Category Archives: Plants


Perhaps you’ve noticed the tender pea shoots and bright kale sprouts emerging from the two skinny beds in the corner of the community garden (to your right when you enter through the front gate). Maybe you’ve wondered whose youthful handwriting is on the wooden labels. Here’s the story behind these special plots gardened by Phoenicia Elementary School students.

The Health & Wellness Committee at Phoenicia initiated this year’s linkage with Shandaken Community Gardens—a wonderful opportunity for the students and a beautiful expression of SCG’s vision and mission. The School plots were earmarked by the garden committee as “Ed Beds” intended for educational and communal purposes during the planning phase of the garden, years ago, long before this particular partnership.

According to Health & Wellness Committee member, Maxanne Resnick, H&W keeps a focus on food, physical movement, and on illness prevention.  The committee is comprised of the principal, several teachers, the school nurse and several parents. They interface with the PTA as needed. “While the School District’s food services has done a tremendous amount to further healthy food offerings,” she says, “we feel that aiding the kids in understanding how to grow their own healthy food, and enjoying the taste of their harvest is exciting and worthwhile.”

So far, 50 of Phoenicia’s third graders have gotten their hands dirty and plan to grow veggies to eat and share with PTA families and the community. These budding gardeners have a support team of teachers, parents, and SCG’s very own Mimi, a SCG garden member who has volunteered as liaison and will help maintain the plots when school is out for the summer.

The kids will continue to grow additional crops in the PTA school garden that is located in the back of the building. Each class had its own planting bed there, and every year food has been harvested at an event in the fall and cooked in the garden by a local chef. The kids have loved this event, in which they get to harvest the food and eat it immediately.   By linking with the community garden and utilizing the donated Ed Beds, the hope is a greater abundance of produce and some volunteer community gardeners to help maintain the plots over the summer so the kids have a bounty when they return in the fall.

Putting Your Beds to Bed


While many flowers are still strutting their stuff, and cold-loving brassicas are in their prime, it’s actually the perfect time to start thinking of how to ready the garden for winter!

Autumn is upon us. Frost is not far off…

Do you know how to take care of your plot or home garden so that it is nutrient-rich and weedless come Spring? Share your knowledge and learn from experienced gardeners at:

Shandaken Community Gardens at Phoenicia Elementary School
2:30-4:40pm, Sunday October 13th

A hands-on afternoon of learning while we prepare garden beds for colder months. Join us for:

  • mulching
  • garlic planting
  • cover cropping
  • soil enriching

Even if you’re not quite ready to put yours to bed, come for:

  • a special harvest of the Community Roots bed, whose beets & carrots will go to a local food pantry
  • flower and herb picking (if frost hasn’t hit yet)

***If you can, please bring bags of leaves for beds and our compost pile!!***

Hope to see you there,

15th Annual CCEUC’s Great Plant Swap and Sale

15th Annual Great Plant Swap & Sale Coming to New Location in June

CCEUC Plant SwapKingston, NY – As you get your garden ready for spring this year, don’t forget to put aside some plants for the 15th Annual Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s (CCEUC) Master Gardeners Great Plant Swap and Sale taking place Saturday, June 1 at the CCEUC Education Center located at 232 Plaza Road in Kingston.

Here’s how it works:

  • Plants to swap can be dropped off that Saturday morning between 9:00am and 10:00am. Swappers will receive vouchers for the number of plants they drop off.
  • Swappers return at 11:00am to swap vouchers for plants!
  • At 11:30 the swap will open to the public for sale.

Plants must be labeled by name and color of flower, in pots, well cared for, healthy and not on the New York State list of Invasive Plants. Master Gardeners will refuse any plants not meeting these criteria.

Master Gardener volunteers will also be answering gardening questions and have lots of gardening information available. So, pot up your divisions or extra plants a few weeks before the swap date, label them, and bring them to exchange for vouchers.

For more information please call Dona Crawford at 845-340-3990 ext. 335 or visit our website at No early birds please.

For more information about Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s community programs and events visit our online calendar at Follow CCEUC on Facebook and Twitter. CCEUC provides equal program and employment opportunities. Please contact the CCEUC office at 845-340-3990 if you have any special needs.


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC) is a 501(c) 3 subordinate government agency of the State of New York under Article 5, 224(b) of the NYS County Laws organization that utilizes research based knowledge through their partnership with Cornell University. This information is disseminated through their on-going community programming in the areas of Agriculture, Horticulture, 4-H Youth Development, Family and Consumer Science and Environmental programs held throughout Ulster County.


Jude DeFalco
CCEUC Marketing & Production
Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County
232 Plaza Road
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-340-3990 ext. 332 / Fax: 845-340-3993

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