Winter Gardening work-shop Aug 30th 5:30 to 7:30 2012

Summer is coming to a close so it’t time to put in your winter garden.

The folks at Fresh Roots are the experts that are putting on this work-shop.

When: Aug 30 530 to 7:30 pm

Where MOBY Garden 1735 East 11th (2 blocks for the Broadway Sky train)

Workshop by donation.

Please RSVP by emailing:, we want to have enough materials.




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Looking for more East Van Local Heroes! By July 20th

Yes we are now in our 3rd year of celebrating East Van Heroes!  We are calling on YOU the community our peeps for nominations of local heroes. Those great people that have made East Van a better, cooler more amazing place to live.

On June 6th 2009 we honoured Stg Larry Young a police officer who died in the line of duty and on June 5th 2010 we were please to honour two more heroes: Matt Hern one of the the founders of Car Free Vancouver and the Purple Thistle and Eileen Mosca an artist and extraordinary volunteer.  On August 11th 2012 we will be honouring 2 more heroes unveiling a plaque in their name at the Larry Young Park and Local Hero’s pathway at 1736 East 11th Ave in Vancouver.

We are excepting nominations until 5 pm July 20th 2011

The rules are simple:

  • The nominee needs to have affected East Vancouver in a positive way.
  • Tell us their story in 250 words or less.
  • We will need the names and contact information of the 2 people nominating the local hero. These nominators can request to remain anonymous.
  • A person can only nominate 1 person per year.
  • Nominations must be in by 5pm July20th 2012. Emailed to nominee‘s name will remain in the contention for the Local Hero’s Pathway Award for 3 years after the nomination.

The nominee can be alive today or have past. Please think about all the people in your neighbourhood who make a difference.  This is an award to celebrate the unsung heroes.

This year’s Hero’s will be honours at a street dinner August 11th 2012.

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Garden tasks for June

Harvest: radish, beetroot, broad beans, arugula, carrots, herbs, onions, red current, strawberries, turnips, peas, French beans.

Plant: cabbages, cauliflowers

Protect: brassicas

Sow: beetroot, carrots, radishes, rocket/arugula , spinach, spring onions, dwarf French beans

Pot up: strawberry runners


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Garden Tasks for May

Plant: basil, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflowers, celery, cucumber, dwarf French beans, leeks, runner beans, tomatoes (late May).

Protect: peas, beans, strawberries.

Sow: beans, beetroots, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, parsnip, pumpkin, lettuce, peas, radishes, rocket/arugula, spinach, spring onions, sprouting broccoli, sweet corn, turnips.

Put up: runner bean frame work

Remove: summer-fruiting raspberry flowers

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May happenings in the garden

May is here! We have an upcoming work party on Thursday May 10 from 1-4pm, a great chance to get some volunteer hours in.  Also, the Local Hero’s Dinner planning committee is meeting on Tuesday, May 8.  This would also count towards volunteer hours.

Check out the May newsletter for more information on May events, a great spring-time recipe, and more!  Here is a link to the May newsletter: MOBY May 2012 Newsletter.

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EYA: Seed Swap April 14 10 am to 1pm

Bring your favourite seeds to swap with fellow gardeners. Or if you have no seeds to trade, come anyway! There are lots of seeds for everyone!

At the garden house (“Eco-Pavilion”) in the Strathcona Community Garden in Vancouver, near corner of Hawks Ave & Prior St.

Saturday April 14, 2012 10am – 1pm

Cost: FREE

If you haven’t been to the garden house in the Strathcona Community Garden, check out the map ( as it can be tricky to find the first time.

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Amazing Dirt sale! March 17th at MOBY Garden

With spring around the corner, My Own Backyard Garden is pleased to offer a rich, black soil/compost blend to gardeners.  It is called black gold, anything can grow in it.

Come support a local CommunityGarden !


WHEN:  Saturday, March 17 – 12-3 pm only

WHERE:  MOBY garden – 1735 East 11th Avenue (off of Commercial Drive)

HOW:  Bring your own bag/wheelbarrow and shovel yourself.


$4 per bag OR $5 per wheelbarrow (it’s a steal), so don’t wait till the last minute because this stuff won’t last long!


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March Newsletter

Check it out!  Link to MOBY March 2012 Newsletter.

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Upcoming courses at Langara for organic gardeners.

For details on these course, please visit:


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Starting from Seed work-shop & Seed exchange Feb 26

When: Feb 26 2012  @ 10:30 am
> Where: MOBY garden 1735 East 11th Ave
> What: Learn to start from Seed. Get that tomato plant for pennies  instead of $3.00+ at the garden center. Learn what is best to  direct seed or  start indoors.

Tina was  raised on a hobby farm in Ontario and has been a  member of MOBY  garden for 7  years… Tina has good practical advice.
> Fee: Suggested donation $5
> Cylia from the Cedar Cottage Seed Saving Collective will be on  site to ask about seed saving.
> Please forward to your friends.

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