Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County hosted Saturday in the Garden on September 29th, their third such event this year. The event is for families, adults and children, to gain hands-on experience working side by side with Master Gardener volunteers, using the demonstration gardens at the Farm and Home Center in Millbrook. Activities are tailored for each season, teaching adults various garden tasks and techniques while enabling children to explore gardening, hands-on.
At this past Saturday’s event, Master Gardener volunteers discussed with the adults the closing of the garden for winter, including the importance of tool care by showing the proper techniques of cleaning, sharpening, and repairing the garden tools at the end of the season. Since one of the key Fall gardening activities is bulb planting, the adults were taught all about bulbs and bulb planting – the types, the lifecycle, the planting depth, the tools, etc. – plus got a bonus of a few bulbs to take home and try their newly learned techniques. Based on the discussions, everyone had questions answered and all learned something new!
During the Saturday in the Garden in June, the children planted Gold Rush potatoes and this past Saturday, they eagerly harvested the potatoes, digging up their treasure of gold!
The harvested potatoes and other produce (lots of beautiful gourds) were used to create Crazy Critters.
Left photo: courtesy of Joyce Tomaselli
Right photo: courtesy of Joyce Tomaselli.
They learned how to make simple bird feeders from pine cones, peanut butter, and bird seed…taking home their bird feeders with a new understanding of their winter visitors.
All 3 were delicious. The gold rush had a dry, fluffy texture while the 2 fingerlings (unfortunately I do not know the names) had waxy texture.
I also cut open red and blue potatoes, showing the children and adults the red and blue colors and the patterns inside. They were amazed!
The ‘Joy of Cooking’ prevailed as I enticed one child to say he would take his potato home, put butter and salt on it, and try his very first potato.
Thank you Kathy Smith for helping me write the summary.
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