August Already??!!

The summer certainly does fly by.  The Garden is looking fantastic thanks to our amazing teams and volunteers.  We have harvested some of the plots and replanted.  Gorgeous radish, onion, beets and baby potatoes were sent to the Food Bank, with yields totaling 225kg so far!  Added to that will be the second harvest of plots as well as our potato and corn fields! Image

We have been battling the ever so frisky Colorado Potato Beetles.  A number of our plants in the centre of the potato patch have been annihilated so we harvested the wee gems.  The last of the beetles will soon be looking for a place to burrow down for the winter (jerks) and our remaining lovely plants will get a break.  Here is hoping we have time to fertilize them in the coming week.


The corn field is reaching for the sky and so were the weeds until recently.  Last Sunday we put a call out for volunteers to come to their rescue.  Getting down low in the corn field means being eaten by mosquitoes as well as enduring a significant temperature increase!  Some teams spent extra time after their weekly plot maintenance to tackle them.

Progress - Arrested Development

Liberating the Corn - Bookworms

Just when we feel certain we have gotten them all, we spy an overlooked thick jungle that needs to be addressed.  You can really see where old house foundations vs gardens existed in the past.  We fertilized the struggling stalks with some compost tea today so hopefully they will catch up to their buddies who are starting to grow silks.  We have had some pretty crazy storms lately and as a result we often arrive in the morning to find much of the corn pushed over but after a day or two they seem to find their way back to the sun.



What else, what else.....we have some monster tomato plants and our squash, cucumber and pumpkin are loving life and starting to produce fruit.  At the centre of the garden is a growing bean pole tipi looking lush and soon to be filled with pods.


In Closing:

While out for a walk the other day I came across this boulevard with raised beds.  Someone was growing tomatoes and zucchini and greens etc.  I then heard a sweet, very concerned, voice ask if I worked for the City.  This little lady was the Gorilla Gardener responsible for the raised beds and was she proud, rightfully so!!  What an amazing city we live in Saskatoon!


Public Produce

Meanwhile, back at the Food Bank..

With a couple of rainy days ahead that would keep us from the garden we turned our attention to urban ag projects at the Saskatoon Food Bank on Ave C South.  Repurposing and upcycling old cinder blocks into a creative planter, yes please!  The Habitat for Humanity Restore gave us a deal on a pallet of cinder blocks and Gerry kindly delivered them across the street with the forklift.  In order to stack them we would need to remove the old mortar that was on....all four sides??!!  We hadn't thought about that:(  Next - to enhance stability we used Liquid Nails to adhere them all together.  The areas open for planting (above ground level) got some chicken wire covered in landscaping fabric wedged into the bottom.  We were then able to start planting in them!

We read an article saying that if you blend up some yogurt, moss and a bit of sugar, paint on a wooden or concrete surface & keep it moist it should grow into lush green graffiti. We decided to write encouraging mesages with this concoction on our beautiful cedar planter boxes made by Core Neighbourhood Youth Coop.

Fingers Crossed!!