July at the Burke Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

We're entering the sweet zone for summer gardening, when everything we planted in spring is fruiting and blossoming and growing like crazy. Snow peas, lettuces, even tomatoes are making their way from the garden to our plates. It's a feast!

Here are a few garden updates for July:


Thank you for being so on top of the water levels in the garden. We appreciate your messages that let us know the water is running low. We know this is not an ideal system and we appreciate the team effort!


Tomato plants are one of the highest yielding crops in the garden––here are three tricks to getting that yield even higher.

1. Cut back extra leaves. Thinning excess foliage will open up better air flow for eventual fruit, as well as concentrate the plant's energy toward flower (and fruit) production. I thin my vine variety tomatoes two to three times in a growing season.

2. Remove suckers. These are the shoot-like growths that emerge from the 'joints' of each branch (where the horizontal branch meets the vertical stalk). Cutting off suckers sends your plant's energy into the 'leader' (the topmost new growth) as well as fruit production. I remove suckers once a week during peak growing times like now.

3. Pollination assistance. Here's a technique I hadn't thought of, brought to you by one of my favourite Youtube gardeners.


And finally, because it's so darn hot out: honeydew and mint popsicles.

Hope you're enjoying your summer so far,