Community Gardens: Preparing To Grow

 the gardens in the full swing of summer last year

the gardens in the full swing of summer last year

There will be a lot of growth in the community gardens this season as more plots are built, more gardeners are welcomed and more activities are planned.

“The first year, we built 37 raised beds and had 7 tall troughs for those with limited mobility, plus 6 in-ground plots measuring 8x11 each,” said Garden Director Natalie Walsh. 

When gardeners completed their application this winter, they indicated which of three size plots they wanted.  Seasoned gardeners in good standing had the opportunity to maintain their existing plot or switch to another. The choices were 4x8 raised beds, 8x11 or 11x19 in ground plots.

“This way we responded to what the community gardeners wanted,” Walsh said. To accommodate everyone, some areas were reconfigured and now the garden has 43 4x8s, 15 8x11s and three 11x19 plots.  “This completes Phase Two, responds to the gardeners requests and creates symmetry in the garden design,” Walsh said. 

The increase in the total number of leased plots in the garden to 61 was made possible in part through a grant from the Saratoga Foundation. Construction on the raised beds will begin as soon as weather permits. In addition, a pergola that provides shade for the gardeners is being constructed thanks to a gift from the family of the late Charlotte Justin.

 Board members rich torkelson and barbara glaser with a winner of the tallest sunflower  contest last year

Board members rich torkelson and barbara glaser with a winner of the tallest sunflower  contest last year

Two Spring activities for the community gardens this year will be the dedication of the pergola and the fairy garden exhibit of magical houses made by the Girl Scouts. 

“We will also hold our sunflower contest and plans are underway for a farm-wide art show in the fall,” Walsh said.

Activities for the summer include a Gardening 101 class on Saturday mornings that coincides with a children’s reading and garden program and four workshops on topics such as growing tomatoes, harvesting, preserving your harvest and herbs. Dates and details will follow. Also, potlucks and pop-up classes on various topics will be held throughout the summer.

If you are interested in gardening at Pitney Meadows in the 2019 season, send your name and contact information to Natalie Walsh at natalie.walsh@pitneymeadows.org.