Well the garden work has started! A number of trees, six in all, were felled, as they were either dead or sick. But good news… our beautiful big red maple tree at the top of the garden, only needed to be reduced in size. The experts at the City of Coquitlam said that we did not need to cut it down, as it was healthy.
The heat of last summer and the lack of water killed off most of the hydrangeas on Level 1, so sadly they had to go.
The three lawns have been re-seeded where the birds had been digging for the chafer beetles. A treatment will also be applied later, but this is not guaranteed to rid us of the problem next year.
If hot dry weather comes, I’m hoping the Level 1 residents and the garden plot holders will water the new lawn area until they get established?
On the garden plots, lots of rain has hindered our green-fingered residents, but they have made a start…and if we do get some sun, things will race and soon catch up! I’ve heard about them growing green beans, Brussel sprouts, strawberries, raspberries, onions, herbs, tomatoes, potatoes…the list is endless!
The children on this strata have always been so careful in the past not to damage the plants. Parents must supervise their children when they are out there.
The patio area has been tidied by members of the garden group, and a few plants added. They are raising funds to buy items to improve the garden and the common room. (Take your recyclable drinks containers to #210 or #206). Already we have a bookshelf. Thanks Craigslist!
We plan to have a BBQ out there in the better weather. Perhaps a “Bring and Buy Sale” too?
By the way, when the hot weather arrives, the top lawn is always the coolest place to relax…a nice cool breeze usually sweeps across that area.
So watch as hopefully the garden thrives and we can all use it for relaxing, playing and enjoying it this year!