Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Day Four of the Ladner Community Garden

Its only been a few days since we built this garden and already most of our allotment gardens are planted. People are planting mostly vegetables with a few companion plants as well. I love seeing how each individual gardener plants their garden. There are so many different ideas out there on how to grow food. It will be interesting to see how things work out over the summer.

It doesn't matter what time of day you go to visit the garden, there is always someone there tending their garden. It has really become a community of its own. In starting this garden , we hoped to create conversation. Well, that was an understatement. There are ideas shared, recipes given and new friends made. It was just what we envisioned when we decided to start this community project.

One of the most popular fruits to grow are tomatoes.Tomatoes are not hard to grow but should be grown under plastic like in the photo above. Unfortunately our climate usually brings us blight and tomatoes are very susceptible to this terrible fungus. Once a tomato plant is infected , it must be removed and placed in the trash. You don't want to compost diseased plants.

I couldn't help but notice that this gardener may be worried about slug damage. They have attached copper stripping around the side of the bed. This will give a slug a bit of a shock if one tries to cross.

I wondered why someone had installed a drain pipe in all four corners of their garden. The next day I saw the finished garden.

They built sides for their garden just in case any rabbits thought they had a chance. Fortunately the eagles that perch above the garden daily would never let us have a bunny before they get to them. Today a couple of eagles were loudly squawking while we worked in the garden.

Half a dozen gardeners are trying out the square foot gardening method. It is a more intensive method of gardening in a small space. I found it very successful in my own yard.

No need to worry about critters coming in the garden. We now have our mascot to keep them away.

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