Our official garden opening event will be held Saturday April 26th from 10am-1pm. It will be an opportunity to organize/clean up your plot and participate in some collective garden tasks. There is soil and compost for everyone to add to their plots. This is a great time to come meet your fellow gardeners, and pay your dues. There will also be orientation items to go over with new gardeners.
In addition, please see below information about fees:
If you joined before 2013, this fee will be taken from your remaining key deposit. (we switched lock systems in 2013, and got rid of the $20 key deposit) Beginning next year, everyone will pay the same fee.
If you joined in 2013: the fee is $10.
If you are a new member joining this year, there is a $25 fee to join the garden.
Fees can be paid by internet email transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org; or at the garden opening, or alternatively by dropping off at 64 Marchmount Rd. Please make cheques out to Deborah Wingate.
The new combo lock code will also be provided at the garden opening. With the nicer weather this weekend, some members have asked about an early start. If you would like to get the combo lock early, and dues are paid, please email email@example.com.
Hi Fellow Gardeners
As I am sure many of you are aware, a large mixed-use condo development is being proposed for the site where Sobey’s is now located. The development as proposed will have serious effect on views, noise and shade on Garrison Creek Park as well as some of our homes. It will also introduce transit and transportation issues in the area. If you are interested in learning more you can read this report from the City of Toronto:
In addition, it is worth checking out the Dovercourt Park Community Association blog which provides good background about the development and some links to learn more:
Mike Layton is the councillor attached to this development and he provides some background here:
I believe the community meeting has been held, so you may contact Mike Layton’s office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Avery Carr in planning (email@example.com) if you have more questions or concerns. The Garden itself falls into Joe Mihevc’s ward and he has always supported the garden. You may email him directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) let him know any concerns with this proposal you have in regard to the garden or otherwise.
If any of you are like me, you are getting excited about your first garlic harvest. Your scapes have curled and looped, and maybe you have even broken off a few and roasted them up for dinner (we have and man were they delicious!).
And now you may be feeling nervous about the right time to pull your bulbs from the ground (or you may be very confident because you have done this before, and if you are please comment and give us newbies some tips!).
A little internet research and questioning of my sister (who’s partner is an organic farmer!) have led me to these answers I am about to share with you:
1. According to http://www.gardenbetty.com- the trick is in the leaves. When half of the leaves have died off (browned) and the other half remain green, it is time. She also cautions, “It’s a good idea to lightly dig into the soil around the bulb (taking care not to damage any of the wrappers or cloves) and check its size without digging the whole thing up. If the bulb looks small, pat the soil back down and wait a few days before you check again. If the bulb looks substantial, the wrappers tight, and the cloves well-formed, it’s ready to be pulled.”
Read more: http://www.gardenbetty.com/2011/07/the-trick-of-knowing-when-to-harvest-garlic/#ixzz2WsDgBTmu
2. Another site https://www.garlicfarm.ca/garlic-harvesting-pospisil.htm tells us to stop watering around the 1st of July and after the scapes have been broken off so that the bulbs can mature.
3. The organic farmer (partner of my sister) says water one last time right about now with liquid fertilizer (sounds intimidating to me!) and harvest a month later. So I did a little research on organic liquid fertilizer and found this advice from an LA blogger: http://lifeonthebalcony.com/how-to-make-your-own-organic-liquid-fertilizer/
And for those of us who are a bit lazier (I venture to put myself in this category) Urban Harvest Toronto sells Worm Castings Tea (http://www.uharvest.ca/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=26&products_id=306). You mix it with 4 litres of water and it can be used to substitute watering twice a month to improve yields in our containers (not just the size of our garlic bulbs).
Personally, as always, I still feel a little ambivalent about adding a new element into my gardening routine, but I am thinking about trying it……
Come out on Saturday to shovel some earth with Joe Mihevc!
Our City Councillor is coming to Garrison Creek Community Garden at 10:00am rain or shine. He will be on hand to help put earth into our last beds.
Please join us and lend a hand, meet Joe and show support for our great community garden.
If you look closely you will notice a couple of new tabs on our blog’s menu. The “Garden Rules and Regulations” have been updated this year to reflect our current policies. There is also a “Minutes” tab where you can read about what different garden committees have been up to. Currently, there is an update from the compost committee as plans are forging ahead to re-build and organize compost at the garden.
Compost has arrived at the plots. We will start with a maximum of one wheelbarrow load per plot (honour system of course) and go from there. By way of explanation, this is a mixture of organic compost and peat provided by Zephyr Peat Land Harvesting (Mississauga) who were recommended to us by the Frankel Lambert Community Garden. Frankel Lambert has been using Zephyr Peat for the past few years, and has been happy with the product and service.
Photo by: Marc de Mouy