Next Meeting – June 6th

Today we worked in the Moreau Community Garden and as part of our morning seminar, I explained square foot gardening, planned plots, handed out coupons and got started marking beds and helping gardeners with their plants.

Gina LeClair, Mary Meade and I also planted plots. A lot got done! We planted five different varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, zucchini, beans, green peppers and more. It looks terrific.

Next week – and every week in June – the Family Gardening program will meet Thursdays at 4 p.m. in the garden.

Planning and Planting Today

This morning at 9 a.m. I will be in the Moreau Community Garden holding a workshop on the Square Foot Gardening method will be using in the Family Gardening Program this season.

Everyone is invited to come.

We will start with deciding what to grow, how to purchase plants for a vegetable garden, square foot gardening concepts, designing a garden plan for a bountiful harvest with few problems and lower maintenance. We will also have on hand the materials for participants in the Family Gardening Program to set up the beds for the season.

The goal for the morning is to have the beds planned and for planting to begin. And to set up ways to communicate about the insects we find, troubles with the plants, garden tips and we hope to build and paint some trellises that will be laden with red, juicy tomatoes in the months to come.

If you don’t have a plot, but would like one, there are a few still available free of charge. Come to the garden for an application or to check out what we are doing. The garden is located behind the Recreation department, off Jan Street, in the Moreau Recreational Park. When you drive in the park, you will see the green building straight ahead on the left side. We are behind that building with perfect southern exposure. ๐Ÿ™‚

Applications are also available through Town Hall, 61 Hudson Street, Moreau.

I hope to see you later – Natalie Walsh

Happy Mother’s Day

This has been a great week getting ready for the season. That said, I want to warn others that they are predicting cold temperatures for the next few nights so if you have tomatoes, basil, peppers and other cold-sensitive plants in the ground, you want to be sure to cover them for the next three nights with old sheets, newspapers, cloches or even terra cotta pots turned upside down.

On Friday I drove up to The Greenery on Route 29 in Salem, NY. Last year I heard about their zinnias as being the biggest and best my gardener friends had grown. So last fall my friend Judy and I agreed to go on a purchasing expedition. And, we did stopping at Steininger’s for lunch. Call for a reservation: (518) 854-3830.

The Greenery sells several sizes of zinnias from the dwarf, to the reliable State Fair, to the giant….Benary’s Giant, which grows between 40 and 50 inches. It is touted as a great cutting flower, able to withstand the heat of summer, and are recommended by the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers

Johnny’s Seeds sells seed and this is what they say about the plant on their website: “High yield of long, sturdy stems with 4-6″, fully double, dahlia-like blooms. Excellent vase life. Vigorous plants hold up well in summer heat and rain. Low susceptibility to powdery mildew.”

Because of the predicted frosty nights ahead, I haven’t planted them yet but plan to grow the 24 plants this year among cleome, which can use the support of the zinnias sturdy stem. I’ll post photos when they bloom.

I’ve also been up to Mead’s Nursery in Queensbury. They are supporting the Moreau Community Garden through a special coupon for the gardeners who garden there. If you are a Moreau Community Garden gardener and would like a coupon for $5. off a purchase of $30. leave a comment below.

See you in the garden.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail on the lilac bushes.

What a great day in the garden. Had a couple of visitors stop by. First, was a toad. I never had a toad in the garden before and I am happy to see him. I believe they eat slugs.

The other visitor was the third type of butterfly to feed on the lilacs this week and it was a beauty — a Black Swallowtail.

Since reading that this year is going to be a spectacular one for spotting butterflies, I decided that all my annuals should draw butterflies. Today I planted flats of zinnias, cosmos, snapdragons and ageratum.

I’m tired, in need of a shower…but so happy.