Monday, April 23, 2012

Our Fruit Garden Is Built!

In the original plans for the Ladner Community Garden we had designed a fruit garden. We knew we couldn't grow plants such as blueberries and raspberries in our 4'x10' foot beds without losing valuable vegetable growing space so this was the solution.

We had to remove three existing allotment beds in order to repair a very boggy area in the garden. Yes, we need some fill to fix this area so we can replace the three beds and get back to business. The three empty beds were moved to the fruit garden space where Jim leveled and measured to get them just right.

 My mouth just waters thinking about all the fruit we can harvest for our community meals this summer. We have five blueberry plants, some strawberries and a thornless blackberry plant waiting to call this home.

By the end of the day, this bed was planted up with British Sovereign strawberries. One of the neighbours kindly donated plants that he had been growing for fifty years. I just researched this strawberry and it was introduced in to BC in 1923. I can't wait to try this berry out. Hmmm, strawberry pie anyone?

Thanks to all the volunteers who came out to help yesterday. Not only did we move six yards of soil, we built three beds in the fruit garden and potted up almost 200 hundred plants. We also had a lesson from Don on growing vegetables year round. Thanks Don!
Don't you love our community garden? I love the sharing of ideas, new friends and of course, the harvests.

Friday, April 20, 2012

What Can I Plant in my Garden This Week?

If you haven't planted already here are some ideas for your garden plot. Its time to plant carrots, beets, Swiss chard, broccoli, cauliflower, celery transplants, onion and leek transplants, parsnip, kale and head lettuce. Phew, that's enough to get you going for now. If you want some growing information on any of these vegetables, check it out here. Enter a vegetable in my search box and you should find out all the growing information you need. If its not there, let me know.
The city has turned the water on so we are good to go. Not that we need it yet. With rain every other day it will be enough to get your seeds going. If you are planting transplants, try to plant them on a cooler or overcast day. Transplanting on a sunny day can be tricky. The new transplants will need to be watered carefully.

This year you will need to add some soil to top off your garden beds. A lot of beds have settled and adding new soil will help. I see lots of activity with insects and earthworms in our beds so that's a sign of a good growing medium.
This weekend we will be preparing for our upcoming plant sale on May 12 from 9-12. The sale will be held at the community garden. If you have plants to donate, please let us know. So far we have over 200 plants for sale. We will be having a potting up session on Sunday, April 22 from 9-11am. We will also have a short meeting and Don will be doing a presentation on what you can plant now and how to read a seed packet.
This is an exciting time of year. We hope to meet you all this weekend.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Spring Has Arrived!

Here it is April and its finally starting to warm up. Plants are really growing quickly at the community garden. The Narcissus are in full bloom and the Tulips won't be far behind. Signs of spring means weeds are growing as well. I know, you didn't want to hear about those. We have been taking time to really dig out those awful quack grass weeds from around the allotment beds. Once that is done and a layer of fresh mulch is down, we will be all set for spring planting. If you haven't already planted, its time to plant lettuce, spinach, cabbage, radishes, onion sets, shallots, turnips and kohlrabi.

Check out our new Pansies in the rock garden bed. I love these dainty little spring flowers!

Thanks to Bonnie for generously donating some Swiss chard to our food bank garden. Yesterday the grade three class planted vegetable seeds in this area and we hope to see them germinate soon with all this lovely sunshine.

You have to take a peek at the West Coast Seeds trial gardens. Mark has planted wildflower seeds this year in all his raised beds. Imagine how fabulous that will be this summer. I can hardly wait! If you take a look, you will see tiny seedlings emerging in his beds.

I would like to welcome the Winskill community gardeners to our society. We spent the morning helping them get the spring cleanup done. I am anxious to see what will be planted in these gardens this year. It was a pleasure meeting all of you today.
Dont forget our potting up session and general meeting is on April 22 at the Ladner Community Garden at 9am.