Moreau Community Garden

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
(518) 792-1030.

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:

Flowers
Marigolds
Sunflowers
Nasturtiums
Nigella
Lavender
Cosmos atrosanguineus
Lemon scented geranium
Lambs Ear
Sea Holly – Eryngium

Vegetables
Bush beans
Swiss chard ‘Bright Lights’
Carrots
Cherry Tomatoes
Pumpkins
Potatoes

Fruit
Strawberries

Herbs
Spearmint
Chives
Rosemary
Basil
Lemon Balm

Thank you. I am looking forward to meeting everyone on Thursday.
Happy Gardening, Natalie

Just in from the Garden

I planted the Benary’s zinnias just moments ago. My lettuces have been filling the salad bowl for a week now, the Brussels Sprouts (a family favorite) are looking strong as are the peppers, eggplants, kale, chard and strawberries.

Screen Shot 2013-05-17 at 3.15.31 PMI also planted ‘All Star’ strawberries which are touted as large, sweet, extra juicy berries that bears fruit in late spring and early summer. It is a Junebearer which means that all the fruits are ready to harvest around the same time, making it a good choice if you want to freeze some for winter. All Star is resistant to verticillium wilt, red stele, and somewhat resistant to leaf scorch and powdery mildew.

When I buy plants – flowers and vegetables – I try to purchase only those with resistance to some of the most common diseases. It doesn’t mean that they can’t get powdery mildew (for example) but it does mean they have some resistance to this disease when compared to the same vegetable that doesn’t have resistance. Think of it as giving you – the gardener – a bit of the upper hand … like having a plant with a stronger immune system.

If you want to grow these DeGroot carries them and will send a free catalog. DeGroot http://www.degroot-inc.com The photo above is from their website.

What are you growing?

Tomorrow I will be at the Moreau Community Garden off Jan Street. If you are interested in gardening, plots are available. And both Toadflax and Mead’s nurseries have provided incentives for the gardeners. So if you have signed up, come get your coupons.

Hopefully I will see you there. Natalie