President's Message - May 2016

May 12, 2016

A lot has happened since my last note to you. I spent last weekend in the garden and was amazed how everything has grown in the last month. I had lots of little birds hanging around the bird bath, squirrels hanging upside down to get at the feeders and hummingbirds sitting on lilac branches watching everything going on and I realizemy garden has a soul, for which I am grateful.

I noticed how dry it is under the trees and shrubs, and this is just the middle of spring. I usually don’t worryabout watering anything other than the containers on my deck but did water on the weekend. It brought to mind that water restrictions will be taking effect early this year in Vancouver, actually starting May 15. I know this might seem to be a hassle, but it is nothing compared to other events in the province. As Master Gardenersthis is a great opportunity to teach and influence our neighbours on some good old-fashioned watering techniquesusing grey water. It helps to get our creative juices flowing just to see what and how much we can grow.

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