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: Pre-2013 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.
2013 If you joined in 2013: the fee is $10.
2014: 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.
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:
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.”