Welcome to the 2019
Ottawa Seed Library Newsletter
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Did you think you were going to wake up to snow this weekend? I certainly didn’t; it’s April, time to be outside, looking at how your garden overwintered, what needs to be pruned and preparing the garden beds. Seems like we are going to have to wait on that for the time being. What could be done in the meantime related to getting your hands dirty is planning out what this year's veggie garden will look like!
You can start by checking out our seed list for this year and considering which vegetables you could include in your garden and save the seeds for the Ottawa Seed Library. One or two would help us a lot and we will continue to let you know how best to save those seeds over the growing season through this newsletter.
Here’s what to consider when planning out your vegetable garden:
Space: How much space you have can help you decide what you can grow and the quantities of each veggie. Start by creating a map of your vegetable garden. I have a gardening book I use that has graph paper. I map out the garden each year and I also write notes throughout the season to remind myself of what happened the previous year to take into consideration the next. If purchasing a book like this is not in your budget, another way to create a similar book is to purchase graph paper and use a binder to keep your pages orderly and dry! You can’t tell from the pictures but my pages are wrinkled from getting wet. This book lives outside in the garden with me all summer.
When to plant: Some seeds should should be started inside a number of weeks before Spring and then can be planted outside as soon as the ground can be dug, while others cannot be seeded or seedlings cannot be planted outside until there is no chance of frost. Our last newsletter speaks to which seeds from the OSL list can be planted and when. Please have a look as you are planning your vegetable garden.
Companion planting: When organizing your vegetable garden, consider companion planting, by planting plants next to each other, can help plants be healthier, grow better and keep pests away.
For information on companion planting, when to plant and spacing, I also use the Just Food - Garden Guide. This is a very useful resource and also includes specific information about common pests and diseases, container gardening, a planting guide with a list and one page info sheets about vegetables good to grow in the Ottawa climate. I printed this guide out and put it in a binder and use this along with my Garden’s Journal Book, and keep additional information in the binder from local workshops I have attended or magazine articles/photos.