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A New Season for the Senior Center Garden

by Yvette Cain
April 13, 2019

Energized by the success of the Senior Center’s first harvest so “fresh” in their minds, the Garden Committee reconvened this year and put a plan into action. 

Kathy Anguish co-chairs the committee, assisted by this writer, new to, but nonetheless excited by the fruits of our collected labors last summer.  Linda Sottile, Assistant Director of the Senior Center, informed us that a new shed would arrive for storage of gardening equipment, tools, and supplies.  A little footnote:  assembly required.

The ad hoc sub-committee of the Garden Committee was called into action!  Tom Anguish, Dennis Krim, Al Scaramella, Paul Mayo, and Chris Cain gathered on Tuesday and Wednesday, perhaps the coldest and windiest two days of the spring, to assemble a 6’ x 8’ corrugated plastic shed behind the Center.  On an area formerly set aside for the chipmunks’ strawberry patch now nestles a small she-shed adjacent to the raised beds and other vegetable gardens.  The two workdays were busy and long, but the good natures and collaboration of the construction and engineering crew completed the task none too early.  Thursday the Garden Committee would meet to plant!

Thursday’s sunshine brought the energetic volunteers together for a productive session of groundwork prep and planting.  (Not to mention that Tom Anguish returned to secure the roof to the walls of the shed—a minor overlooked detail!)  Kathy Anguish strategically assigned tasks to all: not a rake went unused, not a pair of gloves unwarmed.  The work crew consisted of Kathleen Finncran, Arlene Sampson, Tom, John Manego, Earl Vandewege, Kathy, and me. 

Two cubic yards of fine black compost, generously donated by Weston Nurseries, needed to be distributed and worked into the beds.   A strip of ground along the back of the building was prepared for the season.  A new pumpkin patch was established where formerly the chipmunks enjoyed their buffet. Additionally, peas, lettuce, and spinach seeds were sown.  The shed was filled with all its accoutrements, the raised beds were “gridded” for seeding, and the hose was placed in the ready position for days of heat and sunshine. 

Produce from last year’s first harvest was enjoyed by many.  The Senior Center kitchen used the herbs and vegetables for Thursday lunches and many special breakfasts and meals.  Flowers grown by the Committee graced the tables, the hallways, and offices.  Extra produce was left for happy seniors not able to garden themselves.  We’re off to a great start…now if only the weather cooperates!

 

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Comments (1)

Great article. Lots of fun stuff. Tom and I had a few laughs!!

- Kathy | 4/14/19 7:14 PM

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