New Center Court Table and Planters

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If you haven’t yet seen the plans for this year’s project, a new table and flower planter set for the center court in front of the library’s picture window, here is the expected look.  The purpose is to add some vibrant colour to the garden and give gardeners and library patrons another place to relax or do some work in the garden.

centre court

from library window

new centre court overall

If you are interest in lending a hand with the construction, contact one of the Garden coordinators or the Maintenance team at plots@cggs.ca or come to one of the meetings.

Growing Onions Vertically On The Windowsill

A great little project for kids or those that want to carry the gardening bug through the winter months.

Auntie Dogma's Garden Spot

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How nice would it be to just be able to pluck fresh green onions from the soil whenever you need them? Nothing beats fresh onions for your salads, dips or soup. But how can you ensure a supply of fresh onions at hand all the time?

Sure, onions are available all year round from the supermarket, but they are hardly fresh and there’s almost always no way to know for sure where they came from.

Gardeners of course will simply grow them but some simply have problems with available space.

I came across an image of spring onions grown vertically on the windowsill, using a common 5 Liter PBS bottle, which I thought was a practical, space-saving and green way to grow onions. I posted the image on our Facebook Page and a few people asked how it was done…

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New Gardening Tips

As the long weekend approaches and the warmer weather is upon us, many will be planting this weekend.  I’ve added a few things I’ve found under the tips tab.

Attention Gardeners: New Renewal Process

This summer, the Membership Committee put in a lot of effort to collect fees, signed agreements and Garden Angel sign ups.  This year we are trying to streamline the process to reduce the time commitment.  Please read the following document to familiarize yourself with the new process, as the renewal dates have changed.

Dear Gardeners

 

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…

As I look outside just before Halloween and see the flakes of our first real snowfall of the year I thought it would be nice to reflect on the season that was, now that the beds are all prepped for winter.

This year started early, with temperatures reaching the high 20s in the first week of May, allowing for some extra weeks of growing.

From all accounts, there was some exceptional harvests in the garden, some of which were unfortunately not purposely shared with people from the community.  The subject of theft is one we will try to address over the winter.

But back to the good things:

Here’s a picture of the garden just prior to the start of harvest season.  Seeing everything so full always gives my heart a lift.

garden glorious Sep 2013

Thanks to the efforts of Joan, the communal herb garden did extremely well. I know I used enough herbs from here that I never had to buy any during the summer. i hope everyone knows that they are allowed to take from the two herb beds, being respectful to leave some for your fellow gardeners.
the herbs are ready to eat!

Perhaps one of the most telling things that showed how well things were this year were some of the sunflowers. The heads on these were some of the biggest I’ve ever seen.

'Mammoth' sunflowers!

Of course, as is our mandate, there was a lot that went to the food bank. The proceeds of the donation bed and other contributions from individual gardeners went towards 2 separate food bank trips. resulting in approximately 30 lbs. of food.

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donation bed tomato harvest

Thanks to all the Garden Angels that tended the donation bed and all the gardeners that contributed from their own beds, Well done. After the flood, the food bank was desperate for donations.

Towards the end of September, the garden hosted a “Mingle & Munch” event, where everyone was encouraged to bring a dish from their harvest or cook something on the BBQ to share. All in attendance had a great time talking about what worked (or didn’t) in their garden beds and what their plan for next year was going to be.

fun and food at the Sept Mingle&Munch!

The mingle & much events are held twice a year, in spring and in fall. i look forward to seeing everyone at these events. It’s a great low-key way to get to know your fellow gardeners and tap into their knowledge.

To sum up, I hope everyone had an enjoyable time gardening this year, and I look forward to seeing everyone in the garden next year.

Over the winter, we will be having a few meetings to handle some of the administration, bed renewals and society elections, but we are also going to try and host a couple of educational classes if we can. Watch for the e-mails in your inbox.

Thanks to Joan and Betty Jean for the pictures

A few links that you might find useful:

http://bonnieplants.com/library/articles/preserving-your-harvest/
http://www.almanac.com/content/putting-garden-bed

Encana Gardens in the spotlight

A month ago, the CPL video dept. filmed a piece on the two library gardens, at Forest Lawn and Southwood. Here is the result, featuring our very own D’arcy, Peter and Betty Jean; with Miranda and Gerri from the library.

A quick note #2

A reminder about the Mingle & Munch event at the garden this Wednesday, July 10th.

All garden members are invited to our first Mingle and Munch gathering on Wednesday,July 10th at 6 pm in the garden. Let’s visit and trade notes on what is growing well and how our gardens are doing.

If you wish, bring a small appy to share. The bbq will be up and running if anyone wishes to use it.

Hope to see you !

A quick note…

Stopped by the garden this evening and several of the gardens are looking fantastic.  I noticed that most everything has enjoyed all this rain after the heat last week.  I would suggest that people start thinking about harvesting their lettuce and spinach before it bolts(goes to seed, making it bitter), as more heat is expected this week.  Harvesting now will allow enough time to plant a second crop.