Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Making a newspaper seedling pot

Here's how to make a seedling pot out of newspaper. The whole pot can be planted in the garden, and breaks down over the growing season.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Demonstration Drip Irrigation

As promised, I've installed a working drip irrigation system in my garden plot. Feel free to try it out, but please don't let it run too long (less than five minutes) as I don't want the plants overwatered.

My plot is in the southwest quadrant of the garden, just south of the western common space. It's a single-decker, but has a raised portion in the centre for carrots. The small black hoses running among the plants would normally be buried for appearance, but I've left them visible so that everyone can see how the system works. I've also used a variety of water emitters just to show what's available, but will change that as some aren't suitable for what I have planted.

Here are some photos.

To try out the system, turn on the yellow circular switch on the right-hand side above the hose with the metal coil around it. In a completed system, this would be on all the time, but there's a dribble coming from my setup and I haven't fixed it yet, so turn it off when you're done.

Here's the feeder hose running into the ground. From here, it runs to my plot under the gravel.

And here's the feeder hose reappearing at my plot. Notice the green shut-off handle. This is how you turn the water on and off at each plot.

This is a 1/4" soaker hose running through my potatoes. These will eventually be buried as I mound soil, and there will be less water lost to evaporation.

This is a variable-flow mister over my carrot seeds. The flow rate can be increased and decreased depending on need. When the carrots have sprouted, I'll switch this to something similar to the soaker hose.

This is a fixed mister over my radishes, the rate of flow cannot be changed. This will also be changed once the seeds sprout.

This emitter is a small spectrum sprayer that I have among my tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini. It sprays several jets and is suitable for larger plants.

Another spectrum sprayer.

A soaker running down the middle of my lettuce. I may change this to an inline dripper instead, a tube that drips water every six inches.

And a reminder to switch off the system on the right side of the faucet splitter when you're done. Also a reminder that this kind of irrigation system avoids hose tangles.

So there you have it. Comments and questions from members should be posted on the APCG Google Group. Let me know what you think.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Minutes of the May 2010 meeting

Minutes of the Adanac Park Community Garden Society meeting of May 13th, 2010

Present - Stuart Morris, Jeff Smith, John Van Akkor, Sonja Oldershaw, Ian Buck, Nancy McRitchie, Toni Chubb, Shannon Zander, Sue Uustal, Kristina Zerr, Marilee Dahl, Pam Knott, Helen Clarke, Betty Huynh, Naomi Rouleau

Call to Order, 7PM

Motion to approve the agenda - M/S/C

Nancy McRitchie reported on recent developments.

  • A proposal has been made to the Park Board Proposal. Stuart Morris will email a copy to members.
  • Four funding proposals have been submitted
  • $2000 has been raised in two grants for the fence
  • A funding proposal for a shed has been turned down
  • A proposal has been made to New Horizons for Seniors for 90 tons of gravel. The proposal will be pending until July or August
  • Nancy has received several letters of support from various community groups

Motion to form a design committee - M/S/C. Members interesting in being on the committee to meet after the main meeting to organize.

Motion that the membership direct the design committee to draft recommendations regarding the common space layout in the garden and present it at the June 10th 2010 meeting - M/S/C

Motion to form a fund-raising committee - M/S/C. Members interesting in being on the committee to meet after the main meeting to organize.

Nancy provided an overview of the draft society guidelines.

Motion to adopt the draft society guidelines in principle - M/S/C

Motion to adjourn - M/S/C

Friday, April 9, 2010

Garden plot and number images

On the April 8th meeting of the society, the membership approved the number of plots at 56 and the dimensions of the plots at 4' x 18' x 8". Here are some images illustrating this (note that the layout has not been decided on yet, this layout is just for purposes of illustration).

Here's what a garden gnome looks like in one of the plots:

And here's the dimensions of the garden overlaid on the actual garden site:

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Upcoming events at Village Vancouver

There are a number of seminars coming up on Saturay, April 10th 2010 at Langara College that would be of interest to community gardeners. For a full description and to RSVP, go to Village Vancouver's events page.

Seed saving is the missing link in food security. In our current climate of seed patenting and ownership, it's important that our communities retain their knowledge about how to properly save seeds. We'll talk about the politics and the joy of seed saving, learn basic skills, and discuss the creation of neighbourhood seed saving collectives throughout Vancouver. Your donation includes a copy of The Five Levels of Seed Saving by Terry Klokeid. (Copies of Robin's brand new booklet Grow Your Own Seed Collective will also be available for $10.) Part of Spring Cultivating Food, Cultivating Neighbourhoods series.

City dwellers have many skills and resources all around them, but may not have a mechanism for organizing and drawing on those skills at the times when they're most needed.

We'll look at how the sharing of resources takes place so easily in rural communities, and how this can be applied to building a wider community in an urban area and the valuable support it can provide. Part of Spring Cultivating Food, Cultivating Neighbourhoods series.

The Whys and Wherefores of food cycles - why we want them and how to get them. We will plan round the calendar food supplies, both in the larder and stored in the garden.

Part of the proceeds will help support SPEC's School Gardens Project.

Food storage is missing from our modern habit and building design. We will discuss food preservation (tubers, grains, onions, etc.) and how to choose locations for many food types so that appropriate storage areas can be created in apartments and houses. We'll also examine common problems and strategies to reduce waste.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Food Gardening Workshops With Grant Wilson

Grant Wilson is a former organic farmer and has been teaching gardening to adults and children since 2003. He also operates an edible landscaping business www.gourmetgardens.ca He has a number of upcoming workshops that might be of interest to Adanac Park Community Gardeners at a very reasonable price. Workshop schedule is here.