Garden Workshops Start this Week

Look what’s ahead in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens. You don’t have to be a community gardener to join the classes, which are free.  Just come to the farm, which is located at 223 West Avenue in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Hope to see you in the gardens.

Food Preservation 101 May 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

This class will serve as an introduction to the various methods of food preservation, including Boiling Water Bath and Pressure Canning, Freezing, and Dehydrating. It will include a show & tell of the equipment and supplies needed, as well as reliable recipe sources for jams & jellies, pickles & ferments, etc.

Diane Whitten, Nutrition Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension, has taught food preservation for over 15 years. As a Certified Master Food Preserver, she teaches Master Food Preserver workshops throughout New York State. For information about food preservation and classes, go to, or email

Tips for Great Tomatoes May 31, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

How do I know what tomato plants would be best for me? Heirlooms?
How do I plant them to give them a healthy start?
How much space will my plants need?
And how do I support the plants, so they won’t fall out of my beds?
What problems are common with tomato plants … and how do I deal with them in an organic garden?

Come to this session to learn the answers to these questions and more to help you have your best tomatoes ever.

Robert Curry has been gardening since he was 5 years old. He lives and breathes gardening. He grows up to 80 different types of some vegetables and loves to talk about what he’s up to in his garden. A carpenter by trade, Robert has a special interest in fruits, sustainable living, and cooking.


Fairy Gathering will be SUNday

justin2The first event of the season – our fairy gathering and fairy house exhibit – will be on Sunday from 1 to 3 in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens, 223 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY
The date was moved back one day due to the weather forecast which now calls for clearing showers on Sunday morning and partly sunny on SUNday afternoon.   We hope it will be perfect weather for the fairies.
See Facebook for a video preview of the gathering starring community gardener Charlotte who helped create the fairy village along with about 30 other girl scouts.  It is expected that some 50 decorated houses will be displayed in the flower border.
It’s enchanting. We hope you can come and enjoy the magic.
Admission is free.

Need Help Planning Your Plot?

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Master Gardener Kay Schlembach has offered to help anyone in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens with Square-foot Gardening, a planting technique started by author Mel Bartholomew that maximizes the amount of fruits and vegetable grown in a plot.

If you are interested in planning your plot with Kay, sign-up on the bulletin board in the Gardener’s Shed.

Kay Schlembach embraced square foot gardening in an elementary school program where 850 kids successfully raised vegetables in 26 raised beds.
She says, “If the kids could do it, so can you.”

Children’s Library in the Gardens

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Heather VonAllmen standing near the library house she decorated for the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.

Thank you Anne and Heather!

This Spring, Anne Curtin donated a little library house to the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.

And this week, Heather VonAllmen decorated the house with farm motifs that are sure to delight.

The little house will be mounted on the shed and visitors are welcome to select a book to read to children while in the gardens. Most of the books have a nature or garden theme and were donated to the community gardens to foster an enjoyment of the natural world and gardening.

Thank you also to those who have left books in the garden shed for this purpose.

Starting  June 9th, Faye Mihuta will be leading a reading program for children grade K to 3 in the gardens starting at 9:30 a.m. This program will be followed by an art activity at 10 a.m. supervised by Jess Clauser.  The public is welcome. Please pre-register by signing in at the garden shed or by emailing

See you in the garden, Natalie


Volunteers Make it Happen

The Pitney Meadows Community Gardens were fortunate to have volunteers from two sources yesterday.

Saratoga Central Catholic volunteers plotted, planned and planted a sunflower house for children to play within this summer.  When it grows, our sunflower house will be a  large rectangle with an opening for a door and “walls” of tall sunflowers.


It will be where the Saturday morning children’s reading program will be held. And, will offer a space for children to play and picnic.

Thank you to the students who participated. Please come back to see the what you created as the garden grows.


The Navy sent a group of 18 volunteers to the garden and so much was completed.

Pathways were prepared, fabric was installed to block weeds, rubble and stone dust were put in place, picnic tables were sanded and clear coated, our library house for children’s books was painted, beds were raked, gardens were composted, and perennial transplants were set in place.  Wow.

They are an amazing group and we deeply appreciate the work they do.


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