Please join us on Saturday September 17, 2016 for the first garden clean-up and winterizing session.
- The gardening equipment will be cleaned and stored for the winter.
- Garden hoses will be cleaned, coiled and stored.
- Plant stakes will be pulled, cleaned and bundled for storage.
The clean-up will take at the Children’s Garden starting at 11:00 am.
The cutting lettuce, green and red, as well as the kohlrabi and long harvest broccoli seedlings are big enough to be planted in the garden. Join us Saturday morning for free drop-in garden activities.
The red-deer tongue lettuce is heat tolerant. Most lettuce will not tolerate high temperatures. When the hot summer weather starts most lettuce plants will go to seed and become bitter.
The Baby leaf kale has a more tender texture and is mild and sweeter than traditional Siberian Kale. The seedlings are ready for planting.
Kohlrabi has a mild sweet taste. Kohlrabi takes 60 – 65 days to mature. It will be ready to harvest in mid-October. Kohlrabi does well in cool weather.
Year round gardening is possible at the UNA Children’s Garden. Preparations have begun for the fall harvest.
After the potatoes were harvested the soil was levelled, fertilized and allowed to rest before being planted.
Vegetables grow best when they receive a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight. The vegetable receives some shade because of the large oak trees.
Brussel sprouts and cucumber seedlings were planted.
To protect the seedlings from slugs the seeds are not directly sown into the soil. The seeds are planted in pots and transplanted into the garden.
Preparations were made to start the seeds in small pots.
Kohlrabi, radishes and lettuce make good mid-season plants for a late summer harvest.
One of the purposes of the UNA Children’s Garden is to promote and teach responsible and sustainable practices around water use. The UNA has provided funding for the purchase and installation of 2 rain barrels for the Children’s Garden. Rain barrels promote wise water use by allowing water to be stored in the raining months and used in the drier months.
Vancouver has abundant rainfall in the winter months. The driest months are July and August.
Calendula flowers are thriving in the garden. The petals of the flowers are edible and make an attractive garnish for summer salads. Calendula flowers have numerous health benefits. Calendula flowers can calm irritated skin, are anti-inflammatory and are used to dye cheese and butter.
An older variety of calendula is being grown in the garden.