It’s official, the dog days of summer are here and it is hot and dry. Whether you’re growing vegetables or flowers it is incredibly important to keep them well hydrated throughout this month. Make sure you give the soil a good soaking so your plants won’t suffer through these hotter days.
We'll be out on Saturday, April 6th at 1 p.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 and ask us any garden related questions you might have. We're excited to say that our friends from Victory Gardens will be out selling seeds and starts, so plan on taking advantage of their offerings. Rain or shine, but let's hope for sun!
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 during the first week of April. 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.
The pleasant winter weather continues, and you can sense spring just around the corner. Time to turn our attention to the business of gardening. Here are a few updates for the upcoming growing season, as well as important information on how to register and pay for your garden beds for the 2019 growing season.
As everyone knows, the Broadway & Alma Garden is a temporary one, slated to run for the 2018 growing season only. We hope to continue the garden into 2019, 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.
Flowers like marigold and petunia have pest-repelling qualities, where a plant like nasturtium will attract aphids (away from your veggies). Garlic and onion, as well as strong-smelling herbs like chive, basil, oregano and sage do wonders when planted in close proximity to your vegetables, and they're also quite flavourful and delicious.
We have set a date for the Meet & Greet event and hope you can make it out, rain or shine!
Consider diversity: "mono-cropping" kale is a good idea, in theory, if you love kale, but what happens when the aphids appear in June and start decimating your sole crop? Companion planting charts like this one show you which plants compliment and protect one another as from common garden pests. Flowers and herbs also do great things in a veg garden, including attracting pollinators, repelling pests and adding colour and zest to your garden kitchen.
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. Here are a few updates for the upcoming growing season, as well as some handy resources:
You can count on a monthly newsletter in your inbox, but for most of the day-to-day and week-to-week communiques, we use the Facebook Group. If you're fluent in the Mighty Interweb, why not join us on FB? It can be handy tool for getting in touch with us (and other gardeners) with garden related questions or watering favours.