Last July at the Hastings Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

The full glory of summer is upon us: endless sun, endless vegetables. Hope you're keeping up with the harvest!

Here are a few very important updates:

GARDEN CLOSING

In case you missed the email-out from earlier this month, here are the details:

As most of you are aware, the property that the Hastings North Temporary Community Garden calls home is slated to be developed by Hastings Sunrise Development into rental-based housing. Construction on this new project will begin in early 2018, which means that this current growing season (2017) will be our final one. 

The garden will close permanently on November 15, 2017.

FEEDBACK FORM

We hope that this timeline gives you ample opportunity to grow and pick the last of your harvest and to transplant any perennials you wish to hang onto. Anyone wishing to hold onto their garden art (a souvenir, perhaps?) can do so. Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to relocate the beds locally, but we do aim to reuse or upcycle the fleet of garden beds. Your input and ideas on this front are appreciated - let us know your ideas here at our Garden Closing Feedback Form.

WATER

That said, there's still plenty of growing to get done! 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. There is 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 (if or when one of them breaks.)

And please, keep letting us know (through email or phone) when there's a water-related issue at the garden.

GROWING TIPS: EPIC TOMATOES + A POPSICLE RECIPE

Tomato plants are one of the highest yielding crops in the garden––here are three tricks to getting that yield even higher.

1. Cut back extra leaves. Thinning excess foliage will open up better air flow for eventual fruit, as well as concentrate the plant's energy toward flower (and fruit) production. I thin my vine variety tomatoes two to three times in a growing season.

2. Remove suckers. These are the shoot-like growths that emerge from the 'joints' of each branch (where the horizontal branch meets the vertical stalk). Cutting off suckers sends your plant's energy into the 'leader' (the topmost new growth) as well as fruit production. I remove suckers once a week during peak growing times like now.

3. Pollination assistance. Here's a technique I hadn't thought of, brought to you by one of my favourite Youtube gardeners.

 

 

More good stuff from the Michigan Gardener.

And finally, because it's so darn hot out: honeydew and mint popsicles.