“Save Cottonwood Gardens” Open House

Save Cottonwood Gardens

Open House

Sunday July 14, 2013

Malkin & Raymur Ave (Strathcona Park)


Free – All Welcome


Food, music, garden tours and workshops, honey bees, native bees, children’s area, plant draw and more.


Info 604-215-5580


Facebook: Save Cottonwood Community Garden



Seed Sale in East Van supports African HIV project

On Saturday May 11th Turn to the Sun will be hosting a seed sale in East Van. Please visit their website for information.


“Turn to the Sun is a Vancouver, BC based non-profit group of nurses, friends, school children and families committed to raising funds which support community based HIV/AIDS projects in Africa.”


Thanks to T. for the info.

Marijke’s Tree

Thaks to Caer at Grant Street for sending us the following:

Last year, 2011, in spring, our dear neighbour at Grant Street, Marijke Nap, passed away. She was a gardener, and artist. In remembrance of her we acquired an Akebono cherry tree. We had hoped to plant it somewhere in our co-op but it seems that it’s a bit too big for any of our sites. So, if we don’t find a place for it we would like to donate it to a new community garden at Woodland Park in the spring of 2013. Jillian McClennan has been in touch with them and they are interested.

The tree, Prunus x yedoensis “Akebono”, means daybreak or dawn in Japanese and is a member of the Rosaceae family. According to one website, the tree dates back to 1920, when the W.B. Clarke & Co. Nursery in San Jose, California developed it from a seeding. Apparently it does particularly well in coastal areas of the Pacific Northwest with dazzling displays of large blooms usually beginning in April. Also the blossoms are quite fragrant. As the tree ages the pink flower petals fade slightly then turn white before they fall. The tree produces fleshy, round, black fruit of less than 1 inch in diameter that birds enjoy. In the fall the leaves turn golden yellow with orange tints. At maturity the Akebono is between 25 and 35 feet in height with a spread of 25 to 40 feet

Photos: That’s a park in Portland with all the trees. I thought it might be nice to see what they look like in full bloom. Also included is a drawing of it from a website.


Forewarned is Forearmed: Veggies Owned by Monsanto

 from http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2012/02/forewarned-is-forearmed-veggie-varieties-owned-by-monsanto/

IF YOU ARE THE KIND OF GARDENER who buys vegetable seeds or seedlings (including tomato plants) from a local garden center, as I sometimes do, beware the varieties you select. Otherwise, you could very well be putting money into the hands of the wretched Monsanto Corporation. Forewarned is forearmed, right? Here is the list of Seminis/Monsanto home-garden vegetable varieties, and yes, it even includes zucchini: I’m going to print out this list, and keep a copy in my wallet. This way I won’t be caught off-guard the next time I decide to impulse-shop at a big-box garden center:

Beans: Aliconte, Brio, Bronco, Cadillac, Ebro, Etna, Eureka, Festina, Gina, Goldmine, Goldenchild, Labrador, Lynx, Magnum, Matador, Spartacus, Storm, Strike, Stringless Blue Lake 7, Tapia, Tema

Broccoli: Coronado Crown, Major, Packman

Cabbage: Atlantis, Golden Acre, Headstart, Platinum Dynasty, Red Dynasty

Carrot: Bilbo, Envy, Forto, Juliana, Karina, Koroda PS, Royal Chantenay, Sweetness III

Cauliflower: Cheddar, Minuteman Cucumber: Babylon, Cool Breeze Imp., Dasher II, Emporator, Eureka, Fanfare HG, Marketmore 76*, Mathilde, Moctezuma, Orient Express II, Peal, Poinsett 76, Salad Bush, Sweet Slice, Sweet Success PS, Talladega

Eggplant: Black Beauty, Fairytale, Gretel, Hansel, Lavender Touch, Twinkle, White Lightening

Hot Pepper: Anaheim TMR 23, Ancho Saint Martin, Big Bomb, Big Chile brand of Sahuaro, Caribbean Red, Cayenne Large Red Thick, Chichen Itza, Chichimeca, Corcel, Garden Salsa SG, Habanero, Holy Mole brand of Salvatierro, Hungarian Yellow Wax Hot, Ixtapa X3R, Lapid, Mariachi brand of Rio de Oro, Mesilla, Milta, Mucho Nacho brand of Grande, Nainari, Serrano del Sol brand of Tuxtlas, Super Chile, Tam Vera Cruz

Lettuce: Braveheart, Conquistador

Melon: Early Dew, Sante Fe, Saturno

Onion: Candy, Cannonball, Century, Red Zeppelin, Savannah Sweet, Sierra Blanca, Sterling, Vision

Pumpkin: Applachian, Harvest Moon, Jamboree HG, Orange Smoothie, Phantom, Prize Winner, Rumbo, Snackface, Spirit, Spooktacular, Trickster

Spinach: Hellcat

Squash: Ambassador, Canesi, Clarita, Commander, Dixie, Early Butternut, Gold Rush, Grey Zucchini, Greyzini, Lolita, Papaya Pear, Peter Pan, Portofino, President, Richgreen Hybrid Zucchini, Storr’s Green, Sungreen, Sunny Delight, Taybelle PM Sweet

Corn: Devotion, Fantasia, Merit, Obession, Passion, Temptation

Sweet Pepper: Baron, Bell Boy, Big Bertha PS, Biscayne, Blushing Beauty, Bounty, California Wonder 300, Camelot, Capistrano, Cherry Pick, Chocolate Beauty, Corno Verde, Cubanelle W, Dumpling brand of Pritavit, Early Sunsation, Flexum, Fooled You brand of Dulce, Giant Marconi, Gypsy, Jumper, Key West, King Arthur, North Star, Orange Blaze, Pimiento Elite, Red Knight, Satsuma, Socrates, Super Heavyweight, Sweet Spot

Tomato: Amsterdam, Beefmaster, Betterboy, Big Beef, Burpee’s Big Boy, Caramba, Celebrity, Cupid, Early Girl, Granny Smith, Health Kick, Husky Cherry Red, Jetsetter brand of Jack, Lemon Boy, Margharita, Margo, Marmande VF PS, Marmara, Patio, Phoenix, Poseidon 43, Roma VF, Royesta, Sun Sugar, Super Marzano, Sweet Baby Girl, Tiffany, Tye-Dye, Viva Italia, Yaqui

Watermelon: Apollo, Charleston Grey, Crimson Glory, Crimson Sweet, Eureka, Jade Star, Mickylee, Olympia

* Marketmore 76 is a very old cucumber-variety. If you are ordering it from a seller of heirloom veggies, check with the dealer to make sure the seeds were not purchased from Seminis/Monsanto. If you buy the seeds from a big-box garden center, odds are they were purchased from the evil empire. That’s quite a catalog, huh?

First Co-op Plant & Seed Swap May 6th 2012

During the first week of May the Landscaping Committee organized a Plant & Seed Swap which took place on a sunny day in the backyard of the Grant Street site. This was our committee’s first public event and we hope to make it an annual gathering.

Some co-op members brought seeds from their own stock to share with each other. Others brought seedlings. The committee acquired seeds, seedlings, books and refreshments as well as high quality organic fertilizer.

Although there were practical reasons for gathering together (the exchange of seeds) the occasion was a nice opportunity to visit with our neighbours and get to know some of those in the co-op whom we hardly know. We were lucky enough to have a break from the May showers as we milled around the Grant Street garden.

Thanks to the Grant Street residents for having us.Image