Southeast False Creek Opening is April 23rd

Hello fellow gardeners,

We have set a date for the Garden Opening event and hope you can make it out, rain or shine!

GARDEN OPENING

The garden opening event for the Southeast False Creek Garden is scheduled for SUNDAY APRIL 23rd, and will run from 2pm to 4pm.

This is a great time to meet your neighbours and to plant your first seeds (if you haven't already). We'll have the paint kit out for those interested in creating a personalized name placard for their beds, so remember to wear your 'work' clothes if you can!

We encourage everyone to arrive with their seeds and starts––our pals at Figaro's Garden will not be joining us this year to sell products on site. However, all Gardeners are welcome to a 10% discount in store, if you care to pop over to their Victoria Drive location.

The Opening is also an opportunity for those wishing to pay their Annual Garden Fee by cash or cheque to do so, and it serves as the deadline for your 2017 registration fee. Please have your payment in to us by the 23rd!

GARDEN REGISTRATION & PAYMENT

On that note, here is a link to our online registration and payment page. Click here to REGISTER AND PAY FOR YOUR SOUTHEAST FALSE CREEK COMMUNITY GARDEN MEMBERSHIP 2017. The fee for the upcoming year is $15 per bed.

As always, returning gardeners will hold onto the same beds they gardened in 2016.

COMPOST DELIVERY

We will be receiving a delivery of fresh, organic compost at the start of the coming week (April 3rd). Once the compost is there on site, you're free to make use of it, and we encourage you to do so in advance of the Opening. We recommend gardeners apply a bucketful to each bed before planting. Please be considerate with how much compost you use––we want to make sure everyone gets their fair share.

BASIC GARDEN INFO

This will be old news to most, but here's a refresher on the day-to-day function of the garden.

1. The garden is open dawn to dusk.

2. There are tools and buckets in the garden shed for you to make use of. Please hose off tools and buckets before returning them to the shed.

3. We'll have the watering system hooked up by mid-April. The On/Off valve for the water is located on the east side of the garden shed. Please make sure to turn this valve OFF before leaving the garden!

4. Please get in touch with us about any garden-related concerns (such as leaky hoses, busted nozzles, theft, vandalism, or garbage). You can reach me at garden@shiftinggrowth.com. For emergencies, please call or text.

LEAVING THE GARDEN?

If you will not be returning to the garden for 2017, please let me know so that I can pass along your beds to a new gardener. To pass along your beds and unsubscribe from our email list, CLICK HERE!

GARDEN TIPS: GROWING STUFF, HOW DOES IT WORK?

Anyone with kids will appreciate this simple, informative video on how plants grow from seeds....who knows, maybe even the adults learn something unexpected from Jessi and Squeaks (I did, I'm only somewhat embarrassed to admit).

For those looking for something deeper, here's a very helpful guide to companion planting, broken down by flower/vegetable. This approach to gardening is age-old and very intuitive and totally worth a bit of research––you could save yourself majorly come June, when the aphids start to descend and BOOM, your nasturtiums are blooming in defense.