Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Time: 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Location: St. Mary's Anglican Church, 780 McEvoy Street
AGM at 6PM & Potluck supper at 6:30PM
Join us as we review the accomplishments of NBCHG and celebrate our wonderful volunteers with a ceremony and potluck.
The AGM is your opportunity as an active member to make decisions about the future of our organization. We will review this past year’s work and achievements and elect our new executive.
The Nominating Committee is looking for persons who have interests or experience in Fund Sourcing, Membership, Workshops or Events to bolster our board. You can submit a nomination in advance by email, or at the AGM. For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re also celebrating our amazing volunteers with a potluck supper.
We’d like you to bring a favorite dish to share so that we can raise our glasses (and plates) to people whose hard work have made us into the NBCHG we are today.
Bring a dish to share!
Use healthy local food, if you can!
Remember to label the ingredients in your dishes!
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
The first thing is to clear out the past year’s waste – especially after all the rot, fungus and blight problems we have had this year – These MUST GO ( and not even into the compost – they are to be put in the trash), as you do NOT want to infect next year’s growth. Clear around perennials and clear under trees. Plants and weeds without disease go into the compost.
Secondly dig in any or all of the following amendments (mixed together):
Well rotted manure – preferably horse, chicken or cow and/ or Leaves and Compost from your hot compost bin/pile
CHECK pH (you can get a test from the co-op or skip this step):
Add Sulphur or Lime – if you find your pH is too low or too high ( acid or alkaline )
NOTE: If you are not putting in a green cover crop (see below) until the spring or have left it a bit too late to plant now (start in early Fall), leave enough of the above amendments to layer on top of the bed especially if not completely rotted yet. Frost and snow break down the last few strands, leaves etc., so that it is ready for the next spring.
Layering on top is important as it will stop any weeds from growing, will help cut down the ultimate deep freezing of the soil and will create worm space. Worms are vitally important.
Suggested layers :
Direct onto the ground – newspaper in strips- try to use non-shiny, non -coloured paper as far as possible – worms can be affected by the chemicals in highly coloured papers. Make sure that all the soil is covered.
Next layer –leaves, compost and manure – I tend to mix the whole lot up (if and when I have it) as you are going to have to mix it all when you dig it in, in the spring. If you can lay your hands on enough, make it at least 6 inches deep, and make sure you cover the paper completely.
Finally a layer of wetted leaves( so they don’t blow away) or even a layer of horticultural fleece.
GREEN COVER CROPS:
If you went the green cover crop route, and you want to dig it in now, dig it in to a depth of 5-6 inches deep and then layer on top of it. If you want to leave it over winter and there are few fall planted green manures that will last the blast of 25 below, then just cover it over with something like straw. Don’t use hay – there are too many weeds and seeds in it , especially this year.
Green Cover crops: Winter wheat or rye, Buckwheat - A quickly maturing plant, buckwheat bushes out fast and produces a prodigious amount of biomass, creating a ground canopy that chokes out weeds (which rob other crops of nutrition).
Check out our website for more information: http://www.nbchg.org/category/gardening-tips/preparing-for-winter/#sthash.nlYUYXIT.dpbs
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Every Saturday from 10am -1pm Heather will be up in the garden to lead our maintenance days. We will need lots of help keeping the Market Garden growing as well as laying down the rest of the cardboard and wood chips. Please attend a maintenance day.
You can now find us at the Northside Market every Saturday from 10am- 4pm. Stop by our booth, support NB Community Harvest Gardens and take home some fresh veggies. All vegetables are by donation.
If you have extra produce from your plot to donate that would otherwise go to waste you can leave it for pickup Saturday mornings under the picnic table.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
If you want to move compost please move it directly onto the Market Garden plot or into your own plot, not the ready to use bin. This year our Market garden is set up in 2 ft rows. We are experimenting with a technique called SPIN (Small plot intensive) Gardening. If you are up in the garden and looking for work to do cardboard/ woodchips need to be put on the paths and the market plot needs compost worked into the 2 ft rows.