It’s June and that means it’s time to think about your winter garden. Yes, that’s right: if you want to extend your vegetable harvest into the fall and even right through the winter, you need to start planning for it now. The biggest mistake new gardeners make is not starting early enough.
Dads and gardening go together for me, and I suspect many of you have (or had) Dad’s with a love for all things growing. Sunday, June 16 is Father’s Day, so if your father loves gardens, drop by Dig This during the week for the perfect garden-y gift.
If you’re growing hard neck garlic like the terrific local garlic Dig This sells every fall, you’ve probably noticed the “curlicue” tops or “scapes” that are forming at the top of the plants. Here’s our recipe for yummy Garlic Pesto.
As gardeners, it’s hard not to notice our changing climate. Cooler, wetter springs and drier, hotter summers. We will need to adapt what and how we grow but we also need to do everything we can to slow climate change and mitigate its negative impacts. We’re not powerless: we can act. We can conserve water, stop using gas-powered tools, protect biodiversity through native species, use organic fertilizers and adapt by growing plants more suitable to our changing climate.
It’s easy to say “the small things I do won’t change the world”, but in fact they will if enough of us take heart, get serious, change our behaviour and demand our governments act now.
Elizabeth Cull, Franchise President
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If you’re wondering why there’s a picture of snow on vegetables in the June newsletter, it’s because now is the time to plan for your winter garden. If you want to harvest food throughout the fall and into next year, you need to plan and plant now.