growing tomatoes

Tomatoes are by far the most popular vegetable to grow in the garden. The taste of a home-grown, freshly-picked tomato is a driving force behind the passion for vegetable gardening. How can we successfully grow a tasty tomato which is pleasing to the eye, the taste buds and not too hard on the back?

There are three different types of tomatoes that you can grow. Cherry tomatoes are ideal for containers or small gardens. They are virtually indestructible, from my experience, and will reward you and most of your friends with bite size tomatoes for a fairly lengthy part of late summer. Of the regular tomatoes there are determinate types and indeterminate types. …



Soil is the foundation for plant growth and the source of the essential elements. Minerals, air and water are all provided to plants as a gift from the soil. Soils will vary in the degree in which they can provide each of the essential elements and this variance alters the selection of plants which thrive in each particular case. Good quality soil will promote strong plant growth, substantial vegetables, robust blooms and healthy turf. Ensuring that your soil is nutritious and has a good texture will make your goal of a beautiful garden that much easier.

In most cases, the ideal soil for the plants we wish to grow is a rich loamy soil that is well drained. Loam is a soil classification or textural type meaning that the soil has a moderate amount of sand, silt and clay. Of these three components…


getting the most out of your vegetable garden

The mid-summer vegetable garden may be a source of pride or despair. The well tended garden will have provided early vegetables for the table and freezer with many vegetables yet to come. On the other hand, if weeds, drought and pests have gotten ahead of you, the garden will be an untidy reminder of a project gone wrong.

Weeding, watering and pest control are the primary requirements for vegetable gardening during the summer months. By managing these three elements, you can have a healthy crop of vegetables, make a pleasant looking vegetable plot (most important in my view) and be able to re-plant in areas where early vegetables have been harvested.

Weeding is the most important job which should be done weekly from the time the seeds have germinated until harvest. Weeds have the uncanny ability to grow ten times faster than the desirable plants and…


the return on investment of community gardens

Faith Lutheran Community Garden

Great blog by Susie Cochran of the Community Garden Council of Waterloo Region.

“I quantified five potential outputs of one form of urban agriculture (UA)—community gardens—and conducted a municipal-level return on investment (ROI) for a case study garden in Kitchener. I wanted to find out whether an ROI analysis was feasible with the data available, but also whether ROI was an effective way to communicate a community garden’s value. I found that my case study garden would be ROI-positive within three years of operation.”

Click here for a link to the blog.

composting 101

Composting is a great way to enrich your garden’s soil. The Composting Council of Canada says these are the benefits of composting and applying compost to your garden:

Adds slow release macronutrients and organic matter
• Supports and enhances the soil’s community of beneficial micro-organisms
• Improves drainage and aeration in dense, clay soil
• Enables light soil to retain nutrients and moisture
• Attracts earthworms and other beneficial organisms
• Enhances the soil’s ability to clean the water that passes through it on the way to our streams and rivers
• Results in a darker soil colour, which better holds the sun’s warmth

Click here for some tips on how to apply compost from the Composting Council of Canada.

Community Meals schedule

There is now a community dinner each week in Centre Wellington, and 2 community lunches each week. All are welcome. No charge. Excellent food, conversation, fun!
Each month:
First Friday @ Knox Presbyterian (Church St in Elora and the roundabout)

Second Thursday @ Centre Wellington District High School

Second Friday @ Central Pentecostal Church (7674 Colborne between Elora and Fergus)

Third Friday @ St. James Church (behind old Fergus pool)

Fourth Friday @ Melville United (downtown Fergus @ Tower and St. Andrews)

Doors open at 5.30; dinner served at 6.

Every week:
Wednesday at noon – Women’s Community Lunch @ St. James Church (behind old Fergus pool)
Monday at noon – Creperie, 40 Mill St. West, Elora

Growing, cooking, eating