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

Garden Manager garden@shiftinggrowth.com shiftinggrowth.com

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