Hello fellow gardeners,
It is hot out there! And while some vegetables and flowers struggle through the heat, well watered beds are bursting with colour and bounty: tomatoes, gourds, beans, kale, lettuces. We hope the harvest is filling the fridge!
Here are a few VERY IMPORTANT garden updates for August:
As most of you are aware, the property that the Southeast False Creek Temporary Community Garden calls home is slated to be developed intohousing. Construction on this new project will begin in early 2018, which means that this current growing season (2017) will be our final one.
The garden will close permanently on November 15, 2017.
We hope that this timeline gives you ample opportunity to grow and pick the last of your harvest and to transplant any perennials you wish to hang onto. Anyone wishing to hold onto their garden art (a souvenir, perhaps?) can do so. Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to relocate the beds locally, but we do aim to reuse or upcycle the fleet of garden beds. Your input and ideas on this front are appreciated - let us know your ideas here at our Garden Closing Feedback Form.
We're well into hot, drought-like weather––beautiful beach conditions, but a real strain on our plants and the hose system at large. Keep up the great teamwork on the watering front. It's great to see the Facebook page and Water Me signs being used. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you encounter any leaks or busted nozzles.
And also a reminder that there is no smoking at the garden. We want to minimize our fire risk!
We have activated the first stage of pest control measures to deal with the rat issue at the garden. If you come across one of the little black plastic contraptions close to your bed, please leave it in place. The device contains poisoned bait that attracts the critters in for a taste. Thanks for keeping us informed of ongoing rat-activity. Let's hope this method works.
GARDEN TIPS: HARVESTING AND CURING GARLIC
If you haven't yet picked your garlic (or if you have, and are in the early stages of 'curing' and storing), here's a quick video that offers some basic tips on how it's done.