It’s not surprising to find quince in gardens around older homes. There was a time when every household grew quince as the fruits are high in pectin and used to make preserves, jam and jellies.
Quince were also used in recipes that called for apples or pears. And when cooked, quince turn a rosy color pink to ruby red.
The house I live in dates to the 1880s and has a magnificent quince in the garden. For me, it is the beauty of the blooms that make me cherish this shrub. The bloom color is a salmon pink and it is prolific and fragrant.
It is in its glory right now. A welcomed sign of Spring.
On July 14, the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens Sunflower Reading and Activity will be books about jam and then a jam making class.
Community Gardener and Teacher Faye Mihuta will read two books starting at 9:30 a.m.
At 10 a.m., there will be a Children’s Freezer Jam Making Program with Diane Whitten, from Cornell Cooperative Extension. Children must be between 5 and 12 years old to participate.
Due to the anticipated popularity of this class, pre-registration is required.
If you are interested, please sign up your children up before July 7. Cost is $5. per child and space is limited.
We also need 5 adult volunteers. One per table to work with the children. These volunteers will need to be in the garden at 9:30 a.m. for a brief training session.
If you’re interested, sign up in the garden shed and leave contact information.
Children will be taking home a container of blueberry jam.
You can also register by contacting Natalie Walsh, Garden Director at firstname.lastname@example.org before July 7.
I stumbled upon a farmers’ market in the ByWard district while traveling recently in Ottawa, Canada and couldn’t believe my good fortune.
Here I was with gorgeous fruits and vegetables displayed in front of me on a street that also had shops selling French pastries, hot coffee, wines, loaves of fresh breads and cheeses from around the world.
The farmers were friendly. The aromas appealing.
If I lived there, I would shop this street every day.
We had the first meeting at the Moreau Community Family and Children’s Garden this morning braving chilly temperatures and continuous rain. There are still beds available and if you want one free of charge, contact the Moreau Town Hall, 61 Hudson St S Glens Falls, NY 12803
The beds measure four by eight feet and are conveniently located next to the Recreation Building off Jan Street.
Our next meeting will be at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 30th. Gardeners should bring along garden tools such as trowels and a leaf rake, gloves and their plants/seeds as we will be working and planting in the garden. According to the weatherman, it should be a sunny, warm day. I certainly hope so.
As this garden is designed with children in mind, we are asking that anyone dividing the following perennials or with extra seeds make a donation to our new garden:
Lemon scented geranium
Sea Holly – Eryngium
Swiss chard ‘Bright Lights’
Thank you. I am looking forward to meeting everyone on Thursday.
Happy Gardening, Natalie