Heat Wave at the Burke Mountain Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

Despite the heat, plants at the Burke Mountain Garden are looking bountiful and alive––tomatoes, basil, peas, kale... all thriving!

Here are a few garden updates for August:

WATER RESTRICTIONS

As you are all aware, we've entered Stage 3 water restrictions for Metro Vancouver. The watering of lawns is prohibited, but we're still able to water our vegetable gardens, so a bit of a break there. That said, let's continue to be conservative with our watering (no more than 3 waterings a week, which should be ample), and to report any busted nozzles or leaking hoses, so that I can address the issue ASAP.

Fingers crossed that the city doesn't bump us into Stage 4 restrictions, which ban the watering of vegetable gardens outright. Eep!

WEEDS

Keeping up with the weeds at the garden is an ongoing (losing) battle. I'm asking you to help out by yanking anything that's growing up through the gravel in the immediate vicinity of your beds. These pesky plants can be composted. Cheers.

GROWING TIPS: GARLIC HARVEST

I haven't seen much garlic in the garden, but if you want to learn about garlic harvesting for next year (it's such an easy one to grow!), here's a great video:

http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=b1933ce91a&e=9d37d4b117

And if you're interested, check out this summer update from ** West Coast Seeds (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=8f3587191c&e=9d37d4b117) on gardening in an El Nino year.

Adrick

Garden Manager garden@shiftinggrowth.com shiftinggrowth.com

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