July 21, 2016

Thanks to everyone who helped contribute to the harvest last evening. From preparing the ground, planting, weeding, tending, harvesting and delivering to the church, all of your efforts are appreciated.

We delivered 23 large boxes of fresh produce including beets, beet greens, kale, chard, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and zucchini. This was a great harvest so early in the season and over the next week, we will be replanting for October.

Again, we thank all who helped.

July 19, 2016

Please join us tomorrow evening, July 20, at 7:00 PM to harvest this months Food Basket donation.

Tonight the Kids in the Garden group and some of their parents harvested a bed of beets. Tomorrow we will be picking cabbage, broccoli, kale, Swiss chard and zucchini and delivering it all to the Food Basket for distribution on Thursday.

This year has been the most productive for the Food Basket since we began the program 7 years ago. We all know how much the cost of fresh vegetables has gone up, so our produce is all the more valuable to the families who receive it.

So please come out and get involved in this helpful project.

June 24, 2016

After many delays with our supplier, we have received our shipment of chicken manure. There are two one tonne totes in the driveway. We opened the one on the right for everyone to use. The other will be stored for next year.

The manure pellets absorb water quickly, so it is important that we ensure it is covered when not in use.

The pellets can be applied liberally to your beds but not come in direct contact with your plants, as it may “burn” new growth. It can be worked into the soil but works well as a side dressing too.

As a result of the dry weather, we are just about out of water. We will be asking the fire department to fill our tanks during their Tuesday night exercises but you will have to bring water from home until then.

May 8, 2016

While we do not support advertising for any particular business, we thought that we would let you know that Kent Building Supplies are selling 6 packs of bedding plants for $1.64 plus HST until May 11th.

While it is probably too early to transplant warm weather plants (tomato, cucumber, peppers, beans, etc.) it may be a good time to buy ahead and bring them indoors at night until the ground warms up.

Early crops (cabbage, lettuce, radish, peas, etc.) can probably be safely planted now.

Happy gardening.

April 23, 2016

One of our members asked me if it’s ok to use landscape fabric (under the wood chip mulch) between the rows to help keep the weeds under control.

Our preference would be that we use something that will breakdown into compose such as newspapers or cardboard to line the pathways. The more organic material we can add to the soil the better.

April 20, 2016

The garden is tilled and ready for anyone wishing to get started. Thanks to Charlie and his son Colin, this is the earliest we have had all the beds ready to go.
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Today the high school students helped me get the water taps on the west side of the garden working again. There is also water available near the entrance and we hope to have the water connected on the east side next week.

During our AGM, it was agreed that we would like to work towards converting all the plots to raised beds over the next 2 years. We would also like all of the walkways between the rows covered with wood chip mulch. The mulch works much better if you line the pathways with newspapers or cardboard before adding the mulch.This afternoon I finished one walkway and I find it much better for walking and kneeling and has the additional benefit of keeping down the weeds.

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So even if you’re not prepared to start planting yet, you can help us out by mulching your own walkways.