Monday, July 21, 2014

Garden Party Invitation

please join us at Roots & Wings' 


this Thursday, July 24, 6 - 9 PM 
in The Kitchen Garden 
located behind South Church 
343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry

A celebration of our gardening traditions featuring 
a garden tour, live music and s’mores. All are welcome! 
Bring a dish to share and a mug. 


Barbara Chakmakjian
Sharon Deep
Robin Larkin
Chris Cole Olsewski
Mark Pennington
Lenore Lelah Person
Marcello Taiano
Els Vandenbosch 
Solange Viggiano
MJ Wilson

for more information, contact Lenore at / 914 420 6864


Sunday, July 20, 2014

notes from the garden

this week's harvest--given to the Food Pantry
Els, Solange and I met this past Saturday to continue with the work at the garden.  We did the usual weeding, cutting the grass around the beds, and pruning of plants. Els brought over a natural pesticide that we applied to some of the vegetables that were being eaten by the insects. We noticed some new cucumbers, peppers and a lot of tomatoes that are nearly ready to be harvested. 

We will need to continue with the watering although last week due to the torrential rains watering was reduced.  I will be at the garden this Saturday from 9 am to noon --we'll turn the compost and cover some of the beds with hay or mulch.

There is a quite a bit of Kale, Swiss chard, cucumbers and herbs that can be harvested for the food pantry.  I will stop by Tuesday and harvest some of these vegetables and leave them in a basket near the pantry.   


The wind began to switch . . . The (green) house, to pitch

As you may have heard, the wind blew the Kitchen Garden's greenhouse into South Church's driveway circle on July 8.  Even though I had staked it into ground with 4 ten inch stakes.  The wind was just too strong.  

Several of the windows were blown out and the frame was twisted and damaged, with at least one of the vertical metal pieces sheared off completely.  Dave Person and I inspected it the next evening and repaired the fence temporarily.  We moved the greenhouse back behind the compost bins.

The greenhouse was a generous donation by Chris Cole Olsewski, but it is may be more of a liability than a help at this location, with the exposure to the wind.  Windows keep blowing out, and once they do, the whole house is vulnerable to getting picked up and moved by the wind.  It would require quite a bit of work to fix, and we could have the same problem again.

Next spring we will need to start seedlings in homes and/or with our partners at Children's Village, and not use the greenhouse at all.   
--Mark Pennington

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Dorothy: It really was no miracle. What happened was just this… Dorothy: [singing] The wind began to switch / The house, to pitch / And suddenly the hinges started to unhitch / Just then the Witch / To satisfy an itch / Went flying on her broomstick, thumbing for a hitch! Munchkin: And, oh, what happened then was rich! Munchkins: [singing] The house began to pitch / The kitchen took a slich / It landed on the Wicked Witch in the middle of a ditch / Which was not a happy situation for the Wicked Witch!