Salad Weather at the Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

Seedlings are officially growing in the Hastings Garden, thanks to warm(ish) weather and steady rain. Here are a few important updates and reminders for the growing season:


There have been some lingering questions about where to find buckets and hand tools. These things are located in the cedar garden 'shed' in the middle of the garden. The combo is 000. Please hose off these items before placing them back in the shed.


Water for the hoses is controlled by an On/Off lever located on the southeastern end of the garden. Please make sure to turn the main switch Off when you're leaving.


Plant-based organic waste can be placed in the black bins. Please refrain from putting soil in there: we remove all the compost by hand and when it gets too heavy it becomes an issue for us. Thanks!


I have a few beds still available if anyone would like to add extras to their fleet or pass along the word to a neighbour, friend or family member.


Community garden theft is an unfortunate and unavoidable reality to all community gardens, and it is likely to be no different at our garden this season. Please let me know if any of your crop has been harvested by an unwanted harvester. If anyone happens to encounter said harvester in the act of harvesting, a bit of education often goes a long way; not everyone grasps the idea that the garden is not a 'free' garden for public consumption.

That said, here are a few tips to consider for what to plant to avoid pilfering:

1. Greens (like lettuces, kale, spinach, etc) tend to get passed over because they not easily 'plucked' the same way a tomato might be.
2. Underground veg (carrots, radishes, beets) are great because the good stuff is hidden in the soil.
3. Herbs!
4. Big leafy veg like chard, bok choy, and collards.
5. Shiny, colourful fruit and veg (peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, etc) make for easy targets.

This is general advice and nothing to fuss too much over. The best compass is often closest to the heart (or stomach): plant what you love to eat!

And finally: it's salad season. I found this mouthwatering recipe slideshow to be very inspiring. Hopefully you can make use of your garden bounty in an interesting and vogue way.