Garden full for 2014

We have assigned all our plots for this year. To be considered for next year, please sign up for our waiting list.

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Succession Planting

Want to extend your growing season and increase your yield for a small plot? Consider succession planting. A presenter from the 2014 Seedy Saturday shared her succession planting notes.

Bugs! Good ones keep the bad ones away

The more healthy your plants, the better they are able to withstand bug attacks. Plants can withstand a small amount of bugs - so keep an eye out, but don't get worried by a little damage.
 

Some good bugs: wasps, ground beetles, dragonflies. Attract the good ones by plants a variety of flowers and herbs in the garden. If every plots has some flowers, everyone will benefit!
 

Bad bugs:

  • leaf miner: spinach, beets, chard, etc. Leaves turn brown.

Healthy Soil: helps plants stay healthy

Healthy soil will help to keep your plants healthy and strong. Stronger plants can better withstand bugs, disease and water stress. Ways to keep your soil healthy:

Composters

When putting plants in the compost, please check the signs

  • no sign = open, put stuff in
  • closed = don't put stuff in
  • use me = compost ready to go on plots

Please also try not to put weeds with seeds in our composters, nor diseased or mouldy plants, but put these into the city green bins on site. Thanks to our composter volunteers for managing these all summer!

Featured on This Is Our Hamilton

After a lovely chat with Adrian on Sunday, he posted an article about Hill Street Community Garden at This Is Our Hamilton.

Community Garden success in Hamilton

City councillors recently heard about the success of community gardens in the city and support for continued expansion of them and support of them through the Hamilton Community Garden Network (way to go Clare!). Read the full report on CATCH's website.

Oliver's Garden Project: Gardening with the Family Workshop Series

hosted by: Oliver’s Garden Project with support from Green Venture and Hamilton Community Garden Network sponsored by Nature's Path Gardens for Good

Critters in the Garden, SATURDAY, JULY 28, 10am-12pm, St. Peter’s HARRRP – 705 Main Street East A day of fun and learning for the whole family! Join us to learn about all the critters in your garden both good and bad.

Cucumber Beetles

Are your cucumbers, squash, melons or zuchnini getting eaten? Look for cucumber bettles (yellow with stripes or spots). The adults eat the leaves and they aren't too bad, but the main problem is that they lay their eggs near the roots of the plants and then the larve suck nutrients from the plant. There isn't really an effective organic way to get rid of them, except to keep the adults from laying their eggs, as best you can.