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:
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.
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,
Garden Manager firstname.lastname@example.org shiftinggrowth.com
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