There is a lot to do in the garden this time of year.
Today 80 young gardeners worked on: starting a new flower bed, mulching the broccoli so it doesn’t bolt, sowing beans, weeding and water. When each group finished their working bee, we relaxed under the trees with a glass of ice, cold basil lemonade made from herbs growing in our garden.
The basil lemonade was a hit. One camper said the flavor was “distinctive,” another camper thought it tasted “like the garden” and most campers enjoyed it and asked for second and thirds.
Here is the Recipe:
One packed cup of basil leaves washed well. Put leaves into the blender with a cup of water and puree on high. Once done, put this mixture through a strainer and into a large pticher of lemonade. Add the basil mix little by little until you reach the flavor you enjoy. It is that easy and very refreshing.
We could use some help with the dirt pile near the parking lot. The goal is to level it off so we can plant flowers. It was hard work for the kids. Anyone willing to help, please do. Your efforts are very much appreciated.
If anyone is dividing plants, please think of us. We are creating a pollinator friendly garden. The new bed is in full sun and we hope to grow yarrow, coneflower, Liatris, evening primrose, phlox, and asters. If you have any of these plants and can share, they would be greatly appreciated. Thank you to all my generous gardening friends.
MAKING A BIRD BATH
At noon today adult gardeners made a concrete bird bath from a leaf.
Gina LeClair lead this project and started by making a sand dome on a sheet of plywood. This forms the basin of the bird bath.
Plastic was spread over the dome and a hosta leaf was put face down on top.
Then you adda moth textured concrete – not the kind with aggregate – on top of the hosta leaf.
Keep going until the leaf is completely covered. And then let it dry for at least 48 hours.
These baths look charming in a garden and attract butterflies and insect-eating birds. I will take a photo of the finished project next week.
Hope to see you in the garden. And thank you for contributing to the success of the garden.
Natalie, Master Gardener and Moreau Community Garden’s Garden Coach