Time to Tuck in the Garden Beds for the Winter

Tucked in.jpgIt was a chilly, drizzling morning Saturday, but still we got so much done in the gardens.

Thank you all who came out and worked cleaning beds.  We stayed busy and enjoyed the homemade onion soup made from our own onions, fried dough, cookies and turmeric tea.

With the frosty temperatures forecast this week, everyone should be clearing out the last of the warm loving vegetables: basil, tomatoes, peppers, beans, cucumbers, eggplants. Harvest before the freezing temperatures.

Cool season veggies like carrots, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, kale and Brussels sprouts do well when the weather gets nippy so – if you are a gardener in good standing – you can leave them for now.

Some gardens still need to be tended, but I trust it will be done by Oct. 22.

Our mandatory meeting is Oct. 24th at the Spring Street Gallery at 6 p.m. That is when you will be able to choose your garden beds for next season and hear about our plans for 2019.

See you in the gardens, Natalie

 

 

 

The Last Day of Summer

Carla Smith, a Cornell University student and Saratoga Springs resident who will be volunteering in the garden. Say “Hello” when you see her.

I was in the garden this morning, pulling radishes and meeting with Carla Smith who is interested in volunteering and willing to help with fall cleanup of the plots. If you would like assistance, let us know and we will put you in touch with Carla.

She is a Cornell student who is majoring in communications and taking horticulture classes. And while she can’t be here every weekend, when she is in town she would like to give the community garden and its gardeners a hand. Thank you, Carla.

I gave her the tour and sent her home with a bag of radishes. It’s amazing how fast the radishes grew! It is 31 days since I planted them. The harvest is such that I will have to find some recipes for tasty dishes. Do you know there is such a thing as Radish Greens soup? I will keep you posted on what I make.

Icicle radishes harvested this morning from the Saratoga Springs Community Garden.

The garden was a great place to spend the last morning of summer and reflect on what a great season it was.

Of course, I am thinking ahead to next season and have started a seed list in my mind. There will be time this winter to read seed catalogs and make selections for the most delicious, disease resistant and healthy seeds.

And there will be more garden days to come this season…I still have kale and beets to harvest.