First Frost at the Burke Mountain Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

Fall has been generous to us at the Burke Mountain Community Garden––plenty of sun, warm days, and rain when it counts. We're still seeing production from plants that went into the ground over six months ago. I, for one, haven't bought kale from a grocery store since February. I have grown a bit tired of kale salad, but hey, the gardener taketh what the garden giveth away.

Here are a few garden updates for November:


We will be shutting off water at the garden and removing the hoses early this month to avoid freezing damage over the winter. We'll start the water up again in spring, after the final frost.


If you have dead/withered plants in your beds, it's time to pull them up in preparation for winter. Green waste goes in the compost bins in the northwest corner of the garden.


The final stage in putting your beds to rest for the winter is to cover them with mulch. There is plenty of straw to make use of: one bale in the main garden shed, and two more bales in the boxes in the middle of the garden. We ask that you put straw on your own bed, and do so as soon as possible. You are welcome to plant a cover crop (like clover) instead of mulching, but even over-winter crops (like kale and garlic) benefit from a good couple inches of mulch. See the photo below for an example of what a 'resting bed' looks like.


If you're on Facebook, be sure to join the newly minted Burke Mountain Temporary Community Garden Group ( . Going forward, this will be a great place to post garden photos, watering requests, and other garden related info.


For anyone who wants to send a photo into the first annual photo contest, we're pushing the deadline back one week, to November 7th. To enter the contest, please send your top pic (only one per gardener, please) to

The winning photo will be announced in our December Garden Update, and the winner will get their beds for free for the 2016 growing season.


Here's an example of a garden bed that has been nicely mulched. I've trimmed back the yellowed chive plants and left the sage and rosemary, which are winter-hardy perennials that will survive the West Coast winter.

And for those suffering from kale fatigue, here's a fresh take on the ** kale salad ( from one of my favourite food blogs.

Happy Halloween,


Garden Manager

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