Wednesday, July 9, 2014

It's July!

Hello Gardeners, 

1. Water 
2. New Lock *email me for combination*
3. Maintenance Day: SIGN UP!
4. Market Plot 
5. Pest Control 
6. Blight
7. Keep track of your harvest
8. Workshops and Gardening Tips

1. We are going through water fast at the garden. Please try and conserve as much as possible. Do not water in the middle of a hot, sunny day. The best time to water is early in the morning. CLICK HERE for more information on what plants need watering and when. 

2. The locks are always a challenge at the garden. We are trying something a little different at the front gate. We have a word lock, the combination is *email me for combination*' The other gate is the regular lock so if the front doesn't work for you use the other gate. Please let me know if this lock works better for you. 

3. We need a leader for this Saturdays (July 12th) Maintenance day. If you are around and able please let me know. You simply need to be there between 10am-1pm to welcome people into the garden and make sure everyone has something to do. I will talk with you before hand so you know what needs to be done and where everything is. 

4. The Market Plot needs some attention. If you are interested in volunteering throughout the week or just have some extra time after caring for you plot it needs to be weeded. There are stakes at the end of each row with what is in them. Only weed rows that say "MARKET GARDEN" as there are some individual and group plots mixed in that section as well. 

5. We have lots of bugs up at the garden, some beneficial and some not. CLICK HERE to identify pests in your bed. We definitely have potato beetle and cucumber beetle in Marysville. We have sticky trap in the shed on the first aid kit. You are welcome to use this in your plot. To use cut a strip of something yellow (paint a piece of wood, cut up plastic cups, etc.) and paint the sticky trap on and place around your plants. CLICK HERE for more ideas on Organic Pest Control. 

6. Late blight warning issued for New Brunswick. CLICK HERE for more details. Blight is a disease caused by a fungus-like organism which spreads rapidly in the foliage and fruit of potatoes and tomatoes. The spores can become airborne and travel. The initial symptom of blight on tomatoes is a rapidly spreading, watery rot of leaves which soon collapse, shrivel and turn brown. During humid conditions, a fine white fungal growth may be seen around the edge of the lesions on the underside of the leaves. Brown lesions may also develop on the stems. If allowed to spread unchecked, the disease will begin to attack the fruit. This is recognized by brown patches appearing on green fruit. If infected, the more mature fruits will decay rapidly. Do not over water your tomatoes. Make sure they have plenty of room for air to move through. Prune lower branches to keep them off of the soil. If you see signs of blight remove effected branches/ plants and put them in the garbage (not the compost!) 

7. Please keep track of your harvest so that we can have a record for the end of the season. We have a small scale in the shed or you can weigh it at home. 

8. Check out our Gardening tips and Workshops on our website for a full list of handouts and videos:

If you have any issues or are heading away on vacation and need someone to look after your plot please let me know. 


Madeleine Berrevoets 

Garden Coordinator