2016 at the South Capilano Community Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

It's a new year at the South Capilano 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 SOUTH CAPILANO COMMUNITY GARDEN MEMBERSHIP 2016 (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=c5376bd10d&e=d9ff0904a9) .

**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?

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-manage1.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=d54f5362b3&e=d9ff0904a9) 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-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=6dd84ab008&e=d9ff0904a9) 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 South Capilano Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

Winter has befallen the South Capilano 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:

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.

BEDS TO REST

A final reminder to clean out any green waste (re: dead plants) from your beds to avoid rot. Green waste goes in the black bins or wooden box in the northwest corner of the garden.

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.

Thanks to all those who participated!

Happy Holidays and see you in 2016,

Adrick

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First Frost at the South Capilano Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

Fall has been generous to us at the South Capilano 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 coming 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 in the northwest corner of the garden.

PUTTING BEDS TO REST

The final stage in putting your beds to rest for the winter is to cover them with mulch. This year we're encouraging you to make use of the leaves right there at the garden: they are plentiful, nutrient-rich, and totally convenient. A couple big armfuls will do the trick. 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-manage2.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=9e30ccc1de&e=d9ff0904a9) from one of my favourite food blogs.

Happy Halloween,

Adrick

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Beds to Rest at the South Capilano Community Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

Fall is officially here, and plants are slowing down at the South Capilano 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:

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.

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.

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. October always has a lot of green waste, so we'll be by the garden more often to empty the compost.

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-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=62bc6ef0a4&e=d9ff0904a9) .

Happy Thanksgiving,

Adrick

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Autumn at the South Capilano 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-manage2.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=1592e3f740&e=d9ff0904a9) 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?

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-manage1.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=82fe2fc9f1&e=d9ff0904a9) .

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-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=7a5f7061fd&e=d9ff0904a9) 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=44fabb403d&e=d9ff0904a9

See you in sweaters,

Adrick

Garden Manager garden@shiftinggrowth.com shiftinggrowth.com

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Heat Wave at the South Capilano Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

Despite the heat, plants at the South Capilano Garden are looking bountiful and alive––tomatoes, basil, sunflowers, 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

Due to the fire hazards, the garden will be a No Smoking zone for the rest of the summer. 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:

http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=358ab04601&e=d9ff0904a9

And if you're interested, check out this summer update from ** West Coast Seeds (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=47a7bef59d&e=d9ff0904a9) on gardening in an El Nino year.

Adrick

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Summer at the South Capilano Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

These long, hot days are both a blessing and a curse at the South Capilano Garden: boxes are bursting with life, but it can be a slog just to keep those boxes watered.

Here are a few garden updates for July:

FIRE ALERT

This heat is taking a toll on the plants, but it's also creating a fire risk at the garden. A cigarette butt was discarded in/near the shed last week and caused a small fire. Going forward, we're going to ask that the garden be a non-smoking environment (for both gardeners and visitors to the garden). We'll get some signs up around the picnic table area, and I'll ask that everyone lend a hand in reminding anyone who might be smoking to do so elsewhere, off site. If, heaven forbid, there is another instance of a fire, please get in touch with me immediately.

WATERING

We're well into the hot stretch and this means the beds get dried out very quickly. Make sure to give your plants a good dousing of water (ideally in the cooler 'shoulder' hours of the day), three to four times a week. If you'll be out of town, I'd recommend posting a sign on the shed board asking for watering favours.

GROWING TIPS: FALL & WINTER CROPS

It may seem bizarre to start thinking about the cooler months, but now is a great time to create some space in your beds for fall and winter crops (like carrots, beets, onions, broccoli, and cabbage). Check out this great resource from West Coast Seeds (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=806cff6766&e=d9ff0904a9) , and another concise article from the Vancouver Observer (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=2f138f6879&e=d9ff0904a9) . (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=42e9690d7f&e=d9ff0904a9)

Let's hope for a little more rain,

Adrick

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South Capilano Garden Opening Tomorrow!

Hello fellow gardeners,

This is a reminder that the Opening Event for the South Capilano Temporary Community Garden will take place tomorrow, Friday, March 27th, from 4pm to 6pm!

For the event, we will be setting up the water, tidying the site, bringing in some manure, and collecting 2015 Garden Fees from those gardeners who have requested to pay with cash or cheque.

2015 GARDEN REGISTRATION AND FEE

We've reached the deadline for viewing the Gardener Agreement and paying the 2015 Annual Fee.

To garden this year, you must complete the registration and pay your fees on our website: http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=da47f42b89&e=d9ff0904a9. If you prefer to pay with CASH OR CHEQUE, you can do so tomorrow, at the event.

Please also let us know (in an email) if you no longer want your plots, so that we can pass them along to another gardener.

GARDEN PLOTS

If you are a returning gardener, your bed allocation HAS NOT CHANGED.

An updated map and garden list will be posted to the South Capilano Garden webpage once we have a better sense of the plot vacancies. You can visit the page (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=3f971adcf1&e=d9ff0904a9) to check out the new South Capilano Garden News Blog , where updates like this will be posted.

The weather report calls for rain tomorrow. Bring your gum boots!

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South Capilano Garden - Spring Update

Hello fellow gardeners!

Spring is upon us, and this means it's time to start prepping our beds for growing at the South Capilano Temporary Community Garden.

GARDEN OPENING

Our official Garden Opening is scheduled for Friday, March 27th, from 4 to 6 PM.

We will be at the garden with organic compost for you to add to your beds, as well as all the supplies you need for indoor seed-starting. The compost won't last forever, so be sure to come out!

It's still a little early to plant most flowers and vegetables, but you can get a head start by tilling your soil, mixing in or removing the straw, and adding whatever additional fertilizers, worms or soil supplements you like. Figaro's Garden (at 1896 Victoria Drive) offers a 20% discount to community garden members on everything in their store except seeds. 

This is also a good time to get your cheques to me if you have requested to pay your 2015 Garden Fees this way.

NEW ONLINE SIGNUP

As a reminder, to secure your place in the garden, fees and agreements are due before the first day of spring (March 21st) –– for new and returning gardeners.

 

Complete the Garden Registration and Pay your Annual Fee
*** your Gardener Fee is $15 per bed, for all of 2015 ***


WATER

With the last frost date set for the end of March, we don't want to risk freeze damage by turning on the water too soon. We will be setting up the hoses and turning on the water on the day of the Garden Opening: March 27th.

If you haven't checked it out already, here is a great video about soil from Victory Gardens!

If you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached at garden@shiftinggrowth.com.

Happy Spring!

Adrick

Garden Manager
shiftinggrowth.com

South Capilano Community Garden - Signup 2015

Hello fellow gardeners!
 
Welcome to the 2015 growing season. If you are receiving this email you have already been assigned a garden bed/beds at the South Capilano Temporary Community Garden.

It's a bit of a change, but Shifting Growth will be taking over the administrative responsibilities for the South Capilano Garden this year. We have launched a new website with an easy-to-use garden registration and payment page. We hope you'll join us again in making this season a bountiful one.
 
NEW ONLINE SIGNUP - CLICK HERE 

          Complete the Garden Registration and Pay your Annual Fee
              *** your Gardener Fee is $15 per bed, for all of 2015 ***
 
To secure your place in the garden, fees and agreements are due before the first day of spring (March 21st) –– for new and returning gardeners.
 
GARDEN BED ALLOCATION

        - 2015 Garden Bed Map: South Capilano
        - 2015 Garden Bed Allocation: South Capilano

GARDEN OPENING & GROWING TIPS
 
We kick off the 2015 season with a garden clean-up party in March (date TBA) to remove straw, spread fertilizer and prep the beds for the growing season. The official garden opening event for this year is scheduled for April (date TBA), when your earliest seeds should go in the ground (see 2015 growing calendar). 
 
Here are some gardening resources to get you thinking about what you want to grow this year:
 
       1)
A 2015 growing calendar (when to plant what)
       2)
A 2015 garden and seed catalogue
       3)
Beginner gardening and growing tips VIDEOS
 
***Make sure to secure your spot in the garden by viewing the Agreement and paying your Gardener Fees –– CLICK HERE.***
 
If you are not interested in growing this year, or have any questions or concerns about your bed allocation, feel free to contact me at garden@shiftinggrowth.com.



Adrick Brock
Garden Manager
Shifting Growth
www.shiftinggrowth.com