Girl Scout Troop #52176

In September, 2017, Junior Girl Scout Troop #52176 toured the Fleur de Lune Garden at Robin Hill in Moon Twp. This was the first step in preparation to earn their Girl Scout Gardening Badge.  What a fun group of 4th grade girls!  Thank you to Bonnie Keen, Merrianne Cacali, Hope Withee, and Teresa Rees for making this happen.  We look forward to helping with the other steps in the process.
The steps to earning the Gardening Badge are:
Step 1 Visit a Garden If the place where you meet has a garden or pretty landscaping, take a tour and observe how the flowers are planted and spaces, how color is used, and how height is factored in.
Step 2 Explore Garden Design
Step 3 Learn How to Choose Garden Plants After a place has been selected to garden, have the girls create their visions. Give them pencil and paper to plan, and look in the catalogs for what will grow in your area. Tropical plants will not do well in the Northwest and plants that need shade will not do well in an open field that gets direct sunlight all day long. Then they can cut out pictures and paste them in the appropriate spots.
Step 4 Experiment With Seeds For this step, you will need: Egg Cartons Potting Soil Seeds Garden Shovels Newspaper Cup for water Pencil for poking holes Lay out the newspaper so clean up is easy. Follow the guidelines in the Junior Girl Scout Guide Book to complete this step. You can also find many kinds of seed planting charts for kids online.
Step 5 Grow Your Own Garden The easiest way to complete this step is to plant a garden for someone or some organization. It is a great way to get outdoors with your troop!
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Fall at its finest!

This is a favorite of Marcia Welsh’s…taken last fall.

The joys of retirement-being present to capture that special moment. Fall at its finest!

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Radiant colors at Robin Hill!

Look at these lovely pictures from our new garden, submitted by Marcia Welsh.

Stop by our new herb garden (follow the sidewalk from the parking lot to the left of the manor house, it will lead you to the new garden)

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New Garden Shed!

Our  new garden shed has arrived and been installed.  Thank you Merrianne for all your hard work in researching our options.  It’s lovely!  We are impatiently waiting for the grass to grow so we can get in there and plant our herbs in the new herb garden.

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Earth Day 2017

Beautiful setting for Earth Day, so warm and sunny. Great day for parents to enjoy the day with their children.  The parents were invited to shop, and select flower, vegetables and herb seeds from “Seeds From My Garden”, giving them the opportunity to create a family project at home.

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The Moon Township Garden Club Youth Activities Members decorated and potted 2 large trays of violets with the children.
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The children enjoyed a variety of cookies and juice while waiting for balloon artist Judith Caradi to make them something special to take home.
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Steve and Helene Demel
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Saving Vegetable Seeds by Helene Demels

Seeds from my Garden

  • Asparagus Cut the ferns with berries from the female plants and allow them to dry a few days in the field or inside. Soak berries and remove “skins”. Place the seeds on a paper towel to cure and dry for a week before storing.
  • Bean Pods are ready for harvest when some are dry and the remainder have turned yellow, about 6 weeks after the pods were of fresh- eating quality. Cure the pods for 1 to 2 weeks in a warm dry place. Store the seeds in paper bags or envelopes in a dark, dry area.
  • Cabbage Pull entire plants when most of the pods are brown and hang them upside down to cure in a warm, dry place. The siliques will split open, when fully dry, so place something under the plants to catch the seeds.
  • Corn Ears are ready to be harvested for seed from 4 to 6 weeks after they reach eating stage. Pick ears when the husks are brown. Make sure ears are fully dried. Twist the ears or rub two together to release hard, dried kernels into a bucket.
  • Cucumber Select large, overripe fruit for seed saving and allow them to ripen on or off the vine in a cool dry place for at least 5 weeks after eating stage, until they turn yellow, white, orange or brown in color. Select the seeds and store them in a cool, dry place for several more weeks to complete their ripening.
  • Eggplant Scoop the seeds with a spoon into a bowl with water and rub between your hands to separate the seeds. Put the good seeds in a strainer and rinse then drain and place on a coffee filter or screens in a warm, ventilated area to dry.
  • Okra When pods are brown, they will split and you’ll have to collect seeds in a bucket.
  • Pepper Scrape out the seeds and spread them on a screen or coffee filter to dry for about 2 weeks.
  • Squash When they have turned yellowish, orange, cut the squash in half, then scoop out the seeds and pulp. Rinse off the pulp. Spread seeds on a paper towel to dry for 2 weeks and then store.
  • Tomatoe Scoop out seeds, place in a cup of water for 4 days. Each day draining the water and adding fresh water. The seeds will be separated from the pulp and ready to dry. Dry on a coffee filter for a week or two.
  • Watermelon Seeds are ripe when watermelon are good for eating. Wash seeds lightly, rinse and spread on a screen or paper towel. Dry for about a week.
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Saving Flower Seeds by Helene Demels

Seeds from my Garden

The seeds of almost all flowers are ORTHODOX that is they are best dried well and stored in sealed containers at 34 to 41 degrees. 

  1. Alyssum  Hand pick the flower heads when brown and they begin to dry. Spread the heads on screens to dry, with sheets beneath to capture the seeds. Rub gently to remove the seeds.
  2. Aster Hand pick the seed heads when brown. Spread the heads on screen to dry.
  3. Begonia The fruit is dehiscent capsule. Harvest the capsules as they begin to dry then spread them on a screen to dry further. Rub to remove the seeds.
  4. Bell Flower Fruit is a dehiscent capsule. Harvest before the capsules shed their seeds. Dry on a screen with a sheet beneath.
  5. Bells of Ireland The showy part of this plant is the Calyx( the external part of the flower. The seeds are in the collection of four nutlets nestled within the base of the calyx. Seeds are ready for harvest when the nutlets are dry.
  6. Columbine Fruits are many-seeded follicle. Harvest the heads as soon as they are somewhat but not fully dry, as they will shatter at the later stage. The seeds should be dark green to almost black when harvesting begins.
  7. Cone Flower The fruits are four-angled achenes. Harvest the flower heads when they are dried.
  8. Four-O’Clock The leathery fruit contains one seed. Harvest as they dry.
  9. Foxglove The fruit is a capsule, collect the capsules by hand as they mature.
  10. Geranium Collect the capsules when they have dried on the plants. Dry them further in a paper bag.
  11. Lilly of the Valley Fruits are many-seeded red or orange berries ¼ inch in diameter. Harvest them by hand once they have turned bright red and have softened.
  12. Love in a Mist The fruit is an inflated capsule containing many seeds dispersed through an opening at the top. Harvest as the fruits dry and shake out the seed.
  13. Marigold Harvest the seeds when the individual flower heads dry brown. Seed is easily rubbed from the head.
  14. Morning Glory The fruit is a globe-shaped capsule usually containing about six large seeds with very hard coats. Harvest the fruits when they are dry and break open the capsule to obtain the seeds.
  15. Pansy Handpick the fruit capsules as they mature. Put the closed capsules in a box covered with cloth as they dry, the seeds will be ejected.
  16. Periwinkle The fruit is a narrow cylindrical follicle containing 15 to about 30 seeds. Hand pick when brown and place on a  screen to dry.
  17. Poppy The fruit is a many-sided cone shaped pod three to four inches long. Harvest the fruit when the capsules turn a light brown before the seeds shatter.
  18. Snow on the Mountain The fruit is a small capsule containing usually 3 seeds. Harvest the fruits and extract the seeds when mature.
  19. Sunflower Harvest the heads when ACHENES (seeds) are dark colored and begin to rub off easily. Store in sealed containers.
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