Clean up day: Our final work day of the year to clean everything up for the winter is Oct 22, starting at 10am. All plots must be tidied by Oct 31. You can leave cold weather crops still growing all winter, but dead plants should be put in the composters. Renewals are due by OctContinue reading “End of Season Tidying”
The Hill Street Community Garden was presented the Silver Community Trillium Award for our contribution to the beautification of the City of Hamilton. Well done everyone! The flowers were beautiful this year.
Thank you to everyone interested in a garden plot. We have assigned all the available plots for 2022 from those on the wait list. You can sign up for upcoming years – it can take 1-2 years to be offered a plot.
We anticipate following our COVID protocols in order to garden this coming year. We will follow Public Health directives as we receive them. Seedy Saturday is online this year, including the ability to order seed swap packages online. For the month of February visit https://greenventure.ca/seedy-saturday-2021/ to learn from others on various gardening topics. More detailsContinue reading “Anticipating 2021 Growing Season”
Below are the new policies to be followed:1. At all times, respect social distancing rules: maintain at least 2m / 6ft from anyone else.2. Only registered gardeners and immediate family members should come to the garden. Please try to limit to two at a time. Should you bring children they must be kept close toContinue reading “Precautions for 2020 Garden Season: COVID-19”
The garden is full for the 2020 season. You can sign up for the waiting list for next year.
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 herbsContinue reading “Bugs! Good ones keep the bad ones away”
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: Make sure you have mulch on it all year Never walk on it. Make paths and stay on them. Don’t turn it over. This destroys the natural layers thatContinue reading “Healthy Soil: helps plants stay healthy”
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’tContinue reading “Cucumber Beetles”
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 beContinue reading “Mulch and Water Conservation”