Autumn is officially here

Hello fellow gardeners,

With the passing of the fall equinox, it's safe to say that summer is officially behind us.  It's time to get out the wool sweaters and get ready to taste pumpkin in everything. 

October is a magical month where the days are shortening, the leaves are falling and the air is cool and crisp.  Take the time to give thanks for the summer bounty and reflect on all that we were able to grow this season.

Here are a few garden updates for October:


NEXT YEAR

As everyone knows, the Alma & 10th Garden is a temporary one. We hope to continue the garden into 2020, but at this time, we don't yet know for sure. If the garden goes ahead, you will of course keep your beds from this year. Look for an update in the coming months––fingers crossed.


BEDS TO REST

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 greens waste box.

If you're keen on covering your beds for winter, consider using fallen leaves (which tend to abound this time of year) or even dead plant cuttings from your own bed. There are also cover-cropping options to check out.


WATER SHUT OFF

A quick note about water: we will be shutting off the irrigation and removing the hoses in late October in anticipation of first frost.


HELP US GROW!

Help us grow and create new garden spaces by reviewing us online! A quick Google rating will let us know how we're doing and will increase our online presence. Link here to review us on Google, it's only a few clicks!


UBC Online Survey

We have been kindly asked to forward on an online survey from UBC regarding community gardens within the city.

"The survey is to help generate evidence on the diverse benefits of community gardens within the city. It runs until the end of October, 2019. The survey asks about your community garden, the benefits of your participation in the garden, and about yourself. It will take about 10 minutes to complete".

(link: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ZjgIPV4AJtS40R).

The survey questionnaires are available in English and Chinese (in traditional and simplified). All information is confidential. All participants who choose to provide their contact information, regardless of whether their survey is completed, will be able to enter a draw to win a $50 gift card for Hunters Garden Centre or Safeway.


Garden Photos

Thank you to all who sent in photos for this years garden memorabilia competition.  The winners will receive an email congratulating them and letting them know the prize they have won.