Hoses are hooked up at the garden!

Hello fellow gardeners,

It's been too long getting here, but we've officially got a water hook-up at the garden. Whew. And also: yay! Here are a few updates about the hose system as well as some additional info.

HOSES

Water to the two hoses is controlled by the ON/OFF switch on the side of the cedar garden shed. Please make sure to turn the water OFF when you're done; this helps minimize the risk of flooding the site if there happens to be a leak in one of the lines. There's no need to coil up the hose when you're done either. Simply hook the nozzle over the edge of your box and leave it for the next gardener to find.

Please let us know ASAP if there is a leak or damage to the line. Thanks.

GET WATERING

With this heat, it's a good idea to plan on visiting the garden every 2 to 3 days to soak your soil. Brian Minter was on CBC's BC Today program a few weeks ago and imparted the wisdom of early morning watering as the best time of the day to feed your plants. Second best (and perhaps more realistic) is to water during the cooler evening hours. Watering during the hottest midday hours can scald your leaves and fail to penetrate those deeper layers in the soil where you want your roots to dig.

WATERING FAVOURS

If you're going to be out of town for more than a couple days, here are the three best ways to keep your plants happy and well-watered:

1. Ask a friend or family member.
2. Post a request (with your bed numbers) on the Facebook Group.
3. Make use of one of the Please Water signs, which we'll have on site midweek. These should be returned to the garden shed when they're no longer needed. Let's try and help out our garden neighbours who've placed the cedar signs on their beds.

               
SPARE NOZZLE

Soon the nozzles will start to wear a bit from over-use. If you're comfortable doing so, feel free to trade out that busted nozzle with the brand new one we have stashed in the tool shed. Let me know in a message so I can get another spare in there.