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If you think you need lots of time and money to have a great garden, think again.
Eric D’Ambrogi’s garden in Edgewood, which he entered “on a lark,” won first place in the small garden category of the Great Gardens Contest, early summer judging period.
The retired Deer Lakes school teacher has managed to construct a winning landscape on a shoestring using re-purposed building materials and plants that he’s found or received as gifts from other gardeners. The contest is co-sponsored and judged by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.
“My garden has been a work in progress for the past 10 years,” he said in his entry essay. “When I bought my home, the backyard was a blank space with three very large pine trees, an overgrown holly tree and a falling apart carport.
POTTSTOWN — The sun is shining on some days and the rain is pouring on others, which makes it the season of gardening.
Although it’s the season to grow, gardening can seem intimidating for people who’ve never done it before.
Garden manager Laura Washington of the MOSAIC Pottstown Community Gardens said container gardening is a great option for beginners.
“It allows for gardeners to contain their garden in a small space,” she said.
Container gardening is also preferable for people with limitations such as arthritis in their knees, Washington said. People can place their carton on a stool or tabletop and work sitting down, she said.
Thanks to our generous garden members and our generous garden plots, we have plenty tomatoes, green peppers, herbs and local fruit for sale!
Stop by and pick up the latest copy of Organic Gardening or other information on food justice and where to buy fresh, wholesome foods in our local area! We have a list of local organizations and companies who offer nothing but the best. Pick up a copy during your garden visit this Saturday!
The stand and information stand will be open for business on Saturday, October 5th at 9:30 AM sharp!
Be sure to get there early so you don’t miss out on some of the super-fresh items being offered Saturday! This may be your last chance…
MOSAIC Community Land Trust is holding an “Open Garden” on Saturday, September 22 from 12-2 pm. All are invited into the Community Garden at 423 Chestnut Street in Pottstown to participate in a salsa-making workshop, learn how the garden works, and pick vegetables to take home. Garden guests on September 22 will be able to take home vegetables and herbs from one of MOSAIC’s community plots. There will also be salsa-making demonstrations and tastings, along with pesto made from basil grown in the garden.
MOSAIC is now seeking another site in Pottstown to add a garden next year. Interested residents can get on a list for next year’s gardens.
MOSAIC Community Land Trust’s a mission to increase homeownership in Pottstown, develop community gardens, and support the arts. Their office and gallery is at 10 S. Hannover Street. Details can be found at their website at www.mosaiccommunitylandtrust.org or by calling David Jackson at 484-949-4235.