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.
Raised beds are notorious for drying out faster than regular gardens. There is more exposure and places for the water to evaporate. Plants then get stressed, more water is used, and it take more of your time. What to do?
Mulch, mulch, mulch! By covering the soil with a 'insulating layer', less water will be lost to evaporation. Use newspapers, grass clippings, straw or anything else to build up a layer.
Some things to keep in mind:
"Plastic pots reduce air flow and make seedlings root bound. A compact, air pruned soil block does not limit oxygen to the roots." (http://www.pottingblocks.com/) On Sunday, March 25, a dozen or so of us gardeners made 40 blocks each to try out with our seedlings for this year.