.m. There is no charge for the reading program. For the art program, a donation of $5 is suggested.

Let’s us know if you plan to attend.

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Thank you, Sunflowers!

 

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Our sunflowers worked hard for us all season.

They lured artists in from everywhere to paint, draw and take photographs.

The seed heads fed the pollinators and then the birds.  They were harvested for a wreath making class this Saturday at Suzanne Balet’s greenhouse on Nelson Avenue ext.

They were part of a grow the tallest sunflower contest. And the winning image was printed on children’s T-shirts.

Bouquets of cheerfulness were shared with volunteers and brought one person to happy tears.

But as of today the seedbeds, which had finished blooming, were removed and just the stalks remain. This was done on the west side of the garden to hold the soil in place when the winter winds blow.

Even now, they continue to give by helping us preserve the garden’s soils.

 

 

Progress Made on Shed and Barn

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Notice what’s different on the barn?

The big barn door is back on and it slides easily to open.

Thank you to all who were involved.

The photo also shows the area that will be graded for parking spaces and handicapped access to the barn, which will be used for workshops and classes.

Shed

Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 10.16.05 AM.pngAnd, check out the shed. Rich Torkelson has made the shed exterior come back to life and Jim Gold has been tireless with priming, spackling, caulking and painting.

Other volunteers worked on cleaning windows, sweeping, priming. fixing window boxes and more.

Thank you all.

The results are a building that went from worn to wonderful.

She looks pretty now.

Someone asked me how I know it’s a she. Because it’s a SHE d.

See you in the garden.

Natalie