Garden Tip of the Week: 16

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If you don’t already do this, consider keeping a garden journal.  Buy yourself a blank, hardcover notebook and “dig in!”   There are many ways to approach it.  Here’s what I do:

Each spring, I draw a rough “map” of the vegetable spaces in the garden.  I draw lines and label each area with what I have planted.  That way, I can keep track of crop rotation from year to year.

I keep a record of what date I planted each crop.  If I remember, the brand and variety of seed gets listed!  I make a note of when I start harvesting each vegetable, just for an “almanac” sort of record.

I record which vegetables  grew well and what flunked despite my tender care. And  make notes about what to do next year, as these ideas come to mind.

Also, I keep a list in the journal of what canning, drying and preserving I did.

If you keep a garden journal, you don’t have to start form scratch every spring, wondering what you did last year and where you planted what!

Remember, it’s your journal.  You don’t have to show it to anyone, so it can be as neat or as messy as you please.  You can adorn it with drawings, and paste in clippings of interest.

Mine has now been going for a decade and I started a new one this spring.  It’s fun to look back and realize how your knowledge has grown from your own experience, from any courses you took, or from good old trial and error!

Course reminder:

PUAA is offering a course in “Seed Saving for Beginners.” Instructor Michelle Younie is a young farmer who has been successful in saving seeds from her favorite vegetables and using them to grow next year’s crop. She’ll share her methods with us and answer our many questions. She’s offering this class on Tuesday, September 16 from 6 to 8 PM.

Tell your friends and register soon; this one will fill up fast. Reply to this email or call  250-494-8244 for more info and to register.

 

 

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 pentictonurbanag@gmail.com or call 250-492-0158.

And we’re underway!

You may have seen some activity on site this week.  Following the signing of a three-year lease with the city, the new home of the Penticton Urban Agriculture Association started to take form.

The City’s scramble parking lot millings have been spread, a whole pile of weeds have been removed and there are even veggies planted in our first raised beds!  The site is designated to become the home of the South Okanagan Performing Arts Centre, an excellent and inspiring project, but one that still needs to raise considerable funds to become a reality.  You’ll see their signs posted on the Nanaimo end of the lot.

In mid July there will be a meet and greet session for the public to find out more about the PUAA and our plans for the site. Keep your eyes open for details on this event.

If you’d like to stay in the know – email us at pentictonurbanag@gmail.com and we’ll add you to our mailing list!