Transitioning to a Permanent Site!

Hello fellow gardeners,

During this turning of the season––as the sunlight shores up a couple minutes more each day, and the leaves fall from the deciduous trees, and everyone seems to be nuts for pumpkin-flavoured anything; when we pack up our summer toys and shake the dust from our raincoats and woolens, slap fenders on our bicycles, reactivate winter cravings (hot chocolate, IPA, don't pretend you haven't been thinking about cheese); when we give thanks for the shelter over our heads, the food in our pantries, the hot water running through our taps, the joy of family and friends together at one table––it's good to take stock of the simple ingredients that made our gardens grow all summer long. Sunlight, soil, water: this one's for y'all.

Here are a few garden updates for October:


As everyone (hopefully) knows, the Burke Mountain Temporary Garden is set to be replaced by a permanent garden run by the City of Coquitlam through their Parks division. This arrangement is a unique one, and we're very excited to see the project take on a new life, all grown up!

Here are a few things you'll want to know about:

1. The new garden will be located on the same tract of development land, but in a different place than the current site.

2. The new garden will have new beds, with fresh soil, and a completely new layout. Also: brand new irrigation system, heck ya!

3. The new garden will have a different management set-up, and potentially a different annual fee, which you'll learn about in an upcoming email from the City. I will be passing along your email addresses to the new Garden Manager so that they can reach out and begin communicating with you directly about these exciting developments.

**** If you are no longer interested in gardening at Burke Mountain, and have no interest in gardening in 2018, please let me know ASAP and I will not include your email address in the package I send to the new garden manager. ****

4. As gardeners at the Burke Mountain Temporary Community Garden, you will be first in line for plots in the new garden!!! We will be closing the old site in the coming months, likely in late November or early December. Look for an update in your inbox with further details.


Most of us are starting to see a major slow-down in vegetable production, which is to be expected. If you are done with your beds for the season, please take the time to clear out any dead plant stuff or rotting veg. Green waste goes in the compost. Cheers!

Happy Thanksgiving,