July Newsletter

Happy Canada Day, Membership!

As it now July, we recommend that you start really enjoying the early summer and late spring flowers and crops. I know that my family have been gorging on strawberries from our berry garden. But as always there are gardening chores to be done. In July, you should:

– Deadhead your flowers regularly. It makes your whole garden look a lot better and you end up getting more flowers for longer that way!
– Stake up any tall perennials like delphiniums and peonies
– If you use chemicals, be sure to dust your roses this month.
– Adjust your lawnmower height. I keep our reel mower blades set to cut the grass at about 12 cm. My husband likes it more like 8 cm. It is a personal preference thing; so consider experimenting a little.
-Turn that compost. Do this often.
– And weed, Weed, WEED!!

We have some great events coming up in July:

On Friday, July 4 My daughter and I will be planting our newest plants for Incredible Edible at our IE garden on the corner of McElligott and St. Mary’s Lane from 12:45 to 2:00 p.m. All of our new plants (herbs, tomatoes, onions, garlic, flowers and peppers) have been donated by Fleury’s Valu-Mart. Thank you so much, Mr. Fluery, we are very grateful. Some of these plants will be going in as part of the edible landscaping and others will be out first additions to the Food Forest effort.

On Wednesday, July 9 from 6:30 – 8 pm Part 11 of the Vegetable Gardening Workshop Tour will be at 21 Spruce Street (Gary & Freda Van Drunen’s home).
On Sunday, July 20 the Summer Garden Tour will be going on from 11 am to 3 pm. Call Tour Co-ordinator Susan Miller at 613-584-1231 or keep your eyes open for more e-mails for more information!

On Sunday, July 27 there are two Farm Tours scheduled at Wellspring Gardens (228 Leader Road). They are from 1-2:30 pm and 3-4:30 pm. Pre-registration is required. Call Sheila Selby at 613-401-0879 to register or for more info. Note: We regret that dogs are not welcome on these tours.

Note, too, that we have some amazing events booked in August and September, too! We will be starting our 3-part lecture series, “Your Kids in Your Nature: Connecting Children with Outdoor Play and Garden Spaces.” The first lecture will be a family event on August 24th and will involve a talk entitled “Shifting Perspective: Viewing Your Nature Through a New Lens” and a walk around town learning about and practising urban foraging skills. Also, keep your calendar open for Saturday, September 6th for the Fall Flower and Vegetable Show.

If anyone is looking to buy 2014/2015 Deep River and Area Horticultural Society Memberships, they are available at The Olive Tree, downtown Deep River.

Have a great month!

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