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Our 2024 Membership is Complete!

12 new gardeners were welcomed to the garden in May. Coquitlam River Community Garden now has 337 members + 157 associate members who are cultivating 581 plots this season.

Saturday 25th Work Party 11am-1pm Drop-In

Sign Up for jobs when you arrive

Work Party Jobs

▪ Food Bank Plots Bed Prep & Planting.
▪ Weedeating: If you have your own weed-eater, please bring it. Many areas to be trimmed.
▪ Composter and Raised Beds Repairs In N4 hedgerow. Drills needed! Boards & Screws will be supplied.
▪ Berry Border Weeding Take a section of the berry border to weed and apply wood chips and manure. This is difficult work!
▪ Grape Border Apply Woodchips.
▪ N1 Hedgerow Silver Nettle and more...
Food Bank Plots Bed Prep & Planting.
Weedeating: If you have your own weed-eater, please bring it. Many areas to be trimmed.
Composter and Raised Beds Repairs In N4 hedgerow. Drills needed! Boards & Screws will be supplied.
Berry Border Weeding Take a section of the berry border to weed and apply wood chips and manure. This is difficult work!
Grape Border Apply Woodchips.
N1 Hedgerow Silver Nettle and more...

Available during Work Parties

Committees/Tasks /Jobs recruitment table
*Seeds for Sale (click to see what's available)
* Manure Tickets
* Membership Cards
* Whistles may be purchased for $1

We are recruiting

We need 9 to 12 volunteers for our Lawn Trimming Crew! Each member will be responsible for their own "Trimming Area" eight to nine times per year. Each "Trimming Shift" should take no longer than an hour and will have a ten-day window to be completed.

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Youth In The Garden

Kwikwetlem First Nation children and youth came to the garden to plant some special "Ozette" Potato tubers. They were installed in the Children’s garden beside the pagoda.
The kids are excited to return in June to plant the Pumpkin patch in the food bank area.

Seasonal Reminders

Invasive Plants

Reminder to keep up with your weeds and trim the edges surrounding your plot! It is important to have them removed (especially Invasive plants such as Morning Glory, Horsetail or Comfrey ) so they do not spread.

Follow the 2024 CFCG Guidelines (pg.4) to avoid shading your neighbours. Tall plants to consider are sunflowers, raspberries, corn, etc.

No use of:
* black plastic or plastic tarps
* loose fitting or 'invisibile' netting (hazardous for birds)
* rubber tires
* treated lumber

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Tips for Seeding

Did you know you can use cornstarch to reduce the need for thinning and keep seeds moist until they germinate? Here's how:

1. Presoak 1 pkg of carrot seeds in a small amount of water.
2. Make a paste out of cornstarch with 1 cup water & 2 tbsp cornstarch.
3. Heat the mixture until it thickens (don't boil) and allow to cool completely.
4. Put the paste into a ziplock or icing bag and mix in the soaked seeds, squishing to combine.
5. Cut the corner of the bag and squeeze the seed gel into shallow soil trenches.
6. Cover gently with soil and water-in.
1. Presoak 1 pkg of carrot seeds in a small amount of water.
2. Make a paste out of cornstarch with 1 cup water & 2 tbsp cornstarch.
3. Heat the mixture until it thickens (don't boil) and allow to cool completely.
4. Put the paste into a ziplock or icing bag and mix in the soaked seeds, squishing to combine.
5. Cut the corner of the bag and squeeze the seed gel into shallow soil trenches.
6. Cover gently with soil and water-in.

Click here for video instructions.

Upcoming Dates

Sat. May 25, 11am - 1pm Work Party
Sun. June 2, 10am - 12 noon Work Party

Important Information (Calendar, 2024 Guidelines, Bylaws, Code of Conduct) is on cfcg.ca on the Member documents tab.

We acknowledge that we garden on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem First Nation). We thank the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm who continue to live on these lands and care for them, along with the waters and all that is above and below

 
 
 
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