Compost Cleaned Up

photoHolly and Susan spent hours redoing the compost boxes.

The photo shows all the large chunky plant debris that was stuffed into the bins and had to be removed. It would take a long time for such big pieces to decompose.

“Please only put soft material and food scraps (nothing from animals except egg shells). If we all
add this material to out side boxes we will have great new soil next spring,” Susan wrote in an email.

The way our 3 compost bins work is that we add plant debris and scraps to the two outer bins. These get turned throughout the season and the finished compost will then be turned into the center bin.

Let’s keep the compost bins working.

Thank you to Susan and Holly.

New Compost Cover

Photo by Susan Bokan

Photo by Susan Bokan

Many thanks to Michael Belanger for creating a new and easier to use cover for our compost bin.

You’ll notice there are three lids/three bins. The two end bins should be used for active compost. The bin in the center should be where we shovel the finished compost from the two end bins.

Any gardener who is able can hurry the process of decomposition by turning the compost in the end bins bringing the material on the bottom up to the top. This would be a help. Thank you.

If we all do a little something, our garden will thrive.

A Wonderful Celebration

The Harvest Dinner for the Saratoga Springs Community Garden was held tonight in Embury Towers on the Wesley campus.

About 50 gardeners and their friends or family gathered for the festivities which included a performance by cellist Andre O’Neil and a delicious pot luck dinner.

Following are photos from the evening.

Andre O’Neil, a master cellist and master gardener, performed before dinner.

The entree was roast beef donated by The Meat House on Route 50. And the side dishes were pot luck brought by gardeners. There were salads, casseroles, cheeses, dips and more.

About 50 people attended our first Harvest Dinner.

Awards were presented, including a silver trowel award to Greta who maintained a colorful and cheerful garden that was a delight for young and old, gardeners and visitors alike.

Susan Bokan with friends Jim, Andre and Pat.

Wesley CEO Brian Nealon speaking with one of the gardeners, Nancy Harrigan.

Abby was a big help all night. Here she is setting up the dessert table.

Susan Bokan Honored

Community Garden founder Susan Bokan, pictured at right, was honored with the “Tom Sawyer” Conservation Hero award at the Feast of the Fields dinner benefiting Saratoga P.L.A.N.  tonight at the Saratoga National Golf Course.

The award was presented by Barbara Glaser, Saratoga P.L.A.N.  Board Emeritus, to Susan for her Tom Sawyer-like abilities in getting so many people involved in the creation of the new community garden at Wesley in much the same way as Mark Twain’s character cajoled others into helping him paint Aunt Polly’s white picket fence.

At least a dozen of the volunteers were at the reception and raised paintbrushes in a salute to Susan for her successful project.  These included Brian Nealon, Wesley CEO; Mike Ingersoll, who design the overall raised bed plan; volunteers from the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit in Milton and Steve Valentine who constructed the garden beds, Blogger and Master Gardener Natalie Walsh and members of the Saratoga Foundation.

In the photo above, Susan is shown receiving a hand-painted bird house.

Congratulations Susan for a job well done.

Bokan, Boston and Bloom

Susan Bokan, the dynamic force behind the creation of the Saratoga Springs Community Garden at Wesley, was in Boston for the 4th rubbing elbows with world-renowned plantsman Adrian Bloom, pictured above. Susan was assisting with the Greenway tour for the Perennial Plant Association Convention and Bloom was one of the convention’s guest speakers.  Bloom is a nurseryman, gardener and writer, and president of the famous Blooms of Bressingham nursery in Norfolk, England.