Garden Tip of the Week: 11

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The time to harvest your garlic crop is when approximately half the leaves have turned yellow.  This usually happens mid to late July. Pull the plants, and gently brush any soil off the bulbs.  Be careful not to break the papery skin that encases the bulb.  “Cure” the bulbs outside on a tray out of direct sunlight for a few days to harden the outer skin for storage.  (Do not separate the individual cloves.)  Store in a cool, dry, dark place such as your  basement  pantry.

A garden tip on planting garlic will appear in early autumn.  Until then, enjoy your harvest!

A reminder: be sure to check out our “Courses” page, for summer and fall course offerings and instructions for registration!

Garden Tip of the Week: 10

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After you’ve cut the main heads from your plants, fresh broccoli enjoyment can go on and on! To prolong your harvest of broccoli, use mulch to protect its roots from hot sun.  Keep on harvesting the side shoots after you cut the main heads.  And be generous with the broccoli’s water supply, because tough stems are a result of not enough moisture to the roots.

If you didn’t grow your own broccoli this year, try it next spring.  It tastes a lot better than the stuff that comes from far away, and you’ll be impressed at the brilliant green color when it’s cooked and on your plate.

Garden Tip of the Week: 6


Last week we talked about cool nights causing basil to suffer. Cool nights can have a slowing effect on other growth, too. A number of you have expressed concern about the small size of your tomato plants. They particularly don’t like those cold winds, and the drops in temperature after rain storms. When I plant my tomatoes out in early to mid-May, I put a plastic wall about two feet high around each one. In my location, the main purpose is to shield them from cold north winds, but the plastic also holds in a little of the day’s warmth. Now, in the third week of June, the plants are peering above the plastic, and I can safely remove the walls.

Garden Tip of the Week: 5


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  It’s the middle of June and time to plant basil out into the garden. What? You planted it out in early May and it’s just sitting there? That’s because basil doesn’t like night temperatures to fall below 15 degrees and most of our nights so far have been several degrees colder than that. John from the former Benchland Nursery said that some spots in the South Okanagan experience night frosts up to the middle of June. Baby your basil, and you’ll be rewarded with branchy, bushy plants that will provide plenty of leaves for pesto and salads.

Check this link from a PUAA member who has been inspired by C.URB  to start her own garden.  Click here to read her post!  Below is a photo of some of her efforts:


Tool Swap Meet at Seedy Saturday, April 14th

Tool Swap at Seedy Saturday

April 14, 2012

200 Block of Main Street, Penticton

Are idle gardening tools hanging around your home?

Swap for other tools, sell them, or donate them to the Centre for Urban Agriculture (C.URB)!

We (C.URB) will collect and put them to work in a new home!

Suggested tools: shovels, spades, digging forks, rakes, hoes, trowels, clippers, pruners, pruning saws, weed diggers, hand hedge trimmers

For information on where to drop off your tools before April 14 and what we need to know from you, email or call 250-492-0158.

Upcoming, we have another work party day!  

On Wednesday, September 7th, we will be planting xeriscape gardens at the south end of the lot.  We need hands to help!  And you’ll learn about preparing the site, planting techniques and about the xeriscape plants themselves!

We’re running two work party sessions on Wednesday September 7th at C.Urb



Bring: gloves, shovels, trowels, garden forks, rakes, drinking water, hats and friends!

Stay as long as you can!

Habitat for Humanity has agreed to donate and deliver soil from their excavation at 12 Huth Ave to the C.Urb site.

Art Knapp’s and Superior Peat have generously donated 7 yards of mulch to spread around the xeriscape beds.