Preregistration Required for Jam Making Class

On July 14, the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens Sunflower Reading and Activity will be books about jam and then a jam making class.

Community Gardener and Teacher Faye Mihuta will read two books starting at 9:30 a.m.

At 10 a.m., there will be a Children’s Freezer Jam Making Program with Diane Whitten, from Cornell Cooperative Extension. Children must be between 5 and 12 years old to participate.

Due to the anticipated popularity of this class, pre-registration is required.

If you are interested, please sign up your children up before July 7. Cost is $5. per child and space is limited.

We also need 5 adult volunteers. One per table to work with the children. These volunteers will need to be in the garden at 9:30 a.m. for a brief training session.

If you’re interested, sign up in the garden shed and leave contact information.

Children will be taking home a container of blueberry jam.

You can also register by contacting Natalie Walsh, Garden Director at before July 7.

Today in the Community Gardens

The Navy Came Through

What a great morning.

Volunteers from the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Ballston Spa came to give us a hand and were able to set beds in place, lay down landscape fabric, line the pathways with fabric, then gravel, and rake it out. They also filled the raised beds with soil and the sandbox with play sand.  What they did on one hot, humid morning would have taken us a day and a half. Thank you.

And, a thank you to all those who dropped off drinks and snacks and to Barbara for bringing lunch from the Putnam Market.  Every bit was appreciated.


The Navy is Coming to Help in the Gardens

2gardensjune282017.jpgEach day, the community gardens come together a little bit more.

We asked our Navy neighbors at the  Nuclear Power Training Unit in Ballston Spa if they could help us get the rest of the raised beds in place and they said “Yes.”

I have to tell you how this came about. Do you believe in coincidence?

When I called there was a voice directing me to dial this number for that department, and another number for another department.  Nothing sounded like what I wanted so I randomly pressed a few numbers.

I explained to the voice on the other end who I was,  what we were doing at the community farm and about the community gardens. He said, “I heard two ladies talking about that on the radio. One of them told the background story and the other talked about planting sunflowers, an art show and spaces in the gardens people could rent. As I listened I thought, ‘I want a plot.'”

I told him that I was that garden lady. And, that we needed a hand. I also shared how to get an application online.

That fellow directed me to the right person and later in the day Leading Petty Officer 1st L.T. office Rich Kietz returned my call and said Navy volunteers would be in the garden on Friday.

They will be helping us set more beds in place, which means a lot of raised beds should be completed by the weekend.

Amazing isn’t it that the fellow on the other end of the line heard about the gardens on WAMC and knew who I needed to speak with!






Rotary Club Awards Community Gardens $500 Grant

The Rotary Club of Saratoga Springs awarded $500 towards the drilling of a well for the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.

Thank you from all the gardeners! We appreciate your generosity.

The drilled well provides water for all the community garden beds, which this year will number around 50 and in years to come can be as many as 200 plots.

Already members of the Saratoga community are coming to the garden, planting vegetables and joining in. The Girl Scouts created markers for the community herb garden and helped to plant a sunflower playhouse, local children have come to the garden to enter the “Grow the Tallest Sunflower Contest” and several community organizations have leased plots so that they can either garden alongside their members or grow food for the benefit of their members.

And, of course, there are the gardeners who rented plots in order to grow healthy, organic food for themselves and their families. The energy is amazing.

There are a few 4×8 raised beds left if you know someone who would like to grow food or flowers in the gardens. Click here for a Garden Application

Thank you again to the Rotary Club.  Please come visit us in the garden and see what your grant helped create.



Sunflower Contest

Screen Shot 2017-06-28 at 6.24.56 PM.pngSo far, seven young people have planted Mammoth sunflower seeds for our “Grow the Tallest Sunflower” contest.

If you would like to enter, come to the farm, 235 West Avenue, between 3 and 5 Thursday or Friday or from 9 to noon on Saturday and plant your seeds. There are free seeds for you to grow.

I hope to see you in the garden.


The Last Day of Summer

Carla Smith, a Cornell University student and Saratoga Springs resident who will be volunteering in the garden. Say “Hello” when you see her.

I was in the garden this morning, pulling radishes and meeting with Carla Smith who is interested in volunteering and willing to help with fall cleanup of the plots. If you would like assistance, let us know and we will put you in touch with Carla.

She is a Cornell student who is majoring in communications and taking horticulture classes. And while she can’t be here every weekend, when she is in town she would like to give the community garden and its gardeners a hand. Thank you, Carla.

I gave her the tour and sent her home with a bag of radishes. It’s amazing how fast the radishes grew! It is 31 days since I planted them. The harvest is such that I will have to find some recipes for tasty dishes. Do you know there is such a thing as Radish Greens soup? I will keep you posted on what I make.

Icicle radishes harvested this morning from the Saratoga Springs Community Garden.

The garden was a great place to spend the last morning of summer and reflect on what a great season it was.

Of course, I am thinking ahead to next season and have started a seed list in my mind. There will be time this winter to read seed catalogs and make selections for the most delicious, disease resistant and healthy seeds.

And there will be more garden days to come this season…I still have kale and beets to harvest.