Update on the CPR Heritage Garden

Tom Galinis, our volunteer master gardener, sent an update on our CPR Heritage Garden:

1. Have re-worked the compost bins, please do not add any more items to the compost in the small bin. This one is working fine and we now have to let it “ferment” to completion. The large compost bin has been split into two. If you are facing the Boathouse – the pile on the right side of the large compost box is about complete – it too must “ferment” to completion. So…..if you have stuff to add to the compost, please pile it up on the left side of the box. Also, should you add large stuff – it should be chopped up first before laying it in the composter.

2. A reminder that I have some seedlings for the garden. I have about 20 of the Stock; about the same in Elephant’s Head Amaranth (this is a heritage flower), plus some Hyssop an old time herb used to flavour stews etc. I also have some sunflower seeds – not the dwarf ones, the tall ones.

3. In terms of veggies, the final count works out like this:

1 heritage pumpkin – “small sugar”
2 heritage squash — “Hungarian naked seed”
3 cherry tomatoes – “red cherry”

Right now these are growing under lamps indoors; I will harden them off outdoors this week and we can plant them this coming weekend. Not sure if we can plant the pumpkin near the squash but guess can think of something. As for the watermelon and cucumber and tomato, if they are not wanted at the garden, that’s fine; I can always give them away.

4. I have saved up a few milk cartons to put around these new plants to try and frustrate the slugs. Perhaps you could ask if others can save them up as well. For the squash, I will look at getting one of those copper barriers.

5. A suggestion for a job: sort through all the seeds that are in the shed and the station. Anything that is older than 3 years should be thrown out; the rest put into properly labelled containers (something that won’t retain moisture) and then put them into refrigerated storage. Keeping the seeds cool and away from hot temperatures will keep them viable for a longer time. I’m thinking that some of these seeds are not viable because they are too stressed from the storage at the Station. It is said that the best place for seeds is the freezer, keeps them from deteriorating.

6. Perhaps this weekend, if I get time, I have some fishnet for the sweet peas and will hang it up around the sweet pea area. Should give them support to grow on. A reminder that when growing sweet peas, one must keep removing the spent blooms otherwise they will not keep blooming. If we let them go to seed, they will stop blooming.

By Tom Galinis

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