The Children’s Garden has over a dozen fruit trees, mostly apples. The apples are ripe and ready for picking. Please join the garden volunteers next Saturday, October 6, 2018, at 10:00 am to help with the harvest.
The Children’s Garden has received several significant donations of fruit trees this past year. We are looking forward to renewing the apple orchard with the 2018 fruit tree donations.
Coffe grounds from the Old Barn Coffee Shop, Beans Around the World, are set aside every day for use in the garden. The grounds are used as a mulch.
Basil is growing well. A young volunteer harvests the basil.
Basil is picked and washed for the Saturday am sale.
A weeks worth of coffee grounds was spread in the middle of the straw bales. This brown layer will then be covered with a green layer of garden weeds etc.
This week the straw bales garden had a brown layer of coffee added to the middle. straw bales make excellent planting spaces. The bales are above the ground. This makes it difficult for slugs 🐌 to find the seedlings.
The garden has many young volunteers who have worked all season long to produce a fantastic crop of garden vegetables.
Garden volunteers monitor the growth of the crops in the planter boxes.
Older volunteers help the younger volunteers with the garden hoses.
Tubs of cheery tomatoes were harvested and sold at the Saturday morning produce sale.
Garden volunteers pick the tomatoes for a produce sale.
Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who help sustain community gardening.
Straw bales make a unique medium for growing plants.
Straw is seed and insect free. Young seedlings are able to grow without being eaten by bugs.
The straw is arranged in a square. The height of the bales makes it easy to plant directly into the straw.
Thanks to all the hard work of the garden volunteers.
Straw bales make a special growing medium.
By re-using organic material for growing food we can increase our sustainable growing practices.
Straw bales make a unique growing medium. Straw is weed and seed free. Straw has very few insects living in it. Therefore, straw bales makes an ideal growing medium. This fall the Children’s garden volunteers have created a straw bale garden for the fall and winter growing season.
The first step in creating a straw bale garden is sourcing and stacking the bales of straw.
The straw bales from the Old Barn Community Centre’s “Barn Raising Celebration” were donated to the Children’s Garden. The industrious and hardworking garden volunteers worked hard to gather the straw and stack it into a garden bed.
Keep posted to learn more about conditioning the straw for growing.
A special weather statement issued by Environment Canada forecasts record breaking heat for the lower mainland. Prolonged high temperatures with low moisture means plant stress. Plants need extra watering at these times. The container grown tomatoes and herbs need to be watered twice a day in order to avoid water stress.
Be a hero – save a plant – volunteer to help water the garden.