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MEMBERS’ DAY – APRIL 15TH – COME OUT, DIG IN

Due to the early Spring, our Member’s Day will be held on Sunday, April 15th from12 – 2. 00 pm! Come out. Sign up for the season. Pay your dues ($25), and dig in. New members will get an intro to the garden and will be shown their plot! Want to get dirty?  Make Sunday a working session.  Check your plot for repairs required. And if its okay, you  may want to start some soil remediation!That means compost, or whatever NON-CHEMICAL means you prefer. We anticipate compost being made available via the Fort, but just in case you may want to grab some the previous Saturday  you can do so at two local city Environment Days (see calendar for details of two local Environment Days). We know you are keen to start but before you get too busy scattering seeds, remember that the weather is still changeable and the  official planting day of May 24th weekend  is quite far off.

Seeds you may want to plant in the next few weeks: Peas and Beans! To avoid – fragile greens like salads – wait until the weather warms up a little.

 Planting Requirements:  Fertilize the soil before you plant, and dress accordingly as plants begin to grow. Peas: Sow seeds about one inch deep and two inches apart in the row. Create a trellis for the peas to grow up. Also remember that tall-growing plants will shade low-growing plants, so plan out your plot accordingly.  Beans  Sow seeds one inch deep in heavy soils and 1-1/2 inches deep in sandy soils. Bush beans should be spaced three to four inches apart in the row. Space pole beans six to ten inches apart along a trellis or plant several beans to a pole.  Good drainage is essential.

THE JOY OF PERENNIALS

Planting perennials in your plot is a special pleasure. It means that while you are contemplating seed catalogues at home, things are gently growing. Walk through the garden this week and you’ll see, thyme returning, garlic growing, rhubarb sprouting and lots and lots of chives. There were also two green and luscious sprouts of an unknown origin in my plot. Can’t wait to discover what they are! (Not weeds, surely?)

(Sketch’s jute blanket didn’t stop these chives from reaching to the light!)

FORT YORK CRITTERS!

Fort York’s natural environments is one of its charms. But its also means that critters are rampant. Groundhogs, rabbits, and even coyotes all regard Fort York as home. After terrific crop losses last year, it was decided to take some defensive action and all plots will have an opportunity to put up a fence. Check out the one underway this coming Sunday (April 15th) for ideas on how to keep the critters out. All plots that need repair will be repaired asap and at that time there’s the option of making a “critter proof” plot.

Groundhogs love us for our garden-fresh greens!

FORT YORK HISTORIC GARDEN – HELP OUT ON APRIL 22ND

Interested in growing “heritage” vegetables. The Historic Garden on the west side of the Fort  is looking for volunteers and on Sunday April 22nd, all Fort York Gardeners are invited to visit the garden, roll up their sleeves and help prep it for another garden season! Exact times to be confirmed, but expect a morning session!

EAST GATE CLOSURE

The Bathurst Street Gate “East Gate” remains closed until the pathway is repaired. It will be open for all formal late-night garden sessions and,  but entry during other times will be by the West Gate. On Sunday, April 15th it will be open just before Noon for a short time only and,  please note,  use of the East Gate is at the gardener’s own risk.  Also note that we are privileged to have a garden in a national historic site and as such we are bound to follow the Fort’s rules: no bike riding through the Fort, and also dogs, if brought to the garden, should be leashed.

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