This mild weather has meant that lots of plants are still growing, which is miraculous, given the snow-dumps in the rest of the country, but we request you make a final trip to the garden to remove and compost those raggedy tomato bushes and sloppy zucchini plants rotting away in the beds.
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.