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!
Saturday, November 7, 2015
From the Bartlett Arboretum's weekly newsletter, I am happy to share the following:
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Are you ready?
Here are a few photos to illustrate how good basic design will enhance your garden's appearance and productivity. This beautiful garden is at Davenport Ridge ES in Stamford,CT. Beds for early vegetables, for herbs, edible flowers, and more flowers for their beauty and fun. Sunflowers anyone?
Notice the beds of varying shapes and heights and angles. And birdhouses to bring in nature and additional visual appeal and the "ooh" factor.
Time to: clean-up, amend the soil, set out the first tender plants or seeds: peas, lettuces, radishes, carrots, chards, etc. Let's get growing! 'Tis the season.
Monday, December 15, 2014
An easy, fun, and beautiful activity for children and adults, too - clusters of evergreen branches, secured tightly with a rubber band, then with green wire. Create a loop with the wire so as to hang it easily on an outside door. We added our own wired ribbon bows, some pine cones we had gathered and voilà - a lovely door decoration created during our middle school Garden Club activity. You can use any kind of evergreen as well as dried stems from perennials like artemesia and sea grasses. Be whimsical. 'tis the season.