Posts tagged Garden

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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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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Harvesting Garlic 101

When to Dig and Harvest Your Garlic Bulbs

Once the tops of your garlic plants start to die back and turn a bit golden, it might just be time to  harvest.

When you see the leaves starting to decline (droop a bit), stop watering. I know this is impossible if it rains, but do the best you can. This dry  spell will help to cure the garlic.

When to harvest garlic is a judgment call, but basically it’s ready to go when the lower leaves start to brown. I check by digging a few bulbs and if it looks the right size on 2 or 3 I start digging them all out; or at least the ones I plant at the same time. I plant garlic from October to January. The taste of yummy garlic seems to have me planting more garlic later in the season. Really can you plant too much garlic?

Harvesting too soon will give you smaller cloves that don’t store well. Leave the bulbs in the ground too long and the cloves may be bursting out of their skins, making them unstorable and open to disease.

How to Harvest Garlic

Always dig your garlic, never try and pull it. You may have planted a small clove, but the bulb is now several inches deep with a strong root system.

I either use a fork to a small trowel. The fork helps me loosen the soil and shake free the bulbs. A sliced bulb can still be used, but it can’t be stored.

Prepping your garlic for storage:

  • Brush off any soil clinging to the bulbs. Leave the stalks and roots on the bulbs, while they dry. I just them lay on my patio table… check the weather report for no rain.
  • Allow the bulbs to cure, or dry, for three to four weeks in either a well-ventilated room or a dry, shady spot outside. Sunlight can change the flavour of fresh garlic.
  • Once the tops and roots have dried they can be cut off.
  • You can also further clean the bulbs by removing the outer skins. Just be careful not to expose any of the cloves.

How to Store Garlic

Keep your garlic is a cool (32 degrees F – 40 degrees F) dark place where it will still get some air circulation. Braiding and hanging garlic is a good way to keep it, but don’t hang it in the kitchen, where it will be in bright light. You could also store your garlic in a mesh bag or dish.

Softneck varieties of garlic can be stored for 6 – 8 months. Check periodically to make sure it is not going soft or sprouting.

Hardneck varieties may dry out, sprouting or go soft within 2-4 months. Keeping hardnecks at 32oF sometimes helps them survive for up to 7 months without deteriorating.

Enjoy your Garlic!

Thank you to all the sources that have such great info are garlic harvesting.





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East Van Garden Tour 2011 June 19th

The East Van Garden Tour is happening Sunday June 19 (Father’s Day), from 10am – 4pm. It is a great tour, with more than a dozen home gardens (mostly flowers, but some veggies too) and community green spaces, all walking distance from Figaro’s Garden Centre at 3rd and Victoria. Now in its eighteenth year, the tour is a fundraiser for Britannia Neighbours, Green Streets members who maintain the Napier Greenway at Britannia Community Centre.

Tickets only
$10 per person. Pre-regist ration encouraged. Call 604-718-5800  visit the Britannia Community Centre Info Centre (1661 Napier Street). On the day of the tour, there will be a limited number of tickets (cash only) at Figaro’s Garden Centre (1896 Victoria Drive).

On the day of the tour go to Figaro’s to pick up your map, enjoy some refreshments and then head out at your own pace. All gardens are within comfortable walking distance. Gardeners will be home to answer questions about their plants and gardens. A Master Gardener will also be on site.

Here’s a tip. Most people arrive right around 10am, so there’s a lot of people touring at the start. Avoid the rush and come a bit later. You can also head over to Commercial Drive before or after the tour to take in Car Free Day!  
Note that most gardens are not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Children must be either babes-in-arms or 12 yrs or older. Pets are not allowed. Photos are allowed only with the garden owner’s permission.

For more info  and neat pictures check out


The EVGT Committee of Britannia Neighbours

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June 7th and 12th- making Garden look great!

Hello Neighbours, fellow gardeners and fantastic vollonteers!

Many things to do @ the garden and playground so we will have 2 workparties in June!

Tuesday June 7th 6pm to 7:30pm Hosted by Tina

Sunday June 12th 12 noon to 2pm (staggered with the mosaic workshop)  Hosted by Tara

@ MOBY Garden, Larry Young Playground and Local heros pathway 1735 East 11th Ave

This is a great time to meet your fellow gardeners and neighbours.    Learn all the things we have forgotten as city dwellers, weeding, planting, composting… and just digging in the dirt… I promise it is fun and good for the soul!

See you there!

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Home Grown” exhibition &; photo contest

FarmFolk/CityFolk and the Museum of Vancouver on a photography contest and
a 4 month exhibition called “Home Grown”. It would be great if you and
your community garden members would submit photos in the contest and be
involved with the exhibition.

Home Grown Photography Contest: site:

The winner of the photo contest has their image in the exhibition and at
the same time they take home $500 worth of Vancouver Farmers Market
produce and products. Below is some information on the exhibition and
attached is a contest promotion.

Please passing this on to other garden members and your community network.

With thanks,   Brian


FarmFolk/CityFolk Society and The Museum of Vancouver open the 4 month
photography exhibition, Home Grown! on August 26, 2010. For the past 3
years international award-winning photographer Brian Harris has focused
his camera on local sustainable farming and Vancouver’s urban agriculture
scene. The 40 images on display in Home Grown! portray our local farms,
farmers and urban growers with Brian’s characteristic hopeful and intimate
cultural style of portraiture. The photographs act as a spring board for
an in depth exploration of many critical issues related to sustainable
farming and the exploding phenomena of urban food production. Come and be
inspired and engaged by what many local farmers, urban growers and
localvores are doing to return our society to a more sustainable and
healthy relationship with our earth and food.

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