Tuesday, 2 August 2016

The Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count


Friends of the Earth are taking part in The Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count.

As you know Bumble Bees are declining in numbers world wide according to the literature.
Volunteers are asked to upload sightings to:
www.Bumblebeewatch.org where your sightings will go into a data base.

Mike, our Chair thinks is a good idea to send an e-mail to all the gardeners on the e-mail list in case some gardeners want to participate in the count. I’ve already uploaded a sighting.

One of the required items is the Latitude and Longitude of the sighting. These readings can be obtained before filling out the form from Google Maps.

There is lots more information in the web site.

Take Care
Ian R.


Monday, 25 July 2016

Mowing the Grass at NAGA by Ken Medd


I retired in 2015 and quickly found that I wasn’t really ready to retire. I had too much time on my hands and I started taking contracts and odd jobs. Earlier this spring, I jumped at the chance to mow the grass at NAGA. Shortly after that, I landed a short-term job that kept me very busy for May and June. In fact, my garden plot was badly neglected during that period. That job is over, however, and I’m paying more attention to my plot again.

When I started cutting our grass, I wasn’t familiar with the brand of lawn tractor we use (a Columbia) but it seems powerful and well suited to the size of our garden. We’re into the second half of the 2016 gardening season now and I’ve cut our grass quite a few times. I’m getting comfortable with the garden’s layout and I’ve learned some useful things like where the tractor can’t turn around and where it just doesn’t fit. I think I’ve found a good height for the mower deck. It doesn’t leave the grass too long and the blades are high enough that they don’t dig into the ground or hit many rocks.

Sometimes, things are left beside the plots that can present challenges for mowing. I’ve come across rocks, piles of rocks, sticks, stakes, netting, fence wire, plastic bottles, pails, bags, papers, ropes, hoses and other things that we all use in our gardens. Earlier in July, I broke both of the mower’s blades in one evening when I hit rocks that had been thrown into the grass on the headlands. I’m learning where to expect those obstacles though and I’m sure I’ll get better at avoiding them.

I’ve met many of you already and I look forward to meeting the rest of you as opportunities arise. If you have suggestions or constructive criticisms about the mowing please flag me down and let me know. That’s all for now, except to say thanks for letting me mow the grass. I’m really enjoying it.

Ken

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Renewals for 2016 and Annual General Meeting


The following is current as of 26 March 2016:

Renewals:
The renewal applications are now being sent out electronically and by regular mail (for those who don't use email).

2016 NAGA Annual General Meeting (AGM):
The AGM will be held on Saturday 23 April at 1PM at the Tanglewood Community Centre, 30 Woodfield Dr, Nepean. Free onsite and street parking. Wheelchair accessible.

Status of waiting list for non-members:
The current waiting is over 120 people, and the average waiting time is 2-3 years. To get on the waiting list send an email to the registrar with your full name, mailing/street address, phone number. The waiting list is addressed in the order that names were added. As your name is reached on the list you will be offered a garden plot. Once two offers are refused your name is removed from the waiting list. Attempts to subvert this process will result in your name being removed from the waiting list.

Actions taken with respect to gardeners not respecting the Terms and Conditions as agreed to by their signature, in 2015:
  • The gardeners of 28 plots will receive extra scrutiny during 2016.
  • The gardeners of 6 plots are on Final Notice for 2016 ("last chance").
  • The gardeners of 10 plots have lost plots (and possibly membership) due to serious and/or persistent violations.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Indoor Seed Starting Workshop - 20 Feb 2016


Lee Valley is holding an indoor seed stating workshop on Feb 20, 2016.

For those interested, here is the link for more information:
http://www.leevalley.com/en/Garden/page.aspx?p=74026


Monday, 18 May 2015

Garden Update - 18 May 2015

Dear NAGA members,

The annual plots have been tilled, and data was taken with respect the tilling depth on the east and west side of the garden. Last autumn the east side annuals were not tilled as part of an experiment.

The water cannot be turned on until the gardens were tilled. The small delay we have had since tilling is that our NAGA plumber has been out of country until today. I expect the water will be on in a few days, if there are not major repairs required. If there are repairs required of the plumbing it is likely the result of the extensive Hydro construction that used a lot of the NAGA space for their efforts over the winter time, and/or the tilling.

Mike Chebbo, the Chairperson, has met several times with Hydro with regards to correcting many issues left behind by Hydro over the winter. Little by little things are getting fixed and put back.

New signs were made (from NAGA funds) and erected a few weeks ago. These are signs that remind gardeners to take home any and all garbage they generate at the garden, for disposal in their home garbage pickup. Too many people abused the old system and forced the hand of the Board.  Also, NO DUMPING signs were erected, this is a reminder to members and the public. Note that the City of Ottawa By-Law is quite harsh, with a fine of up to $25,000 for illegal dumping. If you dump at NAGA, you are dumping illegally on a City Park, and if caught we will prosecute. Don't make yourself 'the example.'

Incredibly, already, some members have left garbage by the former garbage location. They left it right under the signs, even leaning up a piece of wood against one of the new signs. This is the height of ignorance and a lack of respect for NAGA and it's gardeners. If you see a member leaving garbage at NAGA, report it to the Board, and be sure of which plot the gardener tends to so that we can take corrective action.

Craig
Dir. at Large

Monday, 24 November 2014

Invasive Plants - Japanese Knotweed


The need to keep vigilant about invasive plants is highlighted in this BBC News video about Japanese Knotweed.

VIDEO AND STORY HERE

 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

The End of NAGA Composting Bins and Composting Areas

Yesterday, 4 Oct., a backhoe was hired to move 'compost mountain' from it's old and tired spot to over near the storage area, where it will be rested to compost. This new pile is OFF LIMITS. This policy is described in another, recent, blog posting. That posting has also been mostly translated from English into 4 other common languages. Gardeners caught putting compost (or garbage) on this pile may lose plots (where they have more than one) or have their membership revoked if they have only one plot.
 
 

 
 
The smaller compost bins have been removed. No gardener is to place any compost or garbage in these places or any other place in the NAGA garden. Your cooperation is fully required, expected, and will be appreciated.