It is August already, my membership friends. I can hardly believe it! I am always so pumped about horticultural this time of year.
The season is almost over; and, yet all the hard work is about to be worth it. Over the next couple months, all my hours grubbing around in the dirt and weeding will give me a huge return. Last night, for example, my family had beans from our tiny Square Foot Garden for dinner. They were amazing.
I, also, just got back from the Ontario Horticultural Association AGM and Convention that I attended with Sharlene Desjardins (our President) and Marion Thompson (our Secretary). It was held in Cornwall this year. I learned about tree pruning, canning, eco-gardening, insects, which are the best foods to grow at home, the villages that were lost to the creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway, and Upper Canada Village. My team won at Trivia and I made a bunch of new friends. I bought myself 4 pieces of beautiful art and won a jar of peach jam. It was tonnes of fun. This was my second year going and I will be going again. And you can come, too! Every member of our society is invited to attend Convention. Next year’s Convention is in Ancaster, Ontario near Hamilton. If you are interested, let us know.
So many great things are going to be happening over the next two months: our farm tour of Wellspring Gardens, our first lecture/workshop in our Your Kids in Your Nature series, the flower and vegetable show and more. I am so excited. And you can read more about these events at he bottom of this newsletter.
As it now August, we recommend that you should:
– Do a second (or third) sowing of radishes, spinach, lettuce and onions.
– Harvest all the delicious ripe vegetable and fruit from your garden, fruiting bushes and orchard. (My “orchard” consists of a single apple tree that has 4 varieties grafted on!)
– Deadhead your flowers regularly. It makes your whole garden look a lot
better and you end up getting more flowers for longer that way!
– Seed any patchy or new areas of your lawn. Remember to water it regularly. We recommend that you water early in the morning. This means between 4 and 9 a.m., but don’t water that whole time, either. Generally, about half an hour of watering with an oscillating sprinkler is more than enough. I mention the type of sprinkler because an established lawn is best watered with a pulsating sprinkler, while using a pulsating sprinkler on newly seeded areas just washes the seeds away. Remember, too, to check the weather forecast: you don’t need to water if it has rained recently or will be raining soon.
As mentioned at the top of this newsletter, we have some great events coming up in August and September:
On Sunday, August 24th, 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 and will involve a talk entitled “Shifting Perspective: Viewing Your Nature Through a New Lens” followed by a guided a walk around town learning about and practising urban foraging skills.
On September 13th, there will be two Farm Tours at Wellspring Gardens (228 Leader Road). They are from 1-2:30 pm and 3-4:30 pm. Pre-registration is required. Just let me know if you want to join us, but do it soon. Spaces are limited and they are filling up fast! Note: We regret that dogs are not welcome on these tours.
Also, keep your calendar open for Saturday, September 6th for the Fall Flower and Vegetable Show. More information will be available very soon.
Note too that the deadline for the photo contest is coming up soon. All photos are due September 15, 2014. I will be sending out a separate email to remind everyone of the rules tomorrow.
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 and hope to see you at an event soon!