Italian cucumber?

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I asked my husband to pick up a European cucumber at the market.

This is what he brought home.

I laughed. I told him he bought two zucchini.

Without missing a beat he said, “Zucchini? Isn’t that an Italian cucumber?”

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Children Make Worm Farms at Pitney Meadows Community Gardens

Screen Shot 2018-07-07 at 2.35.57 PMSunflower Hour at the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens this morning began with story time and ended with children making worm farms to take home.

After the stories children held wriggler worms and set some free in the gardens. Those children who wanted made farms from empty soda bottles and layers of sand and soil.

Watermelon was added as worm food and dark construction paper wrapped the bottles to simulate underground conditions. Later this week, children can remove the paper and study the underground tunnels made by the worms.

Sunflower Team

Screen Shot 2018-07-07 at 2.41.30 PM.pngFaye Mihuta read the books. Retired teacher, master gardener and worm composter Jay Ephraim lead the hands-on worm program for about 10 children. And the team, both of whom are community gardeners,  worked together with Jess Clauser, also a community gardener, to create the worm farms.

It was terrific. The children were delighted and eager to participate.

Blueberry jam

Next week, the reading program will focus on blueberries and  the activity will be making blueberry freezer jam with Diane Whitten from Cornell Cooperative Extension. The jam class, at 10 a.m., is $5 which covers all supplies. The story time is free and begins at 9:30 a.m.

Please let us know if you are coming to make jam. The class is open to both children and adults. We will be purchasing supplies, and need a head count by Tuesday.

Thank you, Natalie Walsh

Garden Director, Pitney Meadows Community Gardens

natalie.walsh@pitneymeadows.org

Road Trip: Lavenlair Farms

 

Where do gardeners go when they aren’t tending their own gardens?

To other gardens of course.

Today, a friend and I traveled to Whitehall, NY to a Lavenlair Farm to take in the blooming lavender fields. The views are breathtaking not only of the rows upon rows of English and French lavenders, but out over the fields to a 200-year-old house and the mountains beyond.

We gathered bouquets of lavender,  made some purchases at the gift shop and then continued our adventure. If you haven’t been there, add it to your list of local places to visit.

It’s charming. Here’s a link: http://www.lavenlairfarm.com/

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.

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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