Summer at the Southeast False Creek Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

These long, hot days are both a blessing and a curse at the Southeast False Creek Community 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. We've had some fire scares at another garden from discarded cigarette butts in the dry wood chip. 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 soon, 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 an 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, or posting virtually on the FB page.

HOSES & NOZZLES

We're starting to see some wear and tear on the hoses and nozzles. Please continue to let me know (through email, or, in the case of an emergency, text or phone call) about these issues, and we'll fix them as they come up. We're working on lowering the water pressure in the system, which has a tendency to bulge the hose where it connects to the nozzle and force the hardware off. If this happens, and you're faced with an open hose end (gushing water), please tie the hose in a knot to halt the flow, and shoot me a quick text message.

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).http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=861fa199ce906ae0ccc9593b6&id=c4da7e7cc7&e=a2801bf3c2Check out this great resource from West Coast Seeds (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=f80bd5b830&e=9fd445186b) , and another concise article from the Vancouver Observer (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=abb7dfff62&e=9fd445186b) . (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=636cac0917&e=9fd445186b)

Let's hope for a little more rain,

Adrick

Garden Manager garden@shiftinggrowth.com shiftinggrowth.com

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