April Showers Brings May Flowers

Hello fellow gardeners,

April has indeed been a wet one, and here's hoping May will provide a bit more sun! Beds at the Southeast False Creek Community Garden are starting to show off the best of spring: overwintered garlic and kale, new spinach, arugula, leek, peas, strawberries. This month is a good one to turn your attention to warmer-season vegetables like cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, lettuce, chard, and tomatoes (which technically are fruits, I guess).

Here are a few garden updates for May:

PAINT YOUR GARDEN SIGNS

I'll be in the garden Tuesday, May 12th (from 3:30 to 5:30PM) with paint, cedar placards and a drill. If you're a new gardener (and there are quite a few -- so welcome!) this is a good opportunity to make your personalized name sign.

COMPOST

For those who haven't made use of the compost (our newer gardeners, especially), be sure to add some to your beds before you plant your seeds and starts. The compost is located in two wooden boxes at the east end of the garden.

TOOL SHED

As a reminder, the combination for the lock on the tool shed is 604. Inside the shed you will find a shovel, buckets, hand tools and more. Let's try and keep the shed tidy; please hose off muddy tools before returning them.

HARVEST

Another friendly reminder for the gardeners with kale in their plots (that we planted last fall) to harvest your leaves. We hate to see good produce going to waste: if you're not interested in eating it, why not offer it to a neighbour?

GROWING TIPS

Check out this West Coast Seeds blogpost, Seeds to Plant in May (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=210e420633&e=9fd445186b) . (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=0986574918&e=9fd445186b)

And speaking of tomatoes, here's a very informative video:

** (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=b23eaabd0c&e=9fd445186b) A video about growing tomatoes.

Enjoy those first home-grown salads!

Adrick

Garden Manager garden@shiftinggrowth.com shiftinggrowth.com

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