2016 Garden Registration

Do you enjoy gardening but need more space than you have in your backyard? Would you love to harvest and eat your own vegetables? Would you like to teach your children about growing food? The Tuscany Community Garden has plots available for new and returning gardeners for the summer of 2016, and we’d love to have you join us, whether you’re a veteran gardener or a novice who is eager to learn.

The community garden is located on Tuscany Hill, south of the Tuscany Elementary School. Each member receives a garden plot, in which you may grow annual plants such as tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, beans, peas, squash, or flowers. Gardeners are not permitted to plant perennials or invasive plants, and the garden is chemical-free.

Each gardener is responsible for planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting his or her own plot. In addition, each gardener is asked to donate a few hours during the summer to weeding communal areas and watering trees and flower beds.

Online registration for returning gardeners opens on March 15 and for new members on April 1. Click the “Register” tab above.

In May, everyone who has registered will receive a plot assignment. In early June, we will hold a planting day for those members who would like to meet their fellow gardeners. If you’re a first-time gardener and would like some advice about how to plant your seeds, there will be plenty of people available to help.

We also welcome volunteers to our steering committee.

Get involved, and grow with us!

2015 Garden Event: Neighbourwoods Program

Upcoming event:

June 16, 7:00 – 7:45 p.m. Presentation by City of Calgary — Neighbourwoods Program

Find out everything you need to know get involved in helping the City plant more trees in Tuscany! You can plant a tree on the edge of, or adjacent to, your property. The City digs the hole and provides the tree, you plant and water, and the City prunes it. There is a registration cost of $30. To learn more, come to this presentation to hear all the details and have your questions answered.

Location: Tuscany Community Garden (on Tuscany Hill just south of Tuscany School)
More Info: http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Programs/Tree-planting/Neighbourwoods-program.aspx

Calling All Tuscany Gardeners!

Do you enjoy gardening but need more space than you have in your backyard? Would you love to harvest and eat your own vegetables? Would you like to teach your children about growing flowers? The Tuscany Community Garden has plots available for new and returning gardeners for the summer of 2015, and we’d love to have you join us, whether you’re a veteran gardener or a novice who is eager to learn.

The community garden is located on Tuscany Hill, south of the Tuscany Elementary School. Each member receives a garden plot, in which you may grow annual plants such as tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, beans, peas, squash, or flowers. Gardeners are not permitted to plant perennials or invasive plants, and the garden is chemical-free.

Each gardener is responsible for planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting his or her own plot. In addition, each gardener is asked to donate a few hours during the summer to weeding communal areas and watering trees and flower beds.

Online registration for returning gardeners opens on March 15 and for new members on April 1. Click the “Register” tab above. Plot rentals are $35 for Tuscany Community Association members. (If you’re not already a TCA member, you can add a family membership ($25) when you pay.)

In May, everyone who has registered will receive a plot assignment. In early June, we will hold a planting day for those members who would like to meet their fellow gardeners. If you’re a first-time gardener and would like some advice about how to plant your seeds, there will be plenty of people available to help.

For more information about the Tuscany Community Garden, call Pam at 403-245-0552. We also welcome volunteers to our committee. Get involved, and grow with us!

Calling All Tuscany Gardeners!

Are you interested in gardening? The Tuscany Community Garden still has plots available for new gardeners for the summer of 2014.

If you’re new to gardening in Calgary, you might be surprised to learn that Calgary’s growing season—at 114 days—is shorter than Edmonton’s and Winnipeg’s and is similar to Yellowknife’s! Therefore, gardeners need to plan their gardens with Calgary’s climate and altitude in mind.

The gardeners at the Tuscany Community Garden have had good success growing zucchini, tomatoes, potatoes, peas, and carrots. Other vegetables, such as corn and butternut squash, don’t do well here because they don’t have enough time to ripen.

For new gardeners, here are some hints for preparing for your garden:

1) Planting from seed: Vegetables like lettuce, carrots, peas, beans, and potatoes are best seeded directly into the ground. Lettuce and peas can be seeded in mid-May. Beans require warm soil to germinate and can be planted in early June.

2) Planting seedlings: If you want to grow peppers, tomatoes, or basil, which are warm-weather crops that require a longer growing season, your best bet is to give them some extra time by started seedlings indoors in April or buying seedlings from your local garden store. Transplant the seedlings into your garden around June 7.

3) Choosing varieties: You might be overwhelmed by the different varieties of each vegetable available at the store. Take a look at the package or tag to see how many days are required for the vegetable to mature. The lower the number of days, the more likely you’ll get produce in our short growing season. If you are hoping your tomatoes will ripen on the vine, choose smaller tomatoes (cherry, for example, rather than beefsteak).

That’s all you need to know to get started!

Register now for your garden plot, and watch for announcements about Planting Day. On Planting Day, come with your seeds and take the opportunity to meet fellow gardeners. If you’re a first-time gardener and would like some advice about how to plant, there will be plenty of people available to help. We’d love to see you there!

 

Get involved!

Do you have some ideas about how the Tuscany Community Garden could improve or be run?

Do you have a few hours to spare each month for meetings or emails?

Would you like to meet some fellow gardeners who share your passion and make some new friends?

Please consider volunteering with the Tuscany Community Garden committee!!

Please contact us at tuscanycommunitygarden@gmail.com if you would like to learn about volunteer opportunities.

 

 

 

New Gardeners Welcome!

There are several plots now available to new gardeners. The garden rental agreement is attached in the posting below. To register for a plot:

-fill out the attached rental agreement

-write cheques payable to the Tuscany Community Association as follows: one time $75 Garden membership fee; $55 Garden plot rental + TCA Membership.

-if you are already a TCA member, then the plot rental fee is only $30.

Cheques and rental agreements can be mailed to the Tuscany Community Garden c/

  • o Tuscany Community Association P.O. Box 27030 Tuscany RPO Calgary, AB T3L 2Y1 or
  • dropped off at the
  •  the office of the TCA in the lower level at the Tuscany Club.

If you have any questions about the rental agreement or fees, please email: tuscanycommunitygarden@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing new gardeners this year!

Welcome back! Time for 2013 Garden Registration

It’s that time of year again to get registered for the 2013 Community Garden! We are looking forward to another great year of gardening along with more work and improvements going into the garden. We are also looking forward to another exciting Harvest Festival in the fall!

2012 gardeners have the opportunity to rent the plots they had last year before registration opens up to the general public. 2012 gardeners are requested to please have their registration in by March 31st. Please follow the steps outlined in the registration form that is attached. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Lisa at lisa@rainyday.ca.

TCG Rental Agreement 2013 (2)

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