A Very Special Gift

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This tiny Monarch caterpillar is now in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens, a gift from Dawn, the owner of Wildthings Rescue Nursery. Dawn is one of the vendors at the Saratoga Farmers Market and gave us this little treasure for our butterfly garden.

We carefully tucked it into its new home on a milkweed plant in the butterfly garden and protected it from predators with a special butterfly netting donated by gardener, Kay S.  In the next two weeks, we will watch it grow and become a chrysalis and after that a magnificent Monarch.

Thank you all.  BTW – Dawn’s Nursery specializes in native plants. You can check it out here: http://www.dawnswildthings.com

Natalie

Girl Scouts Donate Food to Franklin Community Center

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Annabelle Shuck from Girl Scout troop #3359 harvested 19 pounds of fresh produce from plots the scouts tend at Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.  All summer, the Girl Scouts have watered and weeded and yesterday the organically grown vegetables were delivered to Franklin Community Center’s food pantry. Kudos to the girls and to  troop leaders Carolina Mitchell and Jess Clauser for a job well done.

Mom Visiting From Out of Town

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Mom, who is 90 years-old, has been hearing about the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens for months now with telephone updates on the progress of the crops, the  butterfly garden, the sunflowers and the activities. This week she came to see for herself.

Here she is harvesting basil for Franklin Community Center’s food pantry. She was a happy camper enjoying being outdoors, moving the chair a little at a time to work around the trough, and meeting the gardeners who came by.

She kept saying how peaceful she felt.  “It’s a healing sanctuary,” she said. “I don’t want to leave.”

And when we dropped the basil off at FCC she said how happy it made her feel to be part of the sharing.

It was a sweet morning in the gardens.

Natalie

Deer Fencing Installation Next Week

Screen Shot 2018-07-27 at 8.50.26 AMDeer have been making their way near our gardens. To combat this, we will be installing an electric fence next week.

The fence will be on a timer and electrified overnight, from dusk to dawn when they are most active.  This shouldn’t interfere with any gardening activities as the fence will be ON when the gardens are closed.

We could use a hand with the installation and need volunteers for next Thursday morning starting at 9:30.  Let me know if you can help ASAP. We need about 4 people.

Thank you to the gardeners who reported tracks and sent images.  It is a big help to have many eyes looking out for the gardens. We are a good team.

CHORES

The gardens are well-watered and in good shape but there are chores that need to be done.

On Saturday morning from 8 to 11, I will be in the gardens and able to show people the tasks that need doing that will earn volunteer hours.

Please come if you can, especially if you need hours to fulfill your commitment.

NOTES

Mark your calendar for the fairy gathering on September 22. It is also the day of the sunflower measuring for our sunflower contest.

We will have a food truck present and could use volunteers to help plan activities for a fun day.

I’m thinking, a “Make your own Fairy Wand” booth, field games, music.  I’m open to all suggestions.

For example, We have a gardener who volunteered to lead a fairy dance with the children.  And another who has written a song about the gardens.

Children will have dozens of fairy houses they made on display in the North flower border.

Let me know how you would like to participate and add to the magic of the day.

Monarchs

Our butterfly garden and certified way station has been hosting lots of Monarch butterflies.  Next week, five signs illustrated by talented students from the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs will be installed.  They are wonderful! And informative!

Thank you all for sharing your talents and your time.

Natalie

Volunteers and Gardeners Make the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens Look Fabulous

The pictures say it all. Volunteers were at the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens this morning weeding and watering.  Thank you all. It looks beautiful.

If you’d like to see the gardens for yourself come on Saturday morning when we will be having a reading program for children. This week’s topic is worms and the reading program begins at 9:30.

At the same hour, Natalie Walsh will give a talk on succession planting and walk around the gardens answering questions.  All are welcome.

A Wheelbarrow of Fun

Screen Shot 2018-07-04 at 11.48.30 AM.pngThe family of Bill Pitney, our farmer at the Pitney Meadows Community Farm, donated this wonderfully sturdy, child-size wheelbarrow to the gardens.

And it didn’t take long for one of our youngest community gardeners to find it and put it to use holding the stones he collected in the pathways.

Thank you Kate Gaba for this great addition. And thank you Ethan for your hard work. Be sure to put your time on the volunteer sheet.

 

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