The Navy has consistently been a big help in the community gardens and we thank them for all that they do.
Today, we painted the barn, raked the pathways. edged the grandmother’s gardens, weeded and artistically painted a monarch face-cut-out-board for the Fairy Gathering on Sept. 22. There’s no challenge they can’t take on.
Note in the photo above how they wore their sunflower yellow shirts. It doesn’t get better. Thank you.
We have created a wonderful habitat for butterflies at the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens. Pictured above is the caterpillar of the Eastern Swallowtail butterfly, photographed by Margie I. on Saturday.
We also have several Monarchs in the caterpillar stage in the butterfly garden.
A few days ago, this young horse lover found a white toy horse missing a leg in the Pitney Meadows Community Garden’s toy farm. She also found the leg.
Taylor, who frequents the garden with her mother Lauren, asked is she could take the horse and leg home to see if she could do “something to help.”
This morning, the five-year-old brought the white horse back. She explained that surgery had been necessary and had gone very well. Taylor, who hopes to be a veterinarian one day, told her mother this had been “her first real work.”
She did an outstanding job. To mend the break, she crafted a rod from a paper clip and inserted it into the hollow leg. A glue was applied. Back in its corral on the farm, Taylor made sure the horse had water before leaving.
Well done Taylor. You are on your way to being a fine vet and your gentle, loving care was greatly appreciated.
Come see dozens of fairy houses and cheer for the biggest sunflowers in the contest in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.
Admission to the farm is free. Donations are welcome. Visitors can buy lunch at the Nine Miles East Farm’s Food Truck, and enjoy ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s, play fairy games, listen to music, and follow the fairy queen as she tells a story and more.
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.
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.