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Fall AGM – Sunday September 24 at 10:00

                                                                                                                        joyce 2017

It’s time for our Fall AGM already!

             Sunday September 24th, 2017

             10:00 am – Fall Annual General Meeting begins

             2229 Maple Street, between 6th/7th Avenue

Please try to arrive 10-15 minutes early so there’s time to visit and get the meeting started promptly at 10:00 – thanks*

 

 

[UPDATE Sept 11] Pesticide spraying postponed

September 11th update:
 
Greetings fellow gardeners,
 
the herbicide treatment for Japanese Knotweed has been postponed until the end of September.
 
In the meantime, the Executive Chair and Vice Chair have emailed the City of Vancouver directly to advise them of our concerns and a member is gathering info from Diamond Head Consulting about the treatment process so that we can asses the potential risk to the garden.
 
There is no need at this time to contact the City of Vancouver or Diamond Head Consulting.  The Executive will continue researching and will forward additional information to all members as soon as possible.
 
Thanks to all who made the effort to protect the health of our gardens on such short notice🌻.
 
Thank you for your support and have a WONDERFUL day!
your Maple garden executive

 

—— original post:

 

Fellow gardeners;
 
Notices along the Arbutus Corridor announce that the city is planning on spraying a pesticide – Glyphoshate – along the North side of the corridor tomorrow September 11th.
 
We encourage each and everyone of you to call 311 ASAP and request that they do not spray along our gardens (or anywhere close to the bees).
If anyone is available to keep watch at the garden tomorrow in an attempt to insure that our gardens are not contaminated, it would be highly appreciated.
 
While Glyphosphate appears to be among the least toxic of this class of herbicides, the city must be made to understand that they should not be spraying chemicals along the corridor at will and without community consultation.
 
Thank you all for your efforts,
your able Community Executive

 

September/October Gardening Hints                     {courtesy of Rosemary}

1) This is the time of year to start thinking about bulbs for spring if you wish.  Choose healthy, firm bulbs and store in a cool, dry place [then plant according to the directions for each type of bulb] over the next couple months. Adding a small amount of bone meal in each hole when planting will help establish the root system and promote flowering.  Here are planting levels, heights and bloom times for common bulbs:

longfield-gardens.com

2) Keep weeding and deadheading, and keep grass trimmed in and around your plot as usual.

3) Keep picking produce regularly, and also herbs for drying so you can have a little taste of summer later in the year!

4) When summer veggies and flowers are finished, remove the spent plants and compost healthy parts of the plants.

5)  Please do not compost diseased leaves, shoots and plants.  If disease-causing spores, fungus or viruses are present, they will survive in compost.  Information on Club Root, recently discovered in Section 3, will be posted soon.  The principles to avoid the spread of Club Root disease are the same as Rust and Blight.  Please take a moment to review the information and photos about disease management to help keep all Maple Community Garden plots healthy http://maplecommunitygarden.ca/gardening-resources/disease-management/

6) It’s also a good time to harvest seeds from flowers in your gardens to save for next year. If you’re inspired, throw some over the North fence so we can create a bit of a wildflower garden out there and provide more food for the bees too J

7) Begin fall garden cleanup of your plot.  All plots must be cleared of summer/fall weed growth and all finished plants by November 1 [as per Annual Contract].

8) You can amend your soil with Dolomite lime (1 cup for each of our small beds should do) and then one week later add mushroom manure or compost.  Dig in some organic fertilizer as well (see recipe below) and you are ready to plant fall veggies.

9) Maple Community Garden is an organic gardening area, and organic fertilizer contains many micronutrients of value for plants which release slowly without washing away as fast as chemical fertilizers.  

Recipe for Homemade Organic Fertilizer

2 parts Blood meal           Nitrogen (N)  

3 parts Bone meal           Phosphorus (P)

1 part Kelp meal              Potassium (K)

The above ingredients are found at most garden centres and feed stores, and this recipe provides an N-P-K ratio of approximately 4-5-4 to 5-8-5.  Nitrogen promotes vigorous growth, phosphorus improves flowering and root system growth, and potassium assists with fruit quality, root growth and reduction of disease.

10) Set out transplants and seedlings of fall/winter vegetables like Spinach, Lettuce, Purple flowering Broccoli, Chard and Kale in September and then plant Garlic later in October – have fun!

 

 

Summer images

What a summer we have had – after such a looong and cool spring the summer arrived with a bang with incredible lushness not to mention the heat! We are very fortunate in urban Vancouver that we haven’t had to deal with the chaos being experienced in BC Interior communities – but did get a taste of the challenges that some communities face with a compromised air quality – a true dystopian feel and look in our fair City. The recent rain was welcome that cleared things up! A few images from our garden.

Early morning in the garden – a red sunrise

Beauty sweet peas

Busy bee, pink yarrow, yellow tansy and gorgeous volunteer globe thistle

This wee bee was found sleeping in Section A japanese anemone – I think I disturbed getting a little close!

Spring images – from Section 1

It’s always amazing the variety one finds in everyone’s gardens – a few spring images from section 1 – please sun come back in full force! We miss you

Edible pea blossom

Biscuit loves maple community gardeners!

Poppy lifecycle – from blossom to seed pod

Johnny Jump up and traditional tobacco seedling

Pruning Euphorbias

 

One of our fellow gardeners was injured last year when sap got in his eye while pruning a Euphorbia during a work party, so some background information is being provided here to help people take proper precautions when handling plants from this family.

There are over 2000 species of Euphorbia including very common houseplants like crown of thorns and poinsettia. Their beauty, hardiness and ease of growing are making a lot of the varieties popular. However, with increased use of these plants, there are more people being exposed to the potential of an allergic reaction.

Euphorbia plants bleed a milky sap or latex which is highly toxic.  This sap is an irritant to the skin, nose, mouth and eyes, and can also cause severe discomfort if eaten.  If you have children of ages where all the world is a “tasting” opportunity, it may be safer not to grow euphorbia.

Many common plants like wisteria, hydrangeas, mums, English ivy, oleander and azaleas are toxic as well, but only if they are eaten. Since it the sap of the euphorbia which is toxic, people are much more likely to come in contact with it.  If you have ever had a poinsettia, you know that even breaking a single leaf off results in the milky sap gushing out from the stem.

 

Here are a few of the most common euphorbias:

Euphorbia Epithymoides      [Wikipedia]

Euphorbia Serrata       [Wikipedia]

Euphorbia Characias          [Salt Spring Gardens]

Safe handling when pruning

  • wear gloves and preferably a long sleeve shirt [the sap can stain clothing, so don’t wear your favourite one!]
  • wear eye protection
  • make sure your pruners are clean and sharp
  • have a rag or paper towel in hand to catch and help stop the flow of the sap, can take 3-4 minutes
  • dispose of the rag/paper towel carefully and quickly
  • the sap leaves a sticky residue, so be sure to clean clothing, gloves and tools thoroughly after pruning

Please treat Euphorbia plants with a healthy respect, and keep the sap away from your skin, eyes, nose and mouth.

 

 

 

European Fire Ants: alert and fact sheet

A quick but urgent reminder that one of the world’s 100 worst invasive species – European Fire Ants [Myrmica rubra] were discovered at VanDusen Garden a few years ago.  Some areas along the Arbutus corridor are already infested. These ants are aggressive and can deliver a painful sting when disturbed, though this rarely leads to allergic reaction needing medical treatment. They establish and spread colonies rapidly, and do not have obvious mounded nests, which makes them difficult to control.

European Fire Ants can be easily transferred through the movement of infested garden material. To help prevent the spread of these ants, avoid sharing soil, mulch or plants with others. Thoroughly check newly purchased plants and soil before introducing them to your garden and if there is any ant activity in it at all, do not put it in your garden.

If you are stung or uncover what may be a European Fire Ant colony in your plot:

– notify the MCG Executive immediately by emailing
– collect some ants in a sealed container, if possible, so the City of Vancouver IPM Coordinator can verify whether they are European Fire Ants and discuss the appropriate next steps with the Executive.

Please take a moment to read this fact sheet produced by VanDusen Botanical Garden, Bloedel Conservatory and Vancouver Parks and Recreation which gives detailed information on how to identify and prevent further spread of European Fire Ants.

MCG Thanks

Spring Easter borders

Maple Community Garden thanks Rosemary for all the beautiful colour around the common garden areas at the Maple Street corner.  She took time last Fall to purchase and plant bulbs and we are all enjoying her efforts – Spring is finally here!  Thank you Rosemary : )

City of Vancouver newsletter – with link to Arbutus Greenway Consultation Summary Report

Photo showing family and children cycling on Arbutus Greenway

Thank you!

In February 2017, we asked you about your vision and values for the Arbutus Greenway. We heard from you through open houses, Pop-Up City Halls, stakeholder meetings, advisory committee meetings and an online survey.

Thank you for taking the time to be part of the conversation. A few key themes emerged during our conversations. These include:

  • Provide a high-quality, accessible public space for walking and cycling.
  • Create a safe, comfortable, and welcoming destination with places for gathering, socializing, and relaxing.
  • Connect to neighbourhoods, parks, and other points of interest along the greenway, as well as the broader transportation network.
  • Keep green spaces: places for tranquility, to reconnect with nature, to grow food, and nurture ecosystems and biodiversity.

The project team will use what we heard to develop a vision for the future Arbutus Greenway, which will guide our design process over the coming months.

To learn more, the full Consultation Summary Report and a video of what we heard are available at vancouver.ca/arbutusgreenway

You can also subscribe to the newsletter by filling out the ‘Get Project Updates’ box at the bottom of their website.

 

Spring is here – it’s AGM time!

joyce 2016

joyce 2016

Spring is just around the corner, and it’s time for our Spring AGM and contract signing.

Sunday February 26th, 2017

9:00 am – noon 

  • 9:00 am – contract signing/annual fee payment [cheque preferred]
  • 9:30 – 9:55 – Seed Swap
  • 10:00 sharp – AGM begins

2229 Maple Street, between 6th/7th Avenue

 

Important:  the only alternate contract signing is

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

9:30 am (½ hour before the first work party)

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