Thank you, Sunflowers!

 

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Our sunflowers worked hard for us all season.

They lured artists in from everywhere to paint, draw and take photographs.

The seed heads fed the pollinators and then the birds.  They were harvested for a wreath making class this Saturday at Suzanne Balet’s greenhouse on Nelson Avenue ext.

They were part of a grow the tallest sunflower contest. And the winning image was printed on children’s T-shirts.

Bouquets of cheerfulness were shared with volunteers and brought one person to happy tears.

But as of today the seedbeds, which had finished blooming, were removed and just the stalks remain. This was done on the west side of the garden to hold the soil in place when the winter winds blow.

Even now, they continue to give by helping us preserve the garden’s soils.

 

 

Sunflower Art at Pitney Meadows

Screen Shot 2017-08-19 at 8.34.27 PM.pngNineteen people participated in the sunflower making art class Saturday morning at the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.

Working under the direction of Miss Judy and Miss Rose, the group sat at the picnic tables in the garden and made large paper sunflowers.

They also had the opportunity to play in the sunflower house, play with the miniature farm and enjoy being creative outdoors on a beautiful summer day.

Next week on Saturday, August 26th, there will be another free art class for children.  This time, the participants will paint and draw sunflowers and other elements of the garden under the guidance of artists Martel Catalano, Nancy Hicks and Jess Clauser.  Children 6 to 14 years old are welcome. If you are interested, registration is required. Contact Garden Director Natalie Walsh at natalie.walsh@pitneymeadows.org.

 

Chef Kim London’s Herb Class a Hit

Screen Shot 2017-08-17 at 1.48.20 PM.pngKim London, chef and PMCF board member, showed 25 participants how to use the herbs they grow in the garden or purchase at the market.

The group, which met in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens, listened as London talked about the many different uses of herbs.  Then the group walked into the farm garden. They had the opportunity to smell and taste samples of the many different fresh herbs growing there. After answering audience questions, London treated the group to sample foods, such as herb butter, herbed roasted vegetables and a mint tea.

It was a beautiful evening at the farm, and thoroughly enjoyed by all participants.

More To Come

The next lecture, which is on growing tomatoes, will be lead by Murray Penney and held next Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Community Gardens.

Our tomato taste testing with Chef Rocco Verrigni has been delayed because the tomatoes haven’t ripened. We will have a tomato tasting and have tentatively re-scheduled it for the evening on September 13.  Lectures are free and no registration is required.

On the next two Saturdays, free art classes for children ages 6 to 14 will be held in the gardens. Registration for these classes is necessary so we have enough supplies on hand. You can register by emailing natalie.walsh@pitneymeadows.org or calling 587-2304. Classes start at 9 a.m. and an adult is asked to accompany the participants.

This Saturday, August 19th, children will make sunflowers out of paper. The following Saturday, August 26th they will be drawing and painting with local artists.

Don’t Miss This

Our sunflowers are blooming, come to the garden to meet them and take a photo. They are magnificent.

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My How You Have Grown

 

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Our sunflowers are really taking off. Planted on June 17th, this one now measures 7 3/4 inches tall.

This week Margie and a group of volunteers will be weeding and putting wood chips down as mulch between the rows and inside the Sunflower house. She will be posting for help, and your efforts are appreciated.

When you visit, you will notice the morning glories planted along the “walls” that will become the “roof” of the house have germinated and before long will be climbing the stalks of their neighbors.

In my imagination, we will be able to run a light string from the top of one sunflower stalk to another and “train” the glories to span our roof.  Think it will work? Time will tell how this gardening adventure ends. Stay tuned or better yet, come see.

Cleaning Up the Garden

We rolled up our sleeves this morning and really tidied up the garden.

Gina, Cecelia, Mary, Bill, Lois and a friend, Joe, Lucas, Tammy, Nick and Faith were all in the garden this morning. We cleared the early blight out of our plots. Remember when you clean up remove the roots and any tomatoes that drop. Early blight can overwinter on plant debris, so be thorough please.

And we weeded and weeded.

It was fun to do it as a group and we really got a lot accomplished.

In addition, I brought green beans, carrots, basil to the Moreau Community Center. I was hoping to meet the kind lady who cooked the produce for the campers this summer. She wasn’t there but I did learn her name…Laurie Collins. If you see her, please let her know how much I appreciate what she did.

There are still veggies growing like this pumpkin. giantp

We also have cabbage, Brussels sprouts, tomatillos, sunflowers and herbs coming along. Some other gardeners have carrots, potatoes, onions, cabbages, peppers and more growing.

It has been a wonderful season. I wish the early blight didn’t damage our tomatoes but I’m hopeful we can get on top of the problem by amending the soil and using organic fungicides next season.

We will need to meet a few more times once the cow manure arrives to spread it among the beds. And also for fun!

In September we are going to have a gathering. Details to follow. 🙂

Natalie

Things to Do in the Garden

I already been out in the garden weeding and it is a lovely morning. It is cool with a light breeze and there is the promise of a warm sunny afternoon.

I’ve got a little more planting to do this morning.

There’s the bed of sunflowers to draw beneficial insects that will help the Community Garden that I want to put in. I’m thinking the variety ‘Chianti” would be gorgeous in all its burgundy goodness. I hope I can find the seed. I know Burpee carries it. This is the photo from Burpee’s website.Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 10.33.26 AM Nice, isn’t it?

Also growing some small pumpkins to give to the children gardeners at the end of the season would be nice. I have the giant pumpkin growing but to be able to distribute little ones would be fun.

Will I see you in the garden today?

I hope so, Natalie

P.S. To My Gardening Angel – Thank you for dropping off a packet of Chianti Sunflower seeds. I loved finding your gift on my front porch when I came home for lunch. 🙂

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

Our Beautiful Garden

I was walking around our garden today.

Below are photos of the different things I saw including butterflies in the Welcome Circle, goldfinches picking seeds off basil plants and the amazingly colorful vegetables and flowers we have been growing. I hope you enjoy the tour.