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!
- leaf miner: spinach, beets, chard, etc. Leaves turn brown.
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:
We have assigned all our plots for this year. To be considered for next year, please sign up for our waiting list.
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!
After a lovely chat with Adrian on Sunday, he posted an article about Hill Street Community Garden at This Is Our Hamilton.
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.
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.
Do you live in West Hamilton and grow some of your own food? Would you be interested in exchanging your surplus garden produce with other local backyard vegetable gardeners? Join the West Hamilton Produce Cooperative: a free, twice-a-month exchange of fruits, vegetables, herbs & flowers.