Saturday, March 28, 2015

Short day today (March 22nd)

Today, we checked how our planted seeds were doing. Our cabbage and broccoli starts that are being grown at home are a bit lanky so it still needs a bit of time before transplanting. However, it looks like the some mesclun seeds did survive after the pasta incident. They're planted on the left hand side of Bed 9.

The arugula (on the right hand side of Bed 9) seems to be sprouting better.

A bit of good news - we found a healthy worm!

We also found that our friend, the rampant mint has somehow travelled from Bed 2 to Bed 14, our flower bed! I hope it doesn't prevent the calendula we planted last week from sprouting! We'll be having lots of mint!
Next week, we'll be putting in some peas!

Another productive day at the garden (March 15th)

It was a cloudy, slightly drizzly day but we had a good turnout of people at the garden. We fertilized all our empty beds with some Gaia Green All-Purpose Fertilizer to provide the beds with a good boost of nutrients.

Sybrena, Rhys & Marie were busy setting up our cold frame. I brought plastic that was covering a couch I had bought - I knew I was saving it for something!

Our mesclun and arugula have started sprouting though we had a little nasty surprise when we got to the garden. The bed with the salad greens is beside the bench and we found this in the bed!

I guess someone either spilt their lunch or decided the garbage bin was too far away?? Anyway, we scooped it out and threw it in the garbage. There were a lot of wireworms and I'm not sure if they were attracted to the pasta or what. Hopefully some mesclun seedlings survive.

We planted more flowers: Lemon Gem marigolds and cornflowers in front of bed 4, alyssum in Bed 3.5, calendula in the flower bed and Late Spencer Blend sweet peas in Bed 6. Our watermelon radishes have gone to flower since last week but we're leaving it in for the bees and to save seed.

Some volunteer lettuce showed up, two to be exact! We decided to plant some radishes among them and broadcasted 3 kinds of radish seeds (China Rose, Sparkler White Tip and French Breakfast).

 This was also the bed with sweet peas in the back so we moved the trellis over and covered it with our cold frame.

We also broadcasted some yu choi and gai lan seeds in Bed 7 and transplanted some "Winterberry" variety of strawberries in with our existing ones.


More to come next week!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

March 8th: Off to a good start!

We had our very first garden meeting today and got to meet a bunch of new and keen volunteers.

Our watermelon radishes from last year seem to be doing quite well.

The raspberry canes are finally tied up - let's hope the vinyl wire holds! The yew hedge was trimmed and we removed lots of ivy growing around the raspberry canes though I'm pretty sure they'll grow back in no time at all. :(


The weather has been sunny for the last few weeks so we're hoping that we've seen the last of the spring frosts. Because of that we decided to plant some stuff and hope for the best. We planted some broad beans with our existing kale since kale is a heavy feeder.


We also seeded the back of a bed with some sweet peas of the variety Blue Celeste and Lipstick. These pretty flowers are close to our blueberry bushes to attract pollinators. In the same bed, we also broadcasted two varieties of arugula (Italian & Adagio) as well as two varieties of mesclun (Curly Cress & Westcoast Market Blend).

While we were planting, I noticed 2 crows lurking about and I sure hope that our seeds survive. I think they were eyeing our broad beans! Let's hope we see some sprouts next week!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Come join us on March 8th @ 10am in the garden

We're kicking off our season on Sunday, March 8th at 10am in the garden. This will be a chance for new and old volunteers to meet each other. We're also having a small work party to get the garden ready for planting and planning what we will be growing for this season.

Here's what the garden looks like now but it'll be fabulous come this summer! If you're interested in joining us on March 8th, please email Everyone is welcome!