Another year of gardening!

CROWS Point has woken up from a sleepy and rainy winter! We started our first Nest Keeping Day cleaning up our plots and placing our new friends the mason bees into their homes. We welcomed a few new members to our garden too!

Placing mason bees into the living wall.

Placing mason bees into the living wall.

Lunchtime potluck gathering to get ready for the year ahead.

Lunchtime potluck gathering to get ready for the year ahead.

New Crows and Prize Veggies

Here are a few highlights from our Mid-Autumn Festival. We are so excited to put up these new crows around our garden!

Painted wooden crows.

Painted wooden crows. Check out how detailed the crows are, thanks to the laser cutter that we used to make them.

The winners of our garden veggie contest were:

Biggest: The Wykas with their pumpkin

Prettiest: Rebecca’s ground cherries

Charlie Brown: Alison and family’s carrots

Our veggie contest

Our veggie contest table.

August Nest Keeping Day

This┬áNest Keeping Day’s theme was the big summer clean-up! Now that most of our infrastructure projects have been completed, except for fixing that pesky tap by the water value, we finally had a chance to do some tidying.

There is so much stuff in the shed! We did a thorough sweep and cleared out a lot of junk that had accumulated over the years.

There is so much stuff in the shed! We did a thorough sweep and cleared out a lot of junk that had accumulated over the years.

You can see the paths again in the Native Garden!

You can see the paths again in the Native Garden!

While we were pruning and cleaning, a special guest came to our garden today. Chuckle Berry, a musician from Jamaica, was looking for a place to shoot his music video. He asked us if we’re an organic garden. We said yes. Then he asked if he could do some filming in our garden and of course we said yes to that too. Not every day that a Nest Keeping Day turns into a music video set.

Chuckle Berry filming his music video.

Chuckle Berry filming his music video.

July Nest Keeping Day

Our July Nest Keeping Day started with a bit of rain, but the sun came through for the afternoon. We did a lot of shed maintenance, cleaning out the enclosure and adding a ramp to the main door.

Clearing out the shed enclosure

Clearing out the shed enclosure

No Nest Keeping Day is complete without some weeding effort. We tackled more of the morning glory in the native garden, thanks to the garden kids.

Get that morning glory!

Get that morning glory!

This month, we were a bit biased towards dessert for lunch but it at least drew a good crowd!

Enjoying lunch

Enjoying lunch

Stage 3 watering restriction now in effect

Yikes! Our water reservoirs are at an all time low with the dry weather and heat. As of June 21, Metro Vancouver has increased their water restrictions to Stage 3. Water is a precious resource, so we need to work together to conserve it.

What does this mean for community gardens?

We can still water our vegetable gardens, but only by hand using a spring-loaded shut-off nozzle. This means that we should not be watering with an open hose. Please use the watering cans in the shed.

To set an example for our community, please restrict watering vegetable gardens to early in the morning or in the evening. This is actually better for your plants, and helps us conserve water.

 

Lastly, did you know that many vegetables and flowers don’t need watering every day? Many plants can tolerate up to a week without watering! Help save water, and save yourself some time by watering less frequently.

 

Watering vegetable gardens, established flowers, trees and shrubs is still allowed, but only by hand using a spring-loaded shut-off nozzle.

Weeds and wood work

After a yummy pancake brunch with garden members, friends, and guests from the neighbouring Copley Community Orchard, we went straight to work on a beautiful sunny Sunday.

Jeff, our resident carpenter, led the effort on fixing the picnic bench and adding doors to our recycling/trash enclosure.

Our new doors for the recycling enclosure.

Our new doors for the recycling enclosure.

Meanwhile in the native garden, we continued the quest against the weeds. Month by month, we’ll keep the morning glory and buttercup at bay so our native plants can thrive in their home.

More native garden weeding and mulching the paths.

More native garden weeding and mulching the paths.

Taking weeds out of the native garden and our repaired picnic bench.

Taking weeds out of the native garden and our repaired picnic bench.

 

 

The Great Garden Clean-Up

This month, we had a beautiful and sunny Nest Keeping Day! With the combined efforts of more than 20 garden members, we accomplished so much. Here are some highlights from the day.

Mowing the grass.

Mowing the grass.

Children's garden in progress.

Children’s garden in progress.

Clearing garden beds for new members.

Clearing garden beds for new members.

Weeding the Native garden.

Weeding the Native garden.

Taking a break from screening compost.

Taking a break from screening compost.

Can you spot our weeding crew?

Can you spot our weeding crew?

Filling and planting the living fence.

Filling and planting the living fence.

Off to get another load of mulch.

Off to get another load of mulch.

A cleaned-up plot, ready for the next person on the wait list.

A cleaned-up plot, ready for the next person on the wait list.

The newly re-designed children's garden. Check out the bean teepee!

The newly re-designed children’s garden. Check out the bean teepee!

Some other big tasks we completed today, but don’t have photos:

  • Tidying up the compost monster to remove the noxious weeds and access the compost inside
  • Repairing the irrigation lines
  • Lots and lots of weeding and path mulching

Nestkeeping Days

This Saturday will be our second Nestkeeping Day of 2015. What’s a Nestkeeping Day? Well, the best way to find out is to come join us between 11am-4pm at the garden. To give you a hint, it’s a day of gathering as a community to work together on the garden and make it spectacular. We rely on Nestkeeping Days to build and maintain the lovely structures and paths around the garden, keep our native plants and common plots growing strong, and control those pesky weeds.

Nestkeeping Days are not limited to just garden members. Anyone can join us for any portion of time. If you want to stop by and help for 15 minutes, you are most welcome! We usually have a potluck lunch around 1pm.

The Nestkeeping Days for this year are:

  • Saturday April 25, 11am-4pm
  • Sunday May 24, 11am-4pm
  • Saturday June 27, 11am-4pm
  • Sunday July 26, 11am-4pm
  • Saturday August 22, 11am-4pm
  • Sunday September 27, 11am-4pm
  • Saturday October 24, 11am-4pm
  • Sunday November 22, 1pm-3pm

We look forward to seeing you at the garden!