Season Four has Begun!

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The winter was long and hard, and spring might have been late but the growing season has arrived. The urban gardeners have emerged and the earth has been turned over.

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The raspberries survived the cold with no troubles, and only a few herbs were lost to winter-kill.

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The compost is slowly breaking down, the plots are filling with some resting to replenish nutrients for future seasons.

Spring is here, rapidly moving towards summer.

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Tomato Time

Finally the tomatoes have begun to ripen!

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Many gardeners have had ripe tomatoes for a week or two, but I have been waiting, barely patient.

On Sunday we harvested our first delicious BrandyWines, so worth the wait.  

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Now the challenge will be to keep up.

The Great Mystery of Gardening

Today I was at the garden, to see if my tomatoes were turning, I am anticipating the taste of garden tomatoes so much.  I grew up with garden tomatoes, all the usual varieties, only veering into heritage varieties in the last 10 years.

What I didn’t grow up with were root vegetables home-grown.  

Last year I tried carrots for the first time, with mixed and strange-looking results.

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This year I was encouraged to try again, and I am so glad I did.  Although I wish I had tried the Okra some gardeners have, or the melons, I am excited about my carrots.  The anticipation of pulling, wondering if it will be straight or crooked.  Will it be wormy?  Things that grow under the earth are mysterious.  

I am pleased to report, that so far my 2013 carrots have been straight and mostly beautiful.  

How has your garden been growing?

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Summer 2013 is Growing Well

After a slow and wet start, this gardening season is well under way. We have many returning gardeners and some new faces in the garden, and it has been great seeing people out watering, harvesting and weeding.

There have been more than our share of weeds.  Last Saturday some brave souls met to attempt to clear some of them from the fallow plots and pathways.

My intention is to blog weekly, and upload photos as a kind of visual garden journal.  If any other members would like to submit an entry, please email it to:  gageparkgarden[at]hotmail[dot]com  and I will upload it.

My name is Lois and I am 2nd year gardener at Gage Park Community Garden. I came to the garden because of a shady, tiny back yard with aggressive squirrels. So far they haven’t followed me to the park.

Some photos from Canada Day:

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Fall Clean-up

Hello Everyone,

We will be doing our last work day at the garden on November the 18th from 12 noon until about 3 or 4pm. We’ll be tearing down the rest of the community plots as well as the plots of those who have not cleaned up their plots by then. We have ordered loaner equipment from the Hamilton Community Garden Network so we’ll have all the equipment we might need.

Date: Sunday November 18th

Time: Noon until 3 or 4pm

Mulberry Stick Hoop House Experiment

Gardener Greg is extending the growing season with his custom built mulberry stick hoop house.
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The following images will provide a glimpse of what was involved in the construction from start to finish.
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At the time of this writing, the eve of Frankenstorm Sandy, the mulberry stick hoop house is still intact. Inside are planted peas, lettuce, spinach and radish. There are also a couple tomato plants that survived the killer frost with ripening fruit on the vine, some radish and carrot going to seed and even a flame lettuce plant that has already gone to seed producing new leaves.

A Big Thanks To Threshold Building School!

Many thanks to the good folks at Threshold Building School in Hamilton for building us an awesome shed. Threshold is a practical learning school that teaches at-risk–youth in Hamilton the basics of the construction industry. With financial support from Councilors Bernie Morelli and Sam Merulla, the Hamilton Community Garden Network, Tuscan Masonic Lodge #551 and a generous discount from Arruda’s Hardware we were able to obtain all the necessary building materials. This building project is a great example of how a community can come together to achieve success!

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