Holidays At The Southeast False Creek Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

Winter has befallen the Southeast False Creek Community Garden––frost cloaks the chard leaves, and beneath a layer of crispy mulch, next year's garlic prepares to send up its hardy shoots.

Here are a few notes from the year that was, and some updates on the coming season:

NEXT YEAR

The registration process for 2016 will be the same as the previous spring, and, as always, returning gardeners will hold onto the same beds. Look for an email early next year with further details.

BEDS TO REST

A final reminder to clean out any green waste (re: dead plants) from your beds to avoid rot. Green waste goes in the black bins or wooden box at the eastern edge of the garden.

WE HAVE A WINNER!

It was a tough choice, but we have selected a winning photograph in our First Annual Photo Contest. This photograph was sent to us by Sharyn, a gardener at the Hastings North Community Garden. Here's what the judges had to say:

"Sunflowers tower above a future green thumb, radiating in the warm fall light. How can you not love this image?"

Congratulations to our two runners-up, Angie and Marline, from the Southeast False Creek Community Garden.

Thanks to all those who participated!

Happy Holidays and see you in 2016,

Adrick

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First Frost at the Southeast False Creek Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

Fall has been generous to us at the Southeast False Creek Community Garden––plenty of sun, warm days, and rain when it counts. We're still seeing production from plants that went into the ground over six months ago. I, for one, haven't bought kale from a grocery store since February. I have grown a bit tired of kale salad, but hey, the gardener taketh what the garden giveth away.

Here are a few garden updates for November:

WATER SHUT OFF

We will be shutting off water at the garden and removing the hoses this week to avoid freezing damage over the winter. We'll start the water up again in spring, after the final frost.

GREEN WASTE

If you have dead/withered plants in your beds, it's time to pull them up in preparation for winter. Green waste goes in the black compost bins in the southeast corner of the garden. We've set up an overflow bin as well, which you are encouraged to fill.

PUTTING BEDS TO REST

The final stage in putting your beds to rest for the winter is to cover them with mulch. There are large piles of leaves at the garden for you to make use of: we ask that you put leaves on your own bed, and do so as soon as possible. You are welcome to plant a cover crop (like clover) instead of mulching, but even over-winter crops (like kale and garlic) benefit from a good couple inches of mulch. See the photo below for an example of what a 'resting bed' looks like.

PHOTO CONTEST EXTENSION

For anyone who wants to send a photo into the first annual photo contest, we're pushing the deadline back one week, to November 7th. To enter the contest, please send your top pic (only one per gardener, please) to garden@shiftinggrowth.com.

The winning photo will be announced in our December Garden Update, and the winner will get their beds for free for the 2016 growing season.

GROWING TIPS: MULCHING YOUR BEDS

Here's an example of a garden bed that has been cleared of plant matter and nicely mulched. There's really no such thing as too many leaves––go crazy.

And for those suffering from kale fatigue, here's a fresh take on the ** kale salad (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=26385d0a59&e=9fd445186b) from one of my favourite food blogs.

Happy Halloween,

Adrick

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Beds to Rest at the South East False Creek Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

Fall is officially here, and plants are slowing down at the Southeast False Creek Community Garden. It's time to pull up our yellowed tomato vines and cover the soil with mulch for the winter.

Here are a few garden updates for October:

FIRST ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST

We're looking for your photos from the garden! Got a nice shot of your kale plants, blowing in the wind? Sunflowers? Lettuce? The salad you made with that lettuce? To enter the contest, please send your top pic (only one per gardener, please) to garden@shiftinggrowth.com before November 1st.

The winning photo will be featured on our website, and the winner will get their beds for free for the 2016 growing season.

HARVEST

Despite the chilly weather, there is still good food to harvest from the beds at the garden. Remember to pluck those last tomatoes, that last cucumber, before it's too late. We also want to avoid rotting vegetables in the beds; this tends to attract vermin of the pointy-nosed, pink-tailed variety.

GREEN WASTE

In preparation for winter, we ask that everyone do their part in clearing all dead plant matter from the beds before November 1st. Green waste goes in the black compost bins and the wooden box at the southeast corner of the garden. October always has a lot of green waste, so we'll be by the garden more often to empty it. If these are full, pile it up in that area––an email my way would also be appreciated.

PUTTING BEDS TO REST

The final stage in putting your beds to rest for the winter is to cover them with mulch. We will provide leaves for this purpose by the middle of October. We ask that you put leaves on your own bed, and do so before we shut off the water at the end of this month. You are welcome to plant a cover crop (like clover) instead of mulching, but even over-winter crops (like kale and garlic) benefit from a good couple inches of mulch. See Garden Tips for a run-down of the process.

NEXT YEAR

To clear up any lingering confusion: your bed allocation WILL NOT CHANGE for 2016. The only action required of you to secure your place in the garden for the upcoming year is to sign off on the Gardener Agreement and pay your 2016 fee come April, 2016.

If you already know that you will not be returning to the garden next year, please let me know in an email.

GROWING TIPS: PREPARING YOUR BEDS FOR WINTER

The goal with winter preparation is to protect your plants, and, more importantly, your soil, from the damage of winter weather. In BC, months of continuous rain can erode and compress your soil, washing out valuable nutrients and turning it acidic. Good winter preparation will help keep your soil in condition, add several weeks of growth to your garden in the late fall and early spring, and suppress weeds.

Here are a few simple steps:

  1. Remove diseased plants or plant parts (like powdery mildew).
  2. Thin your winter sprouts out (like carrots, radishes, beets).
  3. Remove any plants that have stopped producing (such as corn, zucchini, tomatoes, beans).
  4. Add some organic matter (like compost or manure, which can be purchased from any garden or hardware store).
  5. Cover your beds (with a wholesome layer of leaves, which we'll be providing).

This info is a condensed version of a great post from the Abundant City blog. Check out the full version here (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=7f02ff5a1e&e=9fd445186b) .

Happy Thanksgiving,

Adrick

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Autumn at the South East False Creek Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

Fall is closing in on us, despite the feeling that summer will go on forever. The days are getting shorter, the sun is a little less smouldering, and there's a nip to the air at night that presages frost. In short, harvest time is here.

Here are a few garden updates for September:

WATER RESTRICTIONS

Metro Vancouver is still experiencing drought conditions, so Stage 3 water restrictions are still in place. We are (hopefully) due for some autumn rain, but in the mean time, let's continue to be conservative with our water use at the garden. Any leaking hoses or busted nozzles, don't hesitate to get in touch with me ASAP.

FALL CROPS

If you're new to the garden, or have just cleared up space in your beds, there are still a few options for late-summer/early fall crops. Two delicious options with the quickest turn-around are radishes and corn salad (also known as mache) which can be direct-seeded. Endives (or radicchio) can also be direct-seeded in September. It's still a little early for garlic, which is an over-winter crop, but you can certainly start reserving space in your beds for bulbs. Figaro's Garden (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=6db43b14f9&e=9fd445186b) sells excellent organic garlic stock, and you can also buy heads directly from a farmers' market.

FALL SCHEDULE

We will be providing mulch (likely leaves) around the middle of October for you to use to cover your beds in preparation for winter. The first frost in Vancouver is slated for November 5th, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac, so we will be packing up the hoses and shutting off the water around this time to avoid frozen pipes.

As always, the garden remains open year-round for those gardeners wishing to tend their crops through the winter.

HARVEST

It may seem self-evident, but don't forget to pick the food you've grown! Each fall we witness a lot of unpicked beds; if you can't keep up with your harvest, why not give some veggies to a friend or neighbour? The Facebook group is an excellent place to let other gardeners know that you have a surplus of food you wish to share.

COVER CROP EVENT

The Vancouver Urban Farming Society is hosting a cover cropping workshop on Wednesday, September 9th in Mount Pleasant, starting at 4:30pm. If you're interested, check out their website (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=ce49485801&e=9fd445186b) .

GROWING TIPS: SEED SAVING

Now is a great time to think about harvesting seeds from your plants to store over winter and plant again in the spring. Here's a great website (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=c71dab46bf&e=9fd445186b) that offers a basic how-to for a bunch of different vegetable plants. Tomatoes, however, may be the most fun––check out this video! http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=79c8f59b2f&e=9fd445186b

See you in sweaters,

Adrick

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Heat Wave at the Southeast False Creek Garden

Hello fellow gardeners,

Despite the heat, plants at the Southeast False Creek Community Garden are looking bountiful and alive––tomatoes, basil, corn, kale... all thriving!

Here are a few garden updates for August:

WATER RESTRICTIONS

As you are all aware, we've entered Stage 3 water restrictions for the City of Vancouver. The watering of lawns is prohibited, but we're still able to water our vegetable gardens, so a bit of a break there. That said, let's continue to be conservative with our watering (no more than 3 waterings a week, which should be ample), and to report any busted nozzles or leaking hoses, so that I can address the issue ASAP.

Fingers crossed that the city doesn't bump us into Stage 4 restrictions, which ban the watering of vegetable gardens outright. Eep!

NO SMOKING AT THE GARDEN

As a reminder, there is no smoking on site at the garden. I ask that you all help out by observing this rule, as well as informing any visitors to the garden that the fire risks are simply too high to have lit cigarettes on site with all that dry wood chip.

PETS AT THE GARDEN

Another reminder that dogs ARE allowed at the garden as long as they are leashed and in the control of their owner. Please scoop that poop too!

GROWING TIPS: GARLIC HARVEST

If you haven't yet yanked your garlic, or if you want to learn about garlic harvesting for next year, here's a great video:

http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=ffda97a7e9&e=9fd445186b

And if you're interested, check out this summer update from ** West Coast Seeds (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=a2339e3b3b&e=9fd445186b) on gardening in an El Nino year.

Adrick

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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

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Southeast False Creek Garden - June Update

Hello fellow gardeners,

The bounty has arrived at the Southeast False Creek Community Garden! I for one have started eating salad for breakfast -- it seems like the only way to keep up with all those greens.

Here are a few garden updates for June:

WATERING

We're entering the hot stretch of summer and that means the beds get dried out very quickly. There's no official number, but your plants will probably appreciate a good soaking 3 times a week. Be sure to dig down a bit after watering to check just how much you've saturated the soil. I was speaking with a master gardener recently who said that pests (like aphids) target plants with weak root structures, which is often the result of insufficient watering. It's best to water in the cooler hours (early morning and evening) so you don't scald your plants.

If you'll be heading out of town, I recommend using the Southeast False Creek Garden Facebook page to send out a public request to have other gardeners water your beds. You can also pin a handmade sign to your bed asking for it to be watered, and noting the dates you'll be away.

Here's the link to the FB page: http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=8ac07b182c&e=9fd445186b.

GROWING TIPS: APHIDS

As mentioned, the aphids are here. These little green buddies tend to set up shop in leafy plants like kale and cabbage and nibble away at a plant's new growth. There are many opinions and counter-opinions on how to get rid of aphids, but here are a few of the easier methods:

  1. Crush them with your fingers -- barbaric, but effective.
  2. Use the water pressure from the hose to spray them off your plants. Some people swear by soapy water in a spray bottle.
  3. Encourage insects like ladybugs, which are sworn aphid-eaters.
  4. Plant garlic and onions and chives nearby. These are natural deterrents to the bug.
  5. Plant natural attractants like nasturtium, cosmos and zinnia, which will draw the pests away from your veggies.

    Enjoy the heat!

Adrick

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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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Southeast False Creek Garden Opening This Saturday!

Hello fellow gardeners,

This is a reminder that the Opening Event for the Southeast False Creek Temporary Community Garden will take place this Saturday, March 28th, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

For the event we will be setting up the water, answering questions, and collecting 2015 Garden Fees from those gardeners who have requested to pay with cash or cheque. Victory Gardens will also be joining us to sell organic seeds and starts at-cost, which means a one-stop-shop right there in the garden.

2015 GARDEN REGISTRATION AND FEE

We've reached the deadline for viewing the Gardener Agreement and paying the 2015 Annual Fee.

To garden this year, you must complete the registration and pay your fees on our website: http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=8cdd72a76d&e=9fd445186b. If you prefer to pay with CASH OR CHEQUE, you can do so Saturday, at the event.

Please also let us know (in an email) if you no longer want your plots, so that we can pass them along to another gardener.

GARDEN PLOTS

An updated map and garden list will be posted to the Southeast False Creek Garden webpage once we have a better sense of the plot vacancies. You can visit the page (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=cae9e6f125&e=9fd445186b) to check out the new SEFC Garden News Blog, where updates like this will be posted.

FACEBOOK

If you use Facebook, be sure to join the FB group: Southeast False Creek Community Garden (http://shiftinggrowth.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=764a1db14c3c23e7a865a5214&id=5983aad350&e=9fd445186b) . This will be a good place to communicate with other gardeners and post kale selfies.

The weather report calls for rain this weekend. Bring your gumboots!

Adrick garden@shiftinggrowth.com (mailto:garden@shiftinggrowth.com) shiftinggrowth.com

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Southeast False Creek Community Garden - March Update

Hello fellow gardeners!

Spring is upon us, and this means it's time to start prepping our beds for growing at the Southeast False Creek Temporary Community Garden.

GARDEN OPENING

Our official Garden Opening is scheduled for Saturday, March 28th, from 1 PM to 3 PM.


For the Opening, the lovely ladies from Victory Gardens will be selling seeds and starts at cost, and answering your questions about spring planting, so you can get growing right away. The starts won't last forever, so be sure to come out!

It's still a little early to plant most flowers and vegetables, but you can get a head start by tilling your soil, mixing in or removing the straw, and adding whatever additional fertilizers, worms or soil supplements you like. If you're looking for a good local garden shop, Figaro's Garden (at 1896 Victoria Drive) offers a 20% discount to all community gardeners on everything in their store except seeds.

The opening is also an opportunity for you to get your cheques to me if you have requested to pay your 2015 Garden Fees this way.

ONLINE SIGNUP

As a reminder, to secure your place in the garden, fees and agreements are due before the first day of spring (March 21st) –– for new and returning gardeners.

 

Complete the Garden Registration and Pay your Annual Fee
*** your Gardener Fee is $15 per bed, for all of 2015 ***


WATER

With the last frost date set for the end of March, we don't want to risk freeze damage by turning on the water too soon. We will be setting up the hoses and turning on the water on the day of the Garden Opening: March 28th.

KALE

When we built the garden last Fall, we planted kale starts in a number of beds on the western side of the garden. If your bed happens to have kale growing in it, lucky you! Feel free to harvest and eat! You are of course free to pull up the plants to make room for other vegetables, and we encourage sharing the transplants.

If you haven't checked it out already, here is a great video about soil from Victory Gardens!

 If you have any questions or concerns about registration or bed allocation, I can be reached at garden@shiftinggrowth.com.

Happy Spring!

Adrick

Garden Manager
shiftinggrowth.com

Southeast False Creek Garden - Signup 2015

Hello fellow gardeners!
 
Welcome to the 2015 growing season. If you are receiving this email you have already been assigned a garden bed/beds at the Southeast False Creek Temporary Community Garden.
 
NEW ONLINE SIGNUP - CLICK HERE
 

          Complete the Garden Registration and Pay your Annual Fee
                *** your Gardener Fee is $15 per bed, for all of 2015 ***
 
To secure your place in the garden, fees and agreements are due before the first day of spring (March 21st).
 
GARDEN BED ALLOCATION
 
        - 2015 Garden Bed Map: Southeast False Creek
        - 2015 Garden Bed Allocation: Southeast False Creek
 
GARDEN OPENING & GROWING TIPS
 
We kick off the 2015 season with a garden clean-up party in March (date TBA) to remove straw, spread fertilizer and prep the beds for the growing season. The official garden opening event for this year is scheduled for April (date TBA), when your earliest seeds should go in the ground (see 2015 growing calendar). 
 
Here are some gardening resources to get you thinking about what you want to grow this year:
 
       1)
A 2015 growing calendar (when to plant what)
       2)
A 2015 garden and seed catalogue
       3)
Beginner gardening and growing tips VIDEOS
 
***Make sure to secure your spot in the garden by viewing the Agreement and paying your Gardener Fees –– CLICK HERE.***
 
If you are not interested in growing this year, or have any questions or concerns about your bed allocation, feel free to contact me at
garden@shiftinggrowth.com.

Adrick Brock
Garden Manager
Shifting Growth
www.shiftinggrowth.com