As I write this with the sun blazing in through an open window, it’s hard to imagine that autumn is just around the corner. After the sweltering dog days of August, I’m looking forward to some cooler temperatures - that said, I’m not ready to let go of summer entirely. In the garden, my chard is going strong and the rows of kale that I seeded in August are still sizing up. I have hopes for some late season salad harvests and I would prefer that they not be dashed by the first hard frost. 

Here we are in August – after a few months of explosive growth fueled by long, sunny days, the garden is looking quite different. The spinach and radishes that flourished in the cooler temperatures of early summer have bolted. Most of my head lettuce has been harvested for salads, and one row of carrots has been pulled – mostly for crunchy, impromptu garden snack breaks. Suddenly there’s a surprising amount of free space – and while it’s admittedly difficult to find the time for planting in the height of summer, the savvy folks who make the time in August will benefit from a harvest that extends well into autumn.

Summer is here! Patio season; warm, lingering evenings; bike rides on sun-baked trails; cooling dips in the Elk River. There is much to love about these gloriously sunny months.

In the garden, July marks the beginning of serious watering season. With less rain and hotter days, it doesn’t take long before plants begin to look a bit crispy. As climate change inevitably brings hotter average temperatures and less predictable precipitation, it’s worth considering how to make our gardens more drought tolerant.

Spring brings the promise of new life, with sunny daffodils blooming, and the impossibly verdant green of the newborn leaves. I find myself anticipating the optimistic planting of vegetable seeds, trips to the Garden Center to marvel at their gorgeous abundance and bringing back a car full of the beauties I just couldn’t resist. 

I turn my face up to the sun, feel its solid heat. Wiggle my toes deeper into the lush grass and the warm soil beneath. June is an exciting month north of the 49th parallel. Spring’s cool fingers are finally loosening their tenacious grip.

Event Date(s): 
Repeats every month on June, July, August on the third Friday 4 times.
Friday, May 20, 2022
Friday, June 17, 2022
Friday, July 15, 2022
Friday, August 19, 2022

This summer, the Southern Rockies' French Association (AFRoS) has rented a lot in the Fernie EcoGarden (an initiative from Wildight Elk Valley). You can get involved by signing up to become a volunteer and help us maintain our garden lot or enjoy our monthly gardening workshops in french! Every third Friday for the months of May-June-July-August

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