May Workday Cancelled, Rhubarb and Asparagus

We hope everyone is staying well!

May workday cancelled

With the updated gathering restrictions in place, we are going to cancel the May workday, it is not practical to try to organize anything, and it seems that the common areas are in great shape.  So, until our next workday, please just do your best to see to any weeds in and around your plot, and review the common area tasks ( scroll a bit on ) for additional things you can do around the garden.  If the need arises before the next workday, we will send out specific requests. 

In the meantime, please remember that if you are using anything from the shed, there is also hand sanitizer you may use.  There are also some disinfecting towels, please wipe down handles etc, when you return the item to the shed.

Around the common areas

The rhubarb is coming on nicely and may be picked from now on.  Do not cut or break the stalks, but PULL them gently from the bottom.  Remember that the leaves are somewhat toxic and should not be eaten, they can go in the compost.  Please leave at least one stalk per plant.  Rhubarb can be harvested all year until fall.

The asparagus is just about ready to taste.   Do not pull this but either snap the stalk or cut with a knife near to the ground.  Take the taller stems, even if they are the thinnest, so they do not open out into ferns.   Please leave at least one emerging bud per plant or the plant will die out. This should keep producing for about 3 weeks if this procedure is followed— it is unlikely that anyone will get more than a side dish but every year it gets better.  

All asparagus harvesting should cease on May 28 unless you get a notice that the season can be extended.Thanks everyone!

Updated forms for 2021

Good morning everyone.  As promised, we have made the updates to the registration forms and garden rules.  The forms are linked here. 

They are the Rules, the Registration form and Waiver.  We do ask that you complete and return the Registration and Waiver forms.  The waiver must be acknowledged and returned before working at the garden. The registration form does also confirm you have read and acknowledge the rules.

The change to the rules this year is to the part about attendance at our common workdays.  While it is easiest for us to make progress on common tasks when gardeners can all attend together, we recognize that not all can attend, especially with Covid and corresponding health concerns.  The addition to the rules formalizes our informal practice – In the event you cannot attend a given workday, please let us know, and we will try to find you an outstanding task that can be handled individually. 

The committee will try to send reminders and request confirmation of attendance for each planned workday, and like last year, we may end up providing alternate dates to ensure we remain onside with any restrictions in place.  It really does help our planning when everyone replies to those emails!

As for payments, if your bank supports it, you can send an e-transfer to the garden email address .  It will be received by the treasurer [ Simon], in trust, and once all payments are received, he will write a cheque to the Garden, care of the Church.  The same email address will also work if you are a PayPal user.  If etransfer will not work for you, let us know, and we will find a way to coordinate accepting a cheque.  The cheque would be payable to St Barnabas Anglican Church, with a memo indicating it is for your garden registration.  The costs are the same as last year.  New gardeners will pay a $20 refundable deposit.  The fee for a full bed is $45 , and a half bed is $25.

2021 Registration and Zoom

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the 2021 gardening season.  The garden committee met recently to start planning activities for the year.  A little late compared to previous years, but just in time for the beginning of spring! 

With current gathering restrictions, we will not be holding our usual in-person kickoff and registration meeting.   Instead, we would like invite everyone to join us for a Zoom kickoff meeting.  It will be a chance to review any thoughts about last year’s season, and more importantly, reconnect with your fellow gardeners ahead of the season.

The meeting will be Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 10:00 AM-11:30 AM. The Zoom meeting details have been provided by email. Please contact us if you need them re-sent.

In the meantime, if you could please confirm, as soon as possible, preferably before the 27th, that you are still interested in keeping your plot for this year, that would be helpful.  This will let us know how many plots we have available for those on our wait list.  On that note, before we assign plots to new gardeners, there is an opportunity, first-come, first-served, for returning gardeners to switch to one of the vacant plots.  Please let us know before the meeting on the 27th, if you are interested in switching to one of 2, 5, or 7.

We will be making slight revisions to the registration forms and rules this year.  This will be mainly about how we will try to manage attendance at our workdays, given the likelihood of continues restrictions on gatherings.  Once the new forms are ready, we will let you know.  Fees will be the same this year, and as we did last year, it will be easiest to collect those by etransfer.   

Thanks everyone,