Friday, September 22, 2017

Dear Gardeners,

I am so proud of the big tomatoes I picked this week.  Check out the picture to the right of this article. It is a photograph of me with one of my favorite varieties of tomatoes, Chef's Choice Pink.  This tomato is a hybrid tomato with the taste of an heirloom.  It has a potato-shaped leaf and grows very large fruit.  I voted this variety my favorite last year, so I grew it again.  I can't wait to taste these beauties on a BLT sandwich.  

This Week in the Garden:

-END OF THE SEASON REMINDERS-  If you are finished with your plot for the season, please remove EVERYTHING from your plot.  All non-organic materials must be taken home or put in the trash.  All tomato plants should be put in the trash as well.  All sunflowers should be pulled and piled up next to the compost bins.  ALL OTHER PLANTS should be pulled and put into the compost bins. Please let me know as soon as you are done cleaning out your plot.

-HARVEST, HARVEST, HARVEST-  Don't forget to come and harvest your veggies!  Take advantage of your hard work!  Yum!

-WEED, WEED, WEED!-  Please be a good community garden member and remember to weed your plot!

-FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS-  Please bring any pantry donations to the information booth at the farmer's market Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m.

-MILK FUNGICIDE-  Please bring your own spray bottle for milk fungicide.  I will be out of town this weekend, so if the milk is not out at the garden, please ask for it at the front desk of the Heritage Center.


Please check out some of the special opportunities coming up at the farm:


*Craftsmanship Series- Are you interested in woodcarving by hand, basic basket weaving, or beginning broom making?  

*Harvest Supper- Our harvest supper will be a night to remember.  Dining under the stars, on the farm, true farm to table cuisine.  Our friend and chef Natezore Cooks is already preparing the meal by checking out the ingredients being grown and checking on the progress with the farmers.  For more information and to purchase tickets:


Happy Gardening!  Have a great weekend!

Alyssa Tadelman

Friday, September 15, 2017

Dear Gardeners,

Please check out some of the special opportunities coming up at the farm:

*Bonfire and Barndance- THIS Saturday, September16 from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.  Bring your family to the farm for an evening filled with fall fun for everyone!  Enjoy wagon rides, live music and dancing.  Roast s'mores and listen to storytelling by the fire.  Admission: $5 per person, children 2 and under are free.


*Craftsmanship Series- Are you interested in woodcarving by hand, basic basket weaving, or beginning broom making?  Check out the attached flyer for more information on these NEW classes at Wagner Farm.

*Harvest Supper- Our harvest supper will be a night to remember.  Dining under the stars, on the farm, true farm to table cuisine.  Our friend and chef Natezore Cooks is already preparing the meal by checking out the ingredients being grown and checking on the progress with the farmers.  For more information and to purchase tickets:


This Week in the Garden:

-END OF THE SEASON REMINDERS-  If you are finished with your plot for the season, please remove EVERYTHING from your plot.  All non-organic materials must be taken home or put in the trash.  All tomato plants should be put in the trash as well.  All sunflowers should be pulled an piled up next to the compost bins.  ALL OTHER PLANTS should be pulled and put into the compost bins. Please let me know as soon as you are done cleaning out your plot.

-HARVEST, HARVEST, HARVEST-  Don't forget to come and harvest your veggies!  Take advantage of your hard work!  Yum!

-WEED, WEED, WEED!-  Please be a good community garden member and remember to weed your plot!

-FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS-  Please bring any fresh food pantry donations to the information booth at the farmer's market Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m.

-MILK FUNGICIDE-  There will be NO milk fungicide this week due to the special event tomorrow.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Happy Gardening!  Have a great weekend!

Alyssa Tadelman

Friday, September 8, 2017



Dear Gardeners,

Just a friendly reminder, don't forget to HARVEST, HARVEST, HARVEST! Don't let your bounty go to waste.  You have worked so hard on your garden.  Please come by and pick your veggies!  Veggies that are rotting on the ground attract insects and disease.  Remove rotting veggies as soon as possible.

Last week, I shared the names of some of my favorite varieties of tomatoes.  Here are a few favorites from our fellow community gardeners:

John Brossard recommends Heriloom Beefsteak, German Queen Pink, Bradywine, The Brossard Tomato (a cross between a Brandywine and Cherry Tomato), and Mexico Midget Cherry.

Donald Cohen recommends Black Prince and Abe Lincoln.  

Please keep sending in the names of your favorites!

Also in the garden:

*PRIVATE EVENT SUNDAY- There will be a private, special event this Sunday from 3:00-5:30 p.m.  You are welcome to work in the Community Garden but please DO NOT PULL IN OR PARK in the circular driveway. Sorry for the inconvenience. 

*WEED WARNINGS- Last week, there were tons of weed warnings.  I will be rechecking plots this Saturday, September 9.  Please be a good Community Garden member and weed your plot.

*WHAT TO PLANT NOW- Even though fall is here, it's not to late to plant for a fall crop.  You can still plant the following veggies: spinach, lettuce, kale, and radishes.  We are hoping to keep the Community Garden open until around the 2nd week in October. 
 
*MILK FUNGICIDE- This solution is already mixed for you!  It consists of unpasteurized milk and water.  It will be available on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. until it is used up.  Spray this mixture on your plants to prevent powdery mildew.  Please bring your own spray bottle.

*DONATIONS- I will be in the garden from 10-12 to collect any donations of fresh produce to donate to the pantry.  Leave them in the donation plot if you don't see me!

Happy Gardening!  Have a great holiday weekend!

Alyssa Tadelman
Community Garden Plot Coordinator
Historic Wagner Farm

Friday, August 25, 2017

Dear Gardeners,

This week, gardeners and volunteers joined me for a wonderful and informative BEE TALK by Robin Forde.  We learned all about the life cycle of bees, how to maintain a hive, harvesting honey, the importance of planting flowers that attract bees, and much more!  We also loved tasting several varieties of delicious honey such as cactus honey, blueberry honey, and orange honey.

Also, in the garden, plot #43 was recently relinquished.  I replanted the garden with a wonderful group of volunteers. We used the raised bed gardening technique to protect the plants from possible future flooding.  We planted bush beans, radishes, and arugula.  These are all great late summer/early fall crops.  Stop by plot #43 to check it out!


*FIELD TRIP TO THE TALKING FARM- IF you are planning on attending the field trip to The Talking Farm, please RSVP to:
 Alyssa.Tadelman@glenviewparks.org
This field trip will be at The Talking Farm in Skokie at 10:00 a.m. At the farm, you will hear all about the farm's mission, their organic gardening practices, and how they use hoop houses for an almost year-round garden.  A $5 donation per person is recommended.

*MILK FUNGICIDE- This solution is already mixed for you!  It consists of unpasteurized milk and water.  It will be available on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. until it is used up.  Spray this mixture on your plants to prevent powdery mildew.  Please bring your own spray bottle.

*DONATIONS- If you have any donations to give to the food pantry, please drop them in the donation plot this Saturday from 10-12:00 pm.  I will pick them up for delivery. 

Happy Gardening!
Alyssa Tadelman
Community Garden Plot Coordinator
Historic Wagner Farm

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Bee Talk on Wednesday night was amazing!  Thank you Robin Forde.  We also enjoyed tasting 6 different varieties of honey.