The Latest - July 16th
Wow, the heat and humidty are dominating small talk through-out the garden and the province. With temperatures reaching the low 30s, anytime but early morning and evening in the garden is uncomfortable. Patches of rain are providing a quick shot of rainwater to crops.
The garden committee thanks everyone who came out to join the "funspeil" on Thursday. We got alot of good work done including weeding and edging. The garden looks great ahead of the Communities in Bloom judging next week. A special thank-you to David and Ed who provided us an update on the potato beetle situation. As the infestation continues, the committee is looking and additional solutions to the problem. For now, please manually remove any potato beetles from your plants and dispose of them. That's all for now!
Here is a quick update of tidbits for gardeners.
It’s that time of year again, the Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) has been spotted in the garden. Potato bugs are a major pest that can greatly stress and damage plants in the Solanaceae family. In addition to potatoes, the beetle can harm eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes.
Unfortunately, potato bugs do not respond well to pesticides. According to Michigan State University, the potato bug has resistance to 56 different pesticides.
So, what do we do as gardeners? The answer is to either squash them by hand when you see them or drown them in a water bucket. Some community gardens have had to restrict planting potatoes. Fortunately, we are not as this stage thanks to our gardeners’ efforts. If you see a bug, please remove it no matter if it’s on your plot or another plot.
Together we can keep our garden healthy and productive for years to come.
The weather has finally been in our favour after a cool and wet spring delayed planting. Most gardeners have seeded their plots for the season. The week ahead looks pleasant with highs ranging from 17-32 degrees with small pockets of rain forecasted. We're looking forward to warmer temperatures to aid in germination and further growth.
Due to recent water-line replacement in the area, gardeners may notice a slight drop in water pressure. This is expected and may persist through the season. We kindly remind gardeners that wand watering or jug watering are the only two permitted forms of watering. These methods conserve water and also eliminate the chance of the garden accidentally being flooded.
That's all for now. May you have a pleasant start to your gardening season!
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