On Sunday, August 23 we were thrilled to host our first community event in Narberth Park! In attendance were gardeners of all different skill levels, but who were all willing and eager to learn new information and share their own experiences. We loved talking with all of them, and had a great discussion about fall gardening. One of the biggest takeaways from the event was planting what you love to eat and not being afraid to take risks in the garden. Everyone at CGN knows that starting a garden can be intimidating, and we hope that our other discussion topics- including growing food from seed, what grows well locally, and methods of seed planting- helped gardeners, both new and experienced, feel more comfortable. We also talked about the benefits of native plants, which are beautiful and good for pollinators (including the adorable yellow finches we observed from our meeting spot!). And since we are quickly approaching autumn, much of our discussion centered around gardening in the fall- what to plant, where to plant it, and when to harvest. We finished the event with a tour of our Giving Garden and discussed spotting weeds, knowing when vegetables are ready for harvest, and identifying when plants are done producing and can be removed. Overall, we loved being able to come together with gardeners of all backgrounds and share information, experience, and knowledge. Huge thanks to board members Dianne Moore and Linda Pitt for organizing this wonderful event, and to all of the gardeners who came out to join us! We plan to host more events like this one in the future, and hope to continue uniting community members through gardening.
If you’d like to learn more about fall gardening in the Narberth area, check out our fall planting guide below! Inside, you’ll find crop recommendations, planting schedules, and delicious recipes.