Downpour at the Hastings Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

November is here––the sky is heavy with rain, the days are short, and cleaning out our beds at the Hastings garden feels like the last thing we want to do. Alas!

Here are a few garden updates for November:

WATER IS OFF

Not that anyone has used the hoses in months, but there you have it: we've taken away all the hoses and shut off the system. You can expect the water to come back on in the spring!

BEDS TO REST

I know, I know: this weather is really discouraging. But there are a lot of untended beds at the garden that need some love. Getting wet in the garden is half the fun, right?

We ask that each of you do your part to clear dead plants and put them in the compost. Once you've done so, spread a couple bucketfuls of leaves over top. Leaves are in a big pile in the middle of the garden. This is what a bed should look like over winter. It's a good idea to mulch in and around plants you wish to leave growing as well.

Please note that another component of putting your beds to rest is taking down and cleaning up whatever structures (trellises, hoop-houses, etc) you've added over the course of the growing season. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns about this.

GROWING TIPS: COVER CROPS + SOUP

It's a tad late in the season, but not quite too late for those interested in planting a cover crop in their beds. Cover crops (such as clover, alfalfa and certain grasses) are excellent ways to sink nutrients back into your soil during the gardening "off season." Here's an informative article (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=21cc264a1c&e=14820afcc3) from a great publication in the States called Modern Farmer.

And because it is so miserable out there, why not stay inside and make a pot of soup? Here's a great winter squash soup recipe from Smitten Kitchen (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=0cb27f6cf6&e=14820afcc3) .

Hope to see you out in your raincoats!

Adrick

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Beds to Rest at the Hastings Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

Fall is officially here, and plants are slowing down at the Hastings North Community Garden. It's time to pull up our yellowed tomato vines and cover the soil with mulch for the winter.

Here are a few garden updates for October:

PHOTO CONTEST

We're looking for photos of the garden! Got a nice shot of your bean plants, blowing in the wind? Sunflowers? Arugula? Gardeners? To enter the contest, please send your top pic to garden@shiftinggrowth.com before November 1st. (One pic per gardener, please, and be sure to label your JPEG with your first and last name).

The winner will get their beds for free for the 2017 growing season.

HARVEST

Despite the chilly weather, there is still good food to harvest from the garden. Remember to pluck those last tomatoes, that last pepper, before it's too late. We also want to avoid rotting vegetables in the beds; this tends to attract rats.

GREEN WASTE

In preparation for winter, we ask that everyone do their part in clearing all dead plant matter from their beds before November 1st. Green waste goes in the black compost bins. If one bin is full, please put your green waste in a bin that is not full.

PUTTING BEDS TO REST

The final stage in putting your beds to rest for the winter is to cover them with mulch. We will provide leaves for this purpose by the middle of October, in a big pile in the middle of the garden. We ask that you put leaves on your own bed, and do so before we shut off the water at the end of this month. 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 Garden Tips for a run-down of the process.

WATER SHUT-OFF

To avoid freezing pipes, we'll be shutting off the water and pulling up hoses during the last week of October.

GROWING TIPS: PREPARING YOUR BEDS FOR WINTER... PLUS GARLIC GROWING!!!

The goal with winter preparation is to protect your plants, and, more importantly, your soil, from the damage of winter weather. In BC, months of continuous rain can erode and compress your soil, washing out valuable nutrients and turning it acidic. Good winter preparation will help keep your soil in condition, add several weeks of growth to your garden in the late fall and early spring, and suppress weeds.

Here are a few simple steps:

  1. Remove diseased plants or plant parts (like powdery mildew).
  2. Thin your winter sprouts out (like carrots, radishes, beets).
  3. Remove any plants that have stopped producing (such as corn, zucchini, tomatoes, beans).
  4. Add some organic matter (like compost or manure, which can be purchased from any garden or hardware store).
  5. Cover your beds (with a wholesome layer of leaves, which we'll be providing).

October is a great month for planting garlic, as the bulbs will overwinter deep in the soil and sprout early next spring. If you've never planted garlic before, check out this helpful article from Abundant City (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=80278d2fbd&e=14820afcc3) . Here's the accompanying video:

http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=2fa468d4b2&e=14820afcc3 More good stuff from Rebecca Cuttler!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Adrick

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Good Eatin' at the Hastings North 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:

HARVEST

Sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with all that bounty. If you've got extra food, why not post something on the Facebook page requesting some help with harvesting. It's always tough to see homegrown food go to waste -- share the wealth!

WATER

It's getting hot out there. Make sure you give your plants a good two to three soakings per week, ideally during the cooler shoulder times of the days.

You've probably noticed that the nozzles are subject to damage, and we thank you for being so on top of letting us know when one of them isn't working.

Here are 3 things you can do to help with the nozzle-breaking situation:

  1. Hook the nozzle handle on the lip of your garden bed when you're done (as opposed to tossing it on the ground). This minimizes the cracking.
  2. There is now a spare nozzle in the garden shed. If you're comfortable doing so, we encourage you to make use of this spare and change out the dud.
  3. Keep letting us know (through email or phone) when there's a water-related issue at the garden.

WEEDS

July is pleasant weather even for weeds, which means we'll start to see them sprouting from the wood chip and the cracks in your beds. Please help us out by yanking up any of the culprits you find in your immediate vicinity. These plants can go in the green waste. Thanks!

GROWING TIPS: A RECIPE

With all this talk of summer bounty, it seems fitting to include a great recipe for anyone with an abundance of peas right now. From one of my faves, Smitten Kitchen.

Enjoy your July!

Adrick

Garden Manager, Shifting Growth 778-707-0573 (m) garden@shiftinggrowth.com shiftinggrowth.com

 

Summer Bounty, Watering Favours, Pest Control

Hello fellow gardeners,

We're in the full swing of food production, and that means our beds need even more attention when it comes to watering, harvesting and controlling common garden pests.

Here are a few garden updates for June:

WATERING

We've had a bit of rain lately, but the month ahead promises to be a hot one all the same. Most plants appreciate a good soaking every second or third day, especially young plants and seedlings, which are more susceptible to drying out. It's a fine balance and one worth experimenting with: some plants (like tomatoes and gourds) don't like their leaves to get wet, others (like peas, carrots, and most brassicas) can handle the spray, while more delicate plants like lettuces run the risk of sun scalding if they're watered at peak sun.

If you know you will be away, here are the three best options for making sure your beds get watered:

  1. Ask a friend for a favour!
  2. Join the Facebook Group (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=079fad2cb8&e=46b9d57ae1) and use it to post watering requests.
  3. Place a WATER ME sign in or at the base of your bed to let others nearby know that you'd like some help with watering. The signs will be stored in the garden shed starting next week. Please return them to the shed when you're finished, so that others can make use of them.

UNUSED BEDS

There are a number of registered garden beds that have not been planted or cared for. Keep in mind that growing space in an urban center like Vancouver is a very limited resource and that we have a very long wait list of super eager gardeners super eager to make use of your unused beds.

It's our goal to see the garden used to its full potential, so all abandoned garden beds will be reassigned to new gardeners by June 7th. Please let me know if there are any extenuating circumstances keeping you away from your beds.

PESTS

For the last month, your kale has been an epic Godzilla of nutrition, but some small unseen creature is starting to nibble its leaves, threatening to bring the monster down. Could it be aphids? Slugs? The dreaded cabbage looper? Argh!!!!!

Here's a great graphic (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=dbb4255d54&e=46b9d57ae1) on good bugs and bad bugs. And since aphids are the most common of the bad ones, here's a very simple and helpful video from a nice Australian gardener.

** (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=54383d901c&e=46b9d57ae1) Aphid control video -- check it out!

Enjoy the sun,

Adrick

Garden Manager garden@shiftinggrowth.com shiftinggrowth.com

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

Hello fellow gardeners,

Thanks to all those who came out to the April opening! We're officially in the thick of growing season right now; here are a couple updates for May.

WATERING

We're still getting a nice dose of regular rain, but as the days get hotter, it will become more important to visit the garden 2 - 3 times a week to water our young crops. In general, cooler, shadier times of the day (like morning or evening) are better for watering.

If you encounter a leaky hose or broken nozzle, please get in touch with me as soon as possible. Thanks!

SHED COMBO LOCK

For those newcomers, the combination for the lock on the shed is 000. Please make sure to lock the shed when you're done using the buckets and shovels.

FACEBOOK GROUP

Looking for a place to share garden photos or request some watering assistance while you're off on vacation? Join the FB Group (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=5423196d5a&e=46b9d57ae1) !

GARDEN TIPS: TOMATOES

Tomatoes are one of the funnest and most rewarding plants to grow, but anyone who's grown them knows that there are about a dozen tricks to getting great yields. You can nerd out on tomato tips for hours, but here are a few simple starting points:

Check out thishttp://www.canadiangardening.com/gardens/fruit-and-vegetable-gardening/10-starter-tips-for-growing-tasty-tomatoes/a/42177link (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=e5caa7a3c2&e=46b9d57ae1) from Canadian Gardening.

And here is a Golden Globe-nominated epic that takes you through the crop's life from start to finish. Popcorn and a gardening movie, honey?

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Happy growing, everyone.

Adrick

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Garden Opening This Weekend!

Hello fellow gardeners,

Now is a great time to start planting your garden beds, and what better way to ring in the growing season than with a weekend Garden Opening.

GARDEN OPENING

The official garden opening for the Hastings North garden is this Saturday, April 2nd from 1pm to 3pm.

Joining us this year will be local sweethearts Figaro's Garden (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=8735a09633&e=46b9d57ae1) . They'll bring seeds, starts and bulbs to sell, and answer all your gardening questions.

Meanwhile, we'll set up a paint station for gardeners to decorate their own garden bed placards, and we'll have maps and registration info for new gardeners unsure where they're beds are.

This is a great time to meet your neighbours and to plant your first seeds. It's also an opportunity for those wishing to pay their Annual Garden Fee by cash or cheque to do so!

GARDEN REGISTRATION

The Garden Opening is our final deadline for registration and payment for 2016. Click here to REGISTER AND PAY FOR YOUR HASTINGS COMMUNITY GARDEN MEMBERSHIP 2016 (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=de5f04f201&e=46b9d57ae1) . The fee for the upcoming year is $15 per bed.

If we have not received your registration or payment by April 2nd we will move your beds along to another gardener on our wait list.

COMPOST

There is now a large delivery of compost for you to make use of from our friends at Net Zero Waste (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=4faa8d39f5&e=46b9d57ae1) . This is pretty much the caviar of the compost world––have at it, but make sure there's enough for everyone.

WATER

Water is on and hoses are out! The central ON/OFF control for all hoses is located near the southeast corner of the garden. Please make sure the water is turned OFF before you leave!

If you discover a leaky hose or broken nozzle, please email me immediately so we can get the issue solved pronto.

SHED COMBO LOCK

The combination for the lock on the shed is 000. Please make sure to lock the shed when you're done using the buckets and shovels.

GARDEN TIPS: PREPPING YOUR BEDS

Here is a simple play-by-play of how to get your beds ready for spring planting:

  1. Clear off any leftover mulch and/or dead plant material and put in the compost.
  2. Use a shovel to turn the dirt: this helps prevents compaction.
  3. Add a bucket or two of compost and stir into the top layer of dirt.
  4. Plant your seeds or starts. Popsicle sticks are a good way to mark where you've hidden those seeds so you don't dig them up accidentally.
  5. Lightly water to kick-start germination.

    Be sure to check out the ** Garden Bed Allocation table (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=cfaf0283f3&e=46b9d57ae1) to confirm your bed numbers for 2016, as there were a few errors in the January version. Any questions or concerns, let me know.

Hope to see you all this Saturday!

Adrick

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Get Going at the Hastings North Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

Spring seems to have arrived, and while the rest of the country shovels snow from their driveways, we get to turn our attention to growing food and flowers!

Here are a few important notices for March:

GARDEN OPENING

The official garden opening for the Hastings North Garden is Saturday, April 2nd from 1pm to 3pm. Mark the date in your calendar, as this is sure to be a fun and informative event!

Joining us this year will be local sweethearts Figaro's Garden (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=2713e8ac0c&e=46b9d57ae1) . They'll bring seeds, starts and bulbs to sell, and answer all your gardening questions. Hmmm, what kind of beets should I grow––Detroit Dark? Crosby's Egyptian? Early Wonder? So many options to choose from!

Meanwhile, we'll set up a paint station for gardeners to decorate their own garden bed placards, and we'll have maps and registration info for new gardeners unsure where they're beds are.

This is a great time to meet your neighbours and to plant your first seeds. It's also an opportunity for those wishing to pay their Annual Garden Fee by cash or cheque to do so!

GARDEN REGISTRATION

We have streamlined the sign-up and payment process for 2016 with a new Garden App. Click here to REGISTER AND PAY FOR YOUR HASTINGS NORTH COMMUNITY GARDEN MEMBERSHIP 2016 (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=cc29f3bac5&e=46b9d57ae1) . The fee for the upcoming year is $15 per bed.

In order to secure your place in the garden, you must register and pay for your beds by APRIL 2nd. Otherwise we will move your beds along to another gardener on our wait list.

**As always, returning gardeners will hold onto the same beds they gardened in 2015.

LEAVING THE GARDEN?

If you will not be returning to the garden for 2016, please let me know so that I can pass along your beds to a new gardener.

COMPOST DELIVERY

We'll be delivering a load of organic compost for you to add to your beds to improve the soil nutrition and invigorate your plants. This particular blend is made with Vancouver's food scraps by Net Zero Waste (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=c195e42fb3&e=46b9d57ae1) ––totally delicious stuff.

The compost will arrive in the second half of March, in advance of the Garden Opening. Plan on adding a few buckets before you plant your seeds and starts (if you can bear to wait!). I'll post a notice on the Facebook Group (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=bad27010b2&e=46b9d57ae1) when it's arrived.

TOOL SHED COMBO

As a reminder, the combination on the lock to access the shed is 000. Real simple! Please treat the tools nicely, and be sure to lock the shed when you're finished.

GARDEN TIPS: STARTING SEEDS INDOORS

Here is a video (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=fccadac5e2&e=46b9d57ae1) from GrowVeg on how to grow your own starts inside.

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Hope to see you all at the Garden Opening!

Adrick

Garden Manager garden@shiftinggrowth.com shiftinggrowth.com

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2016 at the Hastings North Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

It's a new year at the Hastings North Community Garden. Spring is just around the corner––albeit a very grey, rainy corner––and that means it's time to turn our attention to the business of gardening.

Here are a few very important updates and notices for the upcoming growing season:

EARLY REGISTRATION

Returning gardeners are encouraged to complete their Gardener Registration and pay their Garden Fee for 2016. The fee for the upcoming year is $15 per bed.

We have streamlined the sign-up and payment process with a new Garden App. Click here to REGISTER AND PAY FOR YOUR HASTINGS NORTH GARDEN MEMBERSHIP 2016 (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=cd029020ff&e=46b9d57ae1) . (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=81e3ea2fe0&e=46b9d57ae1)

**As always, returning gardeners will hold onto the same beds they gardened in 2015. If you are unsure what beds belong to you, have a look at the most recent garden bed allocation list at the bottom of this email.

LEAVING THE GARDEN?

There is a lot of interest in growing space at the Hastings garden, and the wait list is only getting longer! If you will not be returning to the garden for 2016, please let me know so that I can pass along your beds to a new gardener.

GARDEN OPENING 2016

The garden is open year-round, but our official Garden Opening event will take place on the first or second weekend of April. This event is a fun one and not to be missed. We'll have a fresh delivery of compost for you to mix into your beds for added soil nutrition, as well as art supplies for beautifying your bed placards.

Similar to last year, we will have a local partner with us selling seeds and starts, and answering questions about what to grow when.

**The Garden Opening also serves as the final deadline for Garden Registration and Payment.

If we haven't received your online form and payment by this time, your beds will be offered to a new gardener. If you wish to pay your Gardener Fees with cash or cheque, the Opening is a great time to deliver this method of payment!

GARDEN TIPS: PLANNING YOUR BEDS

One of the funnest parts of gardening is deciding what to plant, where to plant it, and when to put your seeds in the soil.

Here are some basic considerations when planning your beds:

1) Choose your seeds: what kinds of vegetables, leafy greens and herbs are you most excited about eating?

2) Group your seeds into 'families'. Crop rotation can get really complicated, but its basis is a principle that's easy to incorporate into your plans. In simple terms, it's wise to not plant the same type of plant (kale, for instance) in the same place in your garden, season after season. This leeches nutrients from the soil and leaves you susceptible to diseases.

3) Check out the handy West Coast Seeds chart (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=8c99276cb2&e=46b9d57ae1) to determine when your favourite veggies and herbs should be planted.

4) Plan for a consistent harvest: in one bed, for instance, you might plant spinach and corn salad (cold-hardy plants) in March, harvest in late May, and then plant squash and tomatoes for June (warmer weather plants).

5) Map it out! Below is an example of how you can organize your plantings on paper. Have some fun with it, but remember––you can plan until the cows come home and it still won't turn out perfect in reality!

For a more detailed approach to planning your garden, check out this amazing article (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=01b0a5d027&e=46b9d57ae1) in Abundant City.

As everyone knows, our beautiful community garden is not permanent. We're lucky enough to count on another season at this site, but it's never a guarantee. Let's make the best of this incredible opportunity while we have it!

Adrick

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Holidays At The Hastings Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

Winter has befallen the Hastings Community Garden––frost cloaks the chard leaves, and beneath a layer of crispy mulch, next year's garlic prepares to send up its hardy shoots.

Here are a few notes from the year that was, and some updates on the coming season:

MULCH

It's hard to miss the giant pile of leaves in the middle of the garden: if you haven't yet, please make use of these. A thick layer of leaves on your beds helps insulate your plants and protect the soil from erosion. Plus, digging the leaves into the soil in spring will add great nutrients!

A final reminder to also clean out any green waste (re: dead plants) from your beds to avoid rot.

NEXT YEAR

The registration process for 2016 will be the same as the previous spring, and, as always, returning gardeners will hold onto the same beds. Look for an email early next year with further details.

WE HAVE A WINNER!

It was a tough choice, but we have selected a winning photograph in our First Annual Photo Contest. This photograph was sent to us by Sharyn, a gardener at the Hastings North Community Garden. Here's what the judges had to say:

"Sunflowers tower above a future green thumb, radiating in the warm fall light. How can you not love this image?"

Congratulations to our two runners-up, Angie and Marline, from the Southeast False Creek Community Garden.

And thanks to all those who participated!

Happy Holidays and see you in 2016,

Adrick

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First Frost at the Hastings Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

Fall has been generous to us at the Hastings North 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.

GREEN WASTE

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 black compost bins. We've set up an overflow bin along the western edge of the garden, by the blue SuperSave bin, which can be filled as well.

PUTTING BEDS TO REST

The final stage in putting your beds to rest for the winter is to cover them with mulch. There are large piles of leaves at the garden for you 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.

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 garden@shiftinggrowth.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 of plant matter and nicely mulched. There's really 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-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=ae5f37ee88&e=46b9d57ae1) from one of my favourite food blogs.

Happy Halloween,

Adrick

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Beds to Rest at the Hastings Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

Fall is officially here, and plants are slowing down at the Hastings North Community Garden. It's time to pull up our yellowed tomato vines and cover the soil with mulch for the winter.

Here are a few garden updates for October:

FIRST ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST

We're looking for your photos from the garden! Got a nice shot of your kale plants, blowing in the wind? Sunflowers? Lettuce? The salad you made with that lettuce? To enter the contest, please send your top pic (only one per gardener, please) to garden@shiftinggrowth.com before November 1st.

The winning photo will be featured on our website, and the winner will get their beds for free for the 2016 growing season.

HARVEST

Despite the chilly weather, there is still good food to harvest from the beds at the garden. Remember to pluck those last tomatoes, that last cucumber, before it's too late. We also want to avoid rotting vegetables in the beds; this tends to attract vermin of the pointy-nosed, pink-tailed variety.

GREEN WASTE

In preparation for winter, we ask that everyone do their part in clearing all dead plant matter from the beds before November 1st. Green waste goes in the black compost bins. If one bin is full, please put your green waste in a bin that is not full. We will also have an extra green waste box set up by the blue Organics dumpster in the northwest corner of the garden for overflow.

PUTTING BEDS TO REST

The final stage in putting your beds to rest for the winter is to cover them with mulch. We will provide leaves for this purpose by the middle of October. We ask that you put leaves on your own bed, and do so before we shut off the water at the end of this month. 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 Garden Tips for a run-down of the process.

NEXT YEAR

To clear up any lingering confusion: your bed allocation WILL NOT CHANGE for 2016. The only action required of you to secure your place in the garden for the upcoming year is to sign off on the Gardener Agreement and pay your 2016 fee come April, 2016.

If you already know that you will not be returning to the garden next year, please let me know in an email.

GROWING TIPS: PREPARING YOUR BEDS FOR WINTER

The goal with winter preparation is to protect your plants, and, more importantly, your soil, from the damage of winter weather. In BC, months of continuous rain can erode and compress your soil, washing out valuable nutrients and turning it acidic. Good winter preparation will help keep your soil in condition, add several weeks of growth to your garden in the late fall and early spring, and suppress weeds.

Here are a few simple steps:

  1. Remove diseased plants or plant parts (like powdery mildew).
  2. Thin your winter sprouts out (like carrots, radishes, beets).
  3. Remove any plants that have stopped producing (such as corn, zucchini, tomatoes, beans).
  4. Add some organic matter (like compost or manure, which can be purchased from any garden or hardware store).
  5. Cover your beds (with a wholesome layer of leaves, which we'll be providing).

This info is a condensed version of a great post from the Abundant City blog. Check out the full version here (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=683f0cd386&e=46b9d57ae1) .

Happy Thanksgiving,

Adrick

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Autumn at the Hastings Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

Fall is closing in on us, despite the feeling that summer will go on forever. The days are getting shorter, the sun is a little less smouldering, and there's a nip to the air at night that presages frost. In short, harvest time is here.

Here are a few garden updates for September:

WATER RESTRICTIONS

Metro Vancouver is still experiencing drought conditions, so Stage 3 water restrictions are still in place. We are (hopefully) due for some autumn rain, but in the mean time, let's continue to be conservative with our water use at the garden. Any leaking hoses or busted nozzles, don't hesitate to get in touch with me ASAP.

FALL CROPS

If you're new to the garden, or have just cleared up space in your beds, there are still a few options for late-summer/early fall crops. Two delicious options with the quickest turn-around are radishes and corn salad (also known as mache) which can be direct-seeded. Endives (or radicchio) can also be direct-seeded in September. It's still a little early for garlic, which is an over-winter crop, but you can certainly start reserving space in your beds for bulbs. Figaro's Garden (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=dfdf4a42f2&e=46b9d57ae1) sells excellent organic garlic stock, and you can also buy heads directly from a farmers' market.

FALL SCHEDULE

We will be providing mulch (likely leaves) around the middle of October for you to use to cover your beds in preparation for winter. The first frost in Vancouver is slated for November 5th, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac, so we will be packing up the hoses and shutting off the water around this time to avoid frozen pipes.

As always, the garden remains open year-round for those gardeners wishing to tend their crops through the winter.

HARVEST

It may seem self-evident, but don't forget to pick the food you've grown! Each fall we witness a lot of unpicked beds; if you can't keep up with your harvest, why not give some veggies to a friend or neighbour? The Facebook group is an excellent place to let other gardeners know that you have a surplus of food you wish to share.

COVER CROP EVENT

The Vancouver Urban Farming Society is hosting a cover cropping workshop on Wednesday, September 9th in Mount Pleasant, starting at 4:30pm. If you're interested, check out their website (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=a7d67c1031&e=46b9d57ae1) .

GROWING TIPS: SEED SAVING

Now is a great time to think about harvesting seeds from your plants to store over winter and plant again in the spring. Here's a great website (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=e123319821&e=46b9d57ae1) that offers a basic how-to for a bunch of different vegetable plants. Tomatoes, however, may be the most fun––check out this video! http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=d25998c3c0&e=46b9d57ae1

See you in sweaters,

Adrick

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Heat Wave at the Hastings Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

Despite the heat, plants at the Hastings Garden are looking bountiful and alive––tomatoes, basil, corn, kale... all thriving!

Here are a few garden updates for August:

WATER RESTRICTIONS

As you are all aware, we've entered Stage 3 water restrictions for the City of Vancouver. The watering of lawns is prohibited, but we're still able to water our vegetable gardens, so a bit of a break there. That said, let's continue to be conservative with our watering (no more than 3 waterings a week, which should be ample), and to report any busted nozzles or leaking hoses, so that I can address the issue ASAP.

Fingers crossed that the city doesn't bump us into Stage 4 restrictions, which ban the watering of vegetable gardens outright. Eep!

NO SMOKING AT THE GARDEN

There are new no smoking signs at the garden. I ask that you all help out by observing this rule, as well as informing any visitors to the garden that the fire risks are simply too high to have lit cigarettes on site with all that dry wood chip.

WEEDS

Keeping up with the weeds at the garden is an ongoing (losing) battle. I'm asking you to help out by yanking anything that's growing up through the liner and wood chip in the immediate vicinity of your beds. These pesky plants can be composted. Cheers.

GROWING TIPS: GARLIC HARVEST

If you haven't yet yanked your garlic, or if you want to learn about garlic harvesting for next year, here's a great video:

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And if you're interested, check out this summer update from ** West Coast Seeds (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=55ecfb41f8&e=46b9d57ae1) on gardening in an El Nino year.

Adrick

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