Hastings Garden Opening -- Save the Date

Hello fellow gardeners,

We have set a date for the Garden Opening event and hope you can make it out, rain or shine!

GARDEN OPENING

The garden opening event for the Hastings Garden is scheduled for SUNDAY APRIL 9th, and will run from 1pm to 3pm.

This is a great time to meet your neighbours and to plant your first seeds. We'll have the paint kit out for those interested in creating a personalized name placard for their beds, so remember to wear your 'work' clothes if you can!

We encourage everyone to arrive with their seeds and starts––our pals at Figaro's Garden will not be joining us this year to sell products on site. However, all Hastings Gardeners are welcome to a 10% discount in store, if you care to pop over to their Victoria Drive location.

The Opening is also an opportunity for those wishing to pay their Annual Garden Fee by cash or cheque to do so, and it serves as the deadline for your 2017 registration fee. Please have your payment in to us by the 9th!

GARDEN REGISTRATION & PAYMENT

On that note, here is a link to our online registration and payment page. Click here to REGISTER AND PAY FOR YOUR HASTINGS NORTH COMMUNITY GARDEN MEMBERSHIP 2017. The fee for the upcoming year is $15 per bed.

As always, returning gardeners will hold onto the same beds they gardened in 2016.

COMPOST DELIVERY

We will be receiving a delivery of fresh, organic compost at the start of the coming week. Once the compost is there on site, you're free to make use of it. We recommend gardeners apply a bucketful to each bed before planting. Please be considerate with how much compost you use––we want to make sure everyone gets their fair share.

BASIC GARDEN INFO

This will be old news to most, but here's a refresher on the day-to-day function of the garden.

1. The garden is open 24/7!

2. There are tools and buckets in the garden shed for you to make use of. The combo on the lock is 000. Please hose off tools and buckets before returning them to the shed.

3. We'll have the watering system hooked up no later than the Garden Opening. The On/Off valve for the hoses is located in the southeast corner of the garden, in a cedar box labeled WATER. Please make sure to turn this valve OFF before leaving the garden!

4. Please get in touch with us about any garden-related concerns (such as leaky hoses, busted nozzles, theft, vandalism, or garbage). You can reach me at garden@shiftinggrowth.com. For emergencies, please call or text.

LEAVING THE GARDEN?

If you will not be returning to the garden for 2017, please let me know so that I can pass along your beds to a new gardener. To pass along your beds and unsubscribe from our email list, CLICK HERE!

GARDEN TIPS: GROWING STUFF, HOW DOES IT WORK?

For those looking for something deeper, here's a very helpful guide to companion planting, broken down by flower/vegetable. This approach to gardening is age-old and very intuitive and totally worth a bit of research––you could save yourself majorly come June, when the aphids start to descend and BOOM, your nasturtiums are blooming in defense.

See you at the Opening!