Saturday, April 4, 2020

Metro Vancouver cities response to Covid-19 after closing playgrounds is Hot Bed grow-op of vegetables?



Hopefully the Geese which reside on the roof of the Vancouver Convention Centre will be a thing of the past for the next year, or two, so too the tall grass that has to be mowed (how many times) each year.

The space, along with the recently closed local parks and playgrounds should be converted now for farming, for our very survival.  Our food suppliers in the United States of America and Mexico are fighting for their lives during this Covid-19 pandemic just as much as we are, some would say 'more so'.

Our Canadian prairies can provide the grains, but what about the vegetables? 


The roof of the Vancouver Convention Centre



West Coast Seeds


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Once upon a time, actually eleven times, the British Columbia government came out with a HOW TO garden in a City.


The BC Legislative Library has a wealth of information such as these 11 books on 'Gardening on a City Lot' covering a variety of years ..... including the dirty thirties (one report) and twenties (4) too.



The war years cover  1914, 1916, 1918, 1921, 1924, 1927, 1929, 1933, 1941, 1943, 1945,

1914
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Long before monster houses, and even more monstrous garages (formerly stables for the rich), back and front yard gardening was the norm.



From the Province of British Columbia the 1921 'Gardening on a City Lot.'



ORIGINAL: (Page 1 of 12)
GREAT interest has been shown during the past few years in bringing under cultivation the city lots which have previously been neglected.  This has resulted in not only increasing production, but also in ensuring to the householder an abundance of fresh vegetable and in many cases a partial supply of winter vegetable.

It is estimated that, if all vegetables were bought, a family of five would expend an average of 35 cents per day or $127.75 per year.  The majority of vegetable required could be produced at home, with but a few dollars expenditure for tools, seed, and fertilizer.


MODIFIED (2020):
Great interest has been shown during the past few days due to the Covid-19 in bringing under cultivation the city lots which have previously been neglected. This has resulted in not only increasing production, but also in ensuring to the householder an abundance of fresh vegetables and in many cases a partial supply of winter vegetables like KALE.


KALE  Page 1 and 10
Manure requires


Page 10



Vegetables
Asparagus (seed), Asparagus (plants), Beans (bush), Beans (broad), Beans (Pole), Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage (seed), Cabbage (plants), Carrots, Cauliflower (seed), Cauliflower (plants), Celery (seed), Celery (plants), Corn, Cucumber, KALE (my favourite), Lettuce, Onion, Onion (sets), Parsley, Parsnips, Peas, Potatoes, Radish, Spinach, Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips,

Small Fruits,
Raspberry, Strawberry, Rhubarb, Gooseberries, Currants


The following plan is a suggestion of how a plot 50' X 50' may be planted:

Plan for a Small Garden.  Crops shown in Rows


By the way, you have plenty of time on hand, RIGHT NOW, for walks why not start the mornings of with a garden.  April 1 was Day 1.

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