We are officially into the dog days of summer and it is hot and dry. Even though it’s hot out there, August is a great time to start planning and planting your fall and winter crops.
The dry, warm weather has finally set in and it's heating up out there. Judging by what is growing in gardeners boxes, the yields are starting to ramp up and the garden salads and veggie dishes are only getting bigger and tastier. It’s a great idea to set a solid watering schedule, if you haven’t already, to keep your plants well hydrated through the month June.
Don’t forget to grab a couple buckets of compost, not only will your plants love you in the coming season, you will also increase your yields and have strong and healthy plants to harvest from. It’s always a good idea to turn your beds over with a shovel or fork and mix in your compost at the same time before you chose to plant out your beds.
This spring we'll be supplying organic compost to boost your garden beds with nutrients for the growing season. Expect a big pile of dark, fragrant earth to arrive in the garden some time THIS WEEK! Make use of the shovel and buckets in the tool shed to add a thin layer to your bed(s) before planting your first seeds.
Most of us are starting to see a major slow-down in vegetable production, which is to be expected. If you are finished with your bed for the season, please take the time to clear out any dead plant matter and put it in the cedar compost box. We've added a second box to accommodate lots of green waste.
It's that time of the year again––cool mornings, a break from the smoke, orange tints in the tree leaves. Lucky for us, fall is also a time of bounty and ripeness. Tomatoes, squash and corn are coming into their full colour and sweetness, and the soil is still warm enough to germinate those same cold-hardy seeds you first planted way back in the spring.
We have an enormous wait list for the garden and the season for growing is upon us; if you haven't made use of your bed(s) yet, you will receive an email checking in to see if you're still interested in being a part of the garden. Folks on our wait list will have priority on the beds that come available.
The water is flowing through the hoses and there for you to make use of. During hot stretches of 3-4 days, your young plants and seedlings will want a nice dousing. It's often best to water your garden during the 'shoulder' times of the day (early morning/evening) when the sun's heat is less extreme. Water on your veg leaves during midday heat can cause scalding.
We have set a date for the Meet & Greet event and hope you can make it out, rain or shine!
We'll be out on Saturday, April 14th at 10 a.m. to host a meet-and-greet event at the garden. This is a great time to meet your fellow gardeners, plant your first seeds (if you haven't already) and ask us any garden related questions you might have. Rain or shine, but let's hope for sun!
Spring is just around the corner––you can see it in the snow bells and crocuses––and that means we can start turning our attention to the business of gardening.
We haven't made the date official yet, but know that this fun garden kick-off event will be scheduled for some time in late March or April. This will be a great opportunity to meet fellow gardeners, break dirt (if you haven't already) and ask us any pressing growing questions. In addition, this event will serve as our official deadline for collecting any outstanding 2018 Garden Fees.