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:


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.


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.


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 ( , and another concise article from the Vancouver Observer ( . (

Let's hope for a little more rain,


Garden Manager

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