We are officially in the dog days of summer. Even though the days are still long and hot, August is a great time to start planning your fall and winter garden.
One of the most important things you can do for your plants this June is give them a steady and consistent watering. These hotter days are not only giving the plants the energy and light to photosynthesize but it’s also taking the moisture out of the soil. It’s a good idea to set in place a solid watering schedule.
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. If you haven't been by in a while, you might be surprised to discover what's still thriving––Christmas kale, anyone?
This is an obvious but sometimes necessary reminder to pick and eat your food. There is nothing worse than watching a delicious zucchini turn to mush on the vine because it's gone unpicked for weeks. If you can't keep up with the food coming out of your garden box, why not invite a friend to come harvest for you?
With this heat, it's a good idea to plan on visiting the garden every 2 to 3 days to soak your soil. Brian Minter was on CBC's BC Today program last week and imparted the wisdom of early morning watering as the best time of the day to feed your plants. Second best (and perhaps more realistic) is to water during the cooler evening hours. Watering during the hottest midday hours can scald your leaves and fail to penetrate those deeper layers in the soil where you want your roots to dig.
As most of you are aware, city permits have delayed us from hooking our watering system up. But it's just too darn hot not to have water, and so we're bringing in a temporary water storage solution.
The Meet & Greet for the Broadway & Victoria Garden is scheduled for SATURDAY APRIL 21ST, and will run from 1pm to 3pm.
We'll be out on Saturday, April 21st 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 (if you haven't already) and ask us any garden related questions you might have. We'll also have our friends at Victory Gardens selling seeds, bulbs and starts to get you growing. 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.
January marks not just another year, but the start of the Great Countdown To Spring. Hey, February's only a month away, which means we're just a month away from planting those first snow peas in the cold, damp dirt. Not so bad, is it?