Sunday, August 19, 2012

Cambie Garden - August 18

Quite the busy time at the garden today - we watered, trimmed and harvested and then watered again - this has been the hottest week of the summer and the garden was very dry ........ but all that sun has provided the beans and cherry tomatoes with the boost they needed to begin ripening.  Unfortunately all the heat has prevented our lettuce, frisee and onions from sprouting - just not enough water

first ripe tomatoes - Galina (yellow), Kimberley (red) Rose Quartz (pink) and Golden Child beans (planted June 24!!) - very prolific; and the basil is loving the hoop house
  have a look at the wonderful shape of the Medovaya Kaplya tomatoes (still green on the vine)

and more beans - this one is a runner bean - Painted Lady - a very old variety - we'll keep these for fresh seed
and a big thank you to Itzia for keeping our hedge trimmed to provide more light for our Brussels Sprouts
the dahlias are blooming and more greens (chives, kale, sorrel and chard) are ready for picking - late summer is on the horizon ........... next week we hope to sow more seeds for our fall/winter crops

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Cambie garden - Aug 12

 painted lady beans...what gorgeous flowers! and oh yeah, don't forget to clean up after your pooch!

 discussing the potato harvest

 one word - YUM!!

 the fava beans seem to be coming down with something...

flower and some beans are rotting, and leaves have black areas. the most affected parts were removed, but not much info to be found on the web. too much moisture perhaps?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Cambie Garden - Aug 5

A little late posting this week, but the garden continues to provide us with lots of colour, nasturtiums beautiful as always - although we did have to remove our first planting due to aphid infestation; and the sunflower - it's all about summer

Our late planted beans are starting to flower, the tomatoes are setting fruit and the brussels sprouts are looking healthy

And two ideas for deterring garden pests - one with proven results ...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Harvest Update from SPEC|YWCA Rooftop Garden

Another great harvest this week -- we donated 176.2 lbs of produce to Crabtree Corner yesterday!
 'Soleil' - these squashes are growing like
crazy, we harvested 65 lbs!
harvest breakdown!

an assortment of cukes, leeks, garlic, rhubarb, and
the very first tomatoes (one Brandywine and a
few Celebrity)
Natasha and Arinn staking Stupice tomatoes

 heirloom tomatoes getting heavy on the vine