Totally Transformed

 

 

You wouldn’t recognize the place.

The photo on the left is what the interior of the Gardener’s Shed looked like early in the season. It was raw, dirty with gaps to the outdoors. Windows didn’t function. Pigeons called it home.

Rich Torkelson transformed the rundown, bare bones building into a beautiful shed.   There is electricity now, outlets, two beautiful doors.  One of which was made to match an antique door on one of the old Pitney barns. The attention to detail is outstanding. The craftsmanship is spectacular.

Come Spring, this little building will be ready for gardeners to use and will have counter space and storage for garden tools.

Thank you to all who had a hand in turning this worn and weary garage into the lovely space it is now.  There was a lot of scraping, caulking, cleaning, painting, scrubbing, glazing, window fixing, repairs and more that went into this. And, it shows. Our shed is beautiful.

 

 

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Cleared, Cleaned and Prepared for Winter

winterready.jpgOur gardens are tucked in and ready for winter.

In the last two weeks, the plots have been harvested and cleared of plant debris. Organic compost has been added to improve the soil and the plots have been planted with a cover crop of annual rye.

The rain has helped and the rye is sprouting. This cover crop will improve our soil structure and provide erosion control during the windy months to come.  On the west side, the sunflower stalks were left standing to block the wind and provide a soil erosion control.

Even bare, the garden looks nice, tidy. Thank you to the Navy volunteers, our community gardeners and all the others who have come to help.

This season has been wonderful.

And, yes to those who have asked. I’m already thinking of next year and how our community gardens will continue to grow.

 

 

From Caterpillars to Chrysalises

They grow up so fast!

Our three little caterpillars became chrysalises yesterday.

Jess C. reported that they started to spin silk and in a short amount of time attached themselves to the net sides of the butterfly habitat where they will remain until Spring.

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If you look closely you can see the silk the caterpillars use to attach themselves.

They are in safe, competent hands and are another thing to look forward to next season.

Just as our gardens are tucked in for winter, so now are our butterflies.

Thanks, Jess and Charlotte, our butterfly caretakers.

A Rainbow Over the Community Gardens

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Thank you to the artist who sent this drawing of a rainbow over the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens to me.

I don’t know who did this extraordinary and exuberant artwork, so I can’t thank you in person or I would.

I love it.

Saratoga Bridges Harvesting for EOC

Today a group from Saratoga Bridges cleared out their raised bed and brought the Swiss chard and corn salad they grew to the EOC food pantry.

They also harvested the heads of the sunflowers they grew this year. The weather couldn’t have been nicer. Next week, the annual rye will be planted and Saratoga Bridges will be coming again to water. Thank you.