Hello fellow gardeners,
We're a few months into what's proven to be a real scorcher. I hope that you're finding the time and energy to keep your plants hydrated -- it seems like there's no end to the sun!
Here are a few garden updates for July:
NO BERRIES IN THE GARDEN
My apologies for this late reminder, but our garden rules at Burke Mountain do not allow the growing of berries (like strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries). This may seem unnecessarily cruel (berries are so tasty!) but we have the restriction in place as an anti-wildlife measure. The garden nuzzles up with the forest, and we don't want to entice any large forest animals into our beds. If you are growing berries, I'll ask that you please remove and transplant them elsewhere, in household planters perhaps, by this Sunday, June 28th.
SPEAKING OF BEARS
The main reason people (gardeners) and bears come into conflict is actually the improper care of garbage and other attractants (like berries). The bears can't change, but we can: here's a good resource (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=724e86837b&e=9d37d4b117) .
To report an aggressive bear in or near the garden, please call the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.
Here's a good website for more info: http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=e06255bb54&e=9d37d4b117
I will be at the garden on Tuesday, June 30th to remove the green waste, tidy the space, and make sure there are no remaining berries. If you're in the neighbourhood and want to pop by to talk about fall crops (see below), I'll be there from 12:30 pm to 2 pm.
We're well into the hot stretch and this means the beds get dried out very quickly. Make sure to give your plants a good dousing of water (ideally in the cooler 'shoulder' hours of the day), three to four times a week.
GROWING TIPS: FALL & WINTER VEG
It may seem bizarre to start thinking about the cooler months, but now is a great time to create some space in your beds for fall and winter crops (like carrots, beets, onions, broccoli, and cabbage). Check out this great resource from West Coast Seeds (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=6261e09b33&e=9d37d4b117) !
Don't forget your sunhat,
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