Hello fellow gardeners,
Spring is here––er, maybe, kinda, I mean there was snow this week––and that means we get to turn our attention to growing food and flowers!
Here are a few important notices for an optimistic March:
The garden opening event for The Drive Garden will be in early April––we'll set the date before the month is out so you can mark it down in your calendars. This is sure to be a fun and informative event!
This is a great time to meet your neighbours and to plant your first seeds. It's also an opportunity for those wishing to pay their Annual Garden Fee by cash or cheque to do so!
GARDEN REGISTRATION & PAYMENT
Please help us out by registering for your beds for 2017. Payment can be done online, by cheque, or with cash at our Opening Event.
Click here to REGISTER AND PAY FOR YOUR DRIVE 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.
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!
We'll be delivering a load of organic compost for you to add to your beds to improve the soil nutrition and invigorate your plants. This particular blend is made with Vancouver's food scraps by Net Zero Waste––totally delicious stuff.
The compost will arrive in early April in advance of the Garden Opening. Plan on adding a few buckets before you plant your seeds and starts (if you can bear to wait!). I'll post a notice on the Facebook Group when it's arrived.
GARDEN TIPS: WHEN TO PLANT WHAT
This always seems to be the big question come spring: when can I start planting my spinach seeds? Growing up in the virtuous, ink-and-paper world of the Pre-Internet Age, my family took our cues from the Old Farmer's Almanac. Yes, the medium has changed since then, but the Almanac is still a great source of wisdom. Check out their Seed Planting Calendar for Vancouver!
Note that this spring, unlike 2016, has been particularly cold. I for one will be holding off for a week or so longer than usual before getting seeds and starts in the ground. The last frost date for our region isn't until March 28th.