Saturday, April 29, 2017
Lettuce Challenge 2017Once again, through the generosity of The Stamford Garden Club, the Stamford schools have been invited to participate in the annual Lettuce Challenge. Each year involved students and teachers receive the tiny plugs and necessary materials to start the project. Each class decides on the method of nurturing their plugs. Some are grown under gro-lights indoors,some are boldly placed outside for nature to do her thing. Photos are from one school that believes in letting nature guide the process. On June 1st, Mayor David Martin will award the winners their blue ribbons and all will be able to bring home their entries to be planted in the school vegetable garden or their home garden. The carefully nurtured plants will grow into full heads of butter crunch lettuce to be enjoyed by all. Entries may be viewed at the Government Center lobby from Tuesday, May 30-Thursday, June 1st.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Snow White Oyster Mushrooms
What a thrill to glance at the "mushroom logs" and discover this gigantic oyster mushroom! Thanks to a "mushroom log" workshop conducted by Stephen Conaway of the Greenwich Land Trust on Feb. 27th, 2016, our group is now enjoying oyster mushrooms and shitakes as well. There's no end to the exciting experiences one can have in the garden.
Time to start thinking about putting the garden "to bed" for the upcoming winter months. But, first, do plant your garlic cloves soon so you can enjoy your harvest next summer.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Garden in Full Glory
Since May, Nancy Juarez' garden project has zoomed along. But why explain all the details. The photos should give you a sense of what she has accomplished in 3 months: built raised beds, filled with soil and planted, added wood chips to pathways, added supports for vertical gardening, fenced in the area, planted flowers in the border, and is now harvesting lots of vegetables and sharing with everyone who crosses her path. BRAVA!
Sunday, May 8, 2016
What Should I Do as a Senior Project?
Here's what a student at Westhill HS in Stamford, CT decided to do. Nancy Juarez wanted to create a vegetable garden for the school community, something that she could "give" to her school as a parting gift. So she and her Dad built 9 large raised beds- about 4' by 13' by 10" deep. She got rich soil to fill them, black fabric mulch to prevent weeds between the beds, and lots of wood chips to cover the fabric. Then she framed in the whole area to prevent the wood chips from spilling out onto the adjacent grass and road surfaces and to provide an area for a flower border as well. Next step: planting the beds- the fun part and the most creative element yet. Kudos to a young woman with great heart and great energy. What an honor to know her. Let's keep growing.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Bottom Line: ask your local nurseries if they have leftover seeds. They can't sell them but most seeds will be viable for much longer than the year stamped on the packet.
Snow outside. Seeds on the table. Spring will come. Life is good!