The third of our four seasons of poems by Vera's Pen for 2022. Thank you and "Á la prochaine!"
Town Hall Meetings 2022: a lovely Zero Waste Potluck returns after three years. Beautiful evening in the garden!
Karen and Jack deserve much acknowledgment for their generous gift of time, organization skills, and work in making the potluck a success!
Harvest dishes abounded as we all included tomatoes, peppers, or herbs from our gardens. One special highlight was the fig tart by Sara and Stamos. The teaching garden students along with Laura L. harvested a cantaloupe to serve and created a bean, basil, kale salad.
We enjoyed real cutlery and dishes and cloth napkins! Thank you to all for bringing your own dishes and utensils, cups and napkins. At the "Sanit" station we composted all food scraps returning directly into the compost pile so that what comes from the earth, to the earth. As for zero waste we were so close! Because of all these efforts, we produced less than one pound (only a half of one container) of waste that had to go to landfill.
For after the meal, Janet brought the game 'Name that Plant' for folks to learn how to identify NYS invasive plants and some beneficial look alike alternatives. For example:
Special thanks to so many. We had 25-30 people who were able to attend. There were food contributors who brought a dish even though they couldn't stay. We had teams of folks who cleaned up before, David and Kaz; and those who set up on the day of the event; Karen, Linda, Madeleine, Mary, Mako, Alida, Stamos, Sara, Farouk, Yema, Luba, and Deb D. who also bought ice; then those stayed to clean up after Monica and Jack. We have certainly missed naming some people here, so once again, gratitude for all.
Spotted Lantern Flies: What to do? Go ahead and kill them, but do no harm to other beneficial wildlife.
In August, the Spotted Lanternfly team tried some traps recommended by various sources. We were encouraged and thought they might be working fairly well.
(Note: added to post later) In early September, we discovered that the sticky tape version of the traps was killing many beneficial insects and also harming/trapping our beautiful local and migrating birds. So, Dave Nisthaus took the traps down for this season.
Be on the watch for the adult insects and now for the egg masses. We can keep reducing the numbers of this overpopulated new insect that has no predators on our continent.
Summertime Congratulations! During their July inspection, Standards voted on the following plots in the following categories:
"Best July Garden"
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