Plot 10A- Tosh and Jennie Mazzone
Tosh is currently a Research Technologist in Plant Science, working in organic weed management of agronomic systems. Jennie is currently a graduate student in Plant Pathology and International Agriculture and Development. We came to the Penn State CFS Community Garden in 2013, and could not imagine leaving. The garden has rewarded us with beautiful wedding flowers, delicious produce, and plenty of friends. We hope you enjoy viewing our experiences.
Excited to see what the future holds ~ Tosh and Jennie
New year, new plot. We are now located next to the main gate. We focused on seed production this year, as we are interested in saving seed from our greens. Thank you Matthew Sullenberger for the inspiration!
This year was all about flowers. Both being horticulturalists, we decided to grow all the flowers for our wedding in September. The Community Garden served as one of the many locations we were growing our flowers. Our plot was filled with amaranth and sunflower. With the bright sun of the Community Garden, and the help of friends and family, we were able to produce gorgeous bouquets, backdrops, and table arrangements for our wedding.
Buckets and buckets (literally) of flowers.
Pruning and dead-heading to promote branching.
Here are some of our final products on the big day. Success!
2013 was an especially noteworthy garden season. On a hot summer evening in July, Jennie was tending the cucumbers in the garden when all of a sudden, she noticed this beautiful yellow orchid amongst the vines. As she inspected it further, she realized there was a ring tucked away just behind the central bloom. She turned around to find Tosh on one knee, asking her to spend the rest of her life with him. And so they gardened, side by side, for the rest of their lives.
It was so great having two plots this year! In the front we have a lettuce forest. This lettuce bolted on us early the previous year, so we decided to let it flower and save the seed. This year we just broadcasted the seed. Being a leaf lettuce, I think this method worked very well. It was an excellent way to get the most out of the lettuce, even after it bolted.
Its great to have some extra hands, even if they are small.