Hello fellow gardeners,
Fall has been generous to us at the Dunbar 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:
WATER SHUT OFF
We will be shutting off water at the garden and removing the hoses this week 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 area in the northeast corner of the garden.
PUTTING BEDS TO REST
The final stage in putting your beds to rest for the winter is to cover them with mulch. There are plenty of leaves to make use of: we ask that you put leaves 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.
JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP
If you're on Facebook, be sure to join the newly minted Dunbar Community Garden Group (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=7df190fc8f&e=129bdc1288) . I understand there may be other iterations of this group on FB, but in the spirit of getting everyone onto the same platform, I encourage you to consider this the official Dunbar Garden group. Going forward, it will be a great place to post garden photos, watering requests, and other garden related info.
PHOTO CONTEST EXTENSION
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 email@example.com.
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.
GROWING TIPS: MULCHING YOUR BEDS
Here's an example of a garden bed that has been cleared and nicely mulched. There's no such thing as too many leaves––go crazy.
And for those suffering from kale fatigue, here's a fresh take on the ** kale salad (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=b76f4adae9&e=129bdc1288) from one of my favourite food blogs.
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