Summer at the Dunbar Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

These long, hot days are both a blessing and a curse at the Dunbar Community Garden: boxes are bursting with life, but it can be a slog just to keep those boxes watered.

Here are a few garden updates for July:


This heat is taking a toll on the plants, but it's also creating a fire risk at the garden. We've had some fire scares at another garden from discarded cigarette butts in the dry wood chip. Going forward, we're going to ask that the garden be a non-smoking environment (for both gardeners and visitors to the garden). We'll get some signs up soon, and I'll ask that everyone lend a hand in reminding anyone who might be smoking to do so elsewhere, off site. If, heaven forbid, there is an instance of a fire, please get in touch with me immediately.


We're well into the hot stretch and this means the beds get dried out very quickly. Make sure to give your plants a good dousing of water (ideally in the cooler 'shoulder' hours of the day), three to four times a week. If you'll be out of town, I'd recommend posting a sign on the shed board asking for watering favours.


I've got a few more empty beds in need of gardeners -- pass along the word!


It may seem bizarre to start thinking about the cooler months, but now is a great time to create some space in your beds for fall and winter crops (like carrots, beets, onions, broccoli, and cabbage). out this great resource from West Coast Seeds ( , and another concise article from the Vancouver Observer ( . (

Let's hope for a little more rain,


Garden Manager

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