Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas from the Ladner Community Garden!

As we enjoy the holidays with family and friends, the board of directors would like to wish everyone who has been involved with the Ladner Community Garden, a heartfelt happy holidays and Merry Christmas.

Without out dedicated volunteers our garden wouldn't have accomplished what it did this year. Even in winter the rock garden looks fabulous with its seed heads feeding the birds and hopefully reseeding for us at the same time.

It is now the end of the garden season, this is the time to decide whether you would like to come back in 2013 for another great season, we would love to have you.
Thank you to the allotment owners who have dropped off their cheque or cash.
Application forms are available at Bryan's Bookstore in Ladner, through director,Sharon Hagel or we can email it to you.
Please read over the new garden rules for 2013 before sending in your registration, payment is due January 1, 2013.
Application forms & cash/cheques can be dropped off at Kristin  604-946-8654 or 604-940-8222(Lynn) or mailed to P.O. Box 43 5010 48th Ave Delta V4K 3N5
Both Kristin and Lynn have mailboxes by their door. For LCG Society Membership fee we have removed the family membership . 
For those who are not returning please notify  Lynn @ 604-940-8222 or lynn.dick at, we would like to give an early Christmas present to those on our wait list .

Upcoming Events

AGM- January 14- 7pm at Kin House in Ladner
We need to have elections for directors, financial reports and form a building committee plus discuss the upcoming season.

We are pleased to announce the Second Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo on Saturday, February 9, 2013.
This event will be held at the Ladner Baptist Church in Delta, B.C. from 10am - 3 p.m. and is a fundraiser for the Ladner Community Garden.
There will be presentations in the morning and afternoon.
If you would like to be involved with Seedy Saturday, please contact  Kristin @ 604-946-8654 or deltagardener at
We need lots of volunteers to make this a successful community event. Those who volunteer will receive $10.00 off their Allotment Application for 2013.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Ladner Seedy Saturday is Coming!

Ladner Seedy Saturday is just around the corner! It happens on February 9, 2013 at the Ladner Baptist Church from 10:am -3:pm. There is lots of parking and easy access for the disabled. 

We have some new speakers coming to this fun community event. Tatiana Kouchnareva will be back to talk about growing tomatoes. She will also be selling her tomato seeds at the event. 
Andrea Bellamy will also be presenting in the afternoon so mark your calendars. Andrea is the author of 'Sugar Snaps and Strawberries' and will be talking about guerrilla gardening. She will be doing a hands on presentation so it will be lots of fun. 
We will also have wonderful seed vendors such as West Coast Seeds and Tatiana Tomatobase. We even have Mojave from  the Planting Seeds Project showing us how to clean seeds and doing an activity with children. Its a family event so bring your children. 

Our popular seed exchange will be back. Bring in your unused organic seeds and trade for something you don't have. 

We will also have plant specialists and garden accessories just in time for your spring garden. What a great way to start the gardening season!
We are always looking for volunteers to make this event a success so if you would like to be involved just email me at deltagardener at We would love to have you as part of our team. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ladner Community Garden- A Year in Review

Its almost the end of 2012 and with it we close on what I think has been a very successful growing season. Even though we started with a cool spring, the summer came quick and stayed hot and dry, something we aren't used to here on the lower mainland of British Columbia. I don't ever recall watering in the month of September but our dry weather continued until the end of October.

We began 2012 with our first Ladner Seedy Saturday. It was a huge success and brought like minded gardeners all under one roof. We shopped and traded seeds, bought plants, listened to great speakers and enjoyed the camaraderie that gardeners evoke when all get together. I can't wait until our second Seedy Saturday on February 9, 2013!

The first classes came from Southpointe Academy in March and we started to get the ground ready for planting.
The food bank garden grew very well and we were able to donate almost 300 pounds of food to the local food bank.

We had our first plant sale at the community garden and made a few dollars to help out with operating costs. The tomatoes were a hit at the sale.

Southpointe Academy raised $500 from their plant sale to donate to the food bank. We hope to sell five times the amount of our tea cup planters in 2013. Woah, that's a lot of tea cups!

We started building a communal herb spiral which we will finish in the spring of 2013. I can hardly wait until this is planted. Some herbs take up precious room in the allotments so this will be a better site to grow them in. All we need is some soil and plants and a few volunteers to complete this project.

Our allotment gardeners had amazing crops like this bean that Margie has grown. Maybe we need an agricultural fair next year to see who grows the best vegetables. This bean crop would be a winner.

We also need to thank all our volunteers who helped in getting the pergolas up and the cement slabs levelled. The structures are not near finished but should look lovely next summer. Think Thyme growing between the stones and new rock gardens overflowing with Roses and Clematis.

Our crops were abundant and everyone had a good harvest including our petty thief who knew exactly where the best vegetables were planted. In order to combat theft we have new signage being made and a plan for a fence and hedgerow in the making.

We also had Jim build us a proper compost base for our composters to sit on. Thanks to River Reach Marina for donating composters to our garden.

 We had the most amazing flowers planted by West Coast Seeds. What a show stopper they were! I love seeing the seed trials each year. This makes me want to take out my lawn and spread these seeds everywhere.

Jim and Gord built a new arbor as the entrance to the community garden. Way to go guys! Now all we need is a sign.
All in all its been a great year in the garden. I would like to take this moment to wish all our members, neighbours, volunteers and board members a happy holiday season. We couldn't have done it without you.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

November News From the Ladner Community Garden

Ladner Community Garden Newsletter
Seed Sow and Grow

Upcoming Events and Workshops

Tuesday, November 20
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Evergreen Garden Club
 Andrea Bellamy will be our guest speaker. She will be speaking on container gardening with edibles at 7:30pm at Kin House in Ladner. Andrea is the author of the popular gardening book, Sugar Snaps and Strawberries. Guests are free.

Friday, November 30
5-8 p.m.
Open House at West Coast Seeds
A special in-store sales event at the West Coast Seeds retail store in Ladner.
Everything in the store is 15% off.
Refreshments, music and great Christmas Gift ideas for those gardeners on your list.

December 1 and 2
Phoenix Perennials Christmas Hurrah!
Phoenix is giving 4 different workshops for Christmas Decorating
Do -it- Yourself Christmas Rose Containers
Christmas Rose Centrepiece Workshop
Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop
Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop
For more information call  Phoenix Perennials @604-270-4133 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

We are pleased to announce the second Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo on Saturday, February 9, 2013. 
This event will be held at the Ladner Baptist church in Delta, B.C. from 10am - 3 p.m. and is a fundraiser for the Ladner Community Garden.
There will be presentations in the morning and afternoon.
If you would like to be involved with Seedy Saturday, please contact  Kristin at
We need lots of volunteers to make this a successful community event.

Important Information

It is now the end of the garden season, now is the time to decide whether you would like to come back in 2013 for another great season, we would love to have you.
Application forms are available at Bryan's Bookstore in Ladner, through director,Sharon Hagel or we can send them out as an attachment to you.
Please read over the new garden rules for 2013 before sending in your registration, payment is due January 1, 2013

November 30 is fast approaching, and according to the Ladner Community Garden Terms and Conditions #1

Allotment holder agrees to have his/her allotment harvested and tidied( removal of dead plant material) by November 30, 2012 unless actively growing winter crops.
If allotment holder is unable to meet these terms and conditions for any reason, please notify the Ladner Community Garden Society or the administrators.
Please remove your stakes and take them home to store till next season, it gets very windy at the garden and today I found several compost lids further down the garden.
The garden is very slick under foot, so please watch your step.
The compost bins still have room in them especially the ones on the west side of the garden, when adding your plant material add some leaves( brown material) on top, you will find these in the grey containers at each end of the composts.

For those not returning please let myself or any other board members know and please have your plot cleaned up by November 30.

The water has been turned off by the city till next season. If using tools from the shed please ensure that the dirt has been cleaned off , we will leave a towel in the shed to clean them. The lock has been difficult to open lately, we are planning on cutting it off and putting a new one on soon.

We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and thank everyone for attending the Christmas social on November 10, we had a great time and the array of food was yummy and most went away with a prize.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ladner Seedy Saturday 2013

Its that time again! Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo is back for a second year. It was so much fun connecting with new gardeners that we just had to do it again. What a great way to start off the gardening season. This year our Seedy Saturday will be held on February 9, 2013 from 10-3 at the Ladner Baptist Church. Lets take a look at who came last year. 

Robin Leake from Wild Ginger Designs joined out Seedy Saturday last year. Even though the event was held on a cool January day she had lots of beautiful plants for us to buy. Robin really has an eye for design when it comes to containers. If you have been to the Ladner Village Market, you will have seen her stunning planters.

 Last year the pussy willows were so popular. Our friend, Lisa Blair, came to sell her seeds along with these willow branches.

 How can you have a Seedy Saturday without seed companies? Stellar Seeds came to our event all the way from Kaslo. Just a heads up for this year, the family that runs this company lives near Johnson's Landing where the landslide occurred and this has really set them back this year.

West Coast Seeds will be returning to our event in February. Did you know their 2013 catalogue is ready? This seedaholic cant wait to peruse my favourite seed catalogue! I mean really, you can never have enough seeds, right?

Urban Bee came to our event last year so for those of you who want to learn about bees, talk to Lindsay Dault.

As soon as we opened the doors the people arrived. This was the first Seedy Saturday for Delta so we all stood in apprehension wondering if people would come. We had lots of vendors, a few not for profit groups and four wonderful speakers. And guess what? Its free!

We also had a seed swap and it will be back again in 2013. If you have saved seeds from plants, place any extras in a small envelope to trade for something you desire. Just be sure to label your seeds. This is a fun way to try something new.

 Bill Bischoff came with his hardy Cyclamen. He really knows his Cyclamen!

There was everything from the Mushroom Man to Derry's Orchard to an interactive display put on the environmental department from the Corporation of Delta.

 If you want coffee the church will be making coffee in the front lobby. I hear they may even be rustling up some food for us this year.

If you don't get enough information from all the vendors, then you can take home some free garden magazines. What a great way to start planning your spring garden. Buy a few seeds, a few starter plants and take home a couple of magazines. Listen to our line up of speakers which will be announced very soon. It will be a fun way to spend a Saturday in February before the garden season gets busy.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo 2013

We are pleased to announce our second Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo. It will be on February 9, 2013 from 10-3 at the Ladner Baptist Church. If you would like to be a vendor at our event pleas me let me know by commenting below. I will send you a registration form.

So what is a Seedy Saturday? Its an annual event held all across the country to bring like minded gardeners together to shop for seeds, plants and garden accessories for the upcoming garden season. We focus on all things organic from seeds to soil and fertilizers.

Its an event where you can come to swap open pollinated seeds, especially the heirloom types. I love starting plants from seeds so I have lots of seed to bring to the swap table and hope I will bring home something new to try in my garden. I know what you are thinking, why grow from seed? Did you know how many different plants you can grow? I don't want just the ordinary plants most garden centers offer. I want heirloom types of tomatoes, the ones with flavour that my grandmother grew. I want to grow flowers that are different from the norm.

Last year we held out first Seedy Saturday and had lots of fun. This is a new event for our community and we are so happy to be hosting this event.There will also be garden experts speaking about different topics during the event and guess what? Its free! Last year we had several wonderful speakers and I hope to have some exciting speakers again this year.
Happy gardening,

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Thankful in October For Community

Here it is October and it still feels like summer. Last year we didn't have to water our gardens past the end of August but this year we are still watering into October. Crazy weather! You have to wonder if it will ever rain. I am sure if you are anything like me, you are so done with watering. Some of us just want to put the garden to bed and others may go on to planting winter crops.

We had a bit of a spontaneous work party yesterday and lots of work was accomplished at the community garden. Jim came down and got us a load of road base to add to the west side of the composting area. Then the composters all got moved on to the base and they are all ready to use. With it already October, I know our allotment holders will be cleaning some of their finished crops out of their gardens. Feel free to add to these compost bins but try and chop up your greens so they decompose faster. It also makes more room for everyone else's plant material. If we run out of room we will have to have you take it home for curbside pickup so chop, chop.

Our builder, Gord, showed up and wanted to work on our pergola structure. Its quite the job getting the floor levelled underneath before we can finish building so if you want to help, let us know. We decided to get some sand delivered and Gord started shovelling to get some sand on our new stone walkway.

 All of a sudden more community garden family showed up and they all pitched in to help. We are so lucky to have such great volunteers. For those of you who don't know, I am now in a wheelchair waiting for more surgery. I feel really useless not being able to do my part. Mind you, I held a baby so someone could clean their garden. That's a good trade off. Nothing better than a baby fix to make my day. The volunteers all helped to clean up the children's garden. We still have the herbs, kale and 100 mile diet salad garden growing but the rest has been cleaned up and top dressed with seaweed.

The garden looks pretty bare right now and its hard to say goodbye especially when its so sunny out. Thank you Lynn for watering what was still left in the garden.
The rest of the plots must be cleaned up by November 30 unless you are growing winter crops. Don't forget to save seed from your garden to help save some money in the spring.
Whats next in the garden? As we clean our gardens and get them ready for winter, your board members are busy planning our Christmas potluck which is on November 10. We are also planning our second Ladner Seedy Saturday for February 2013. I mean really, our winter is only three months long and then  we will be getting the gardens ready for another season. Now if only it would rain and we could put our feet up!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Dear Garden Thief

Dear Garden Thief,

I am so done with you! I am angry and if you ask others I don't get angry easy. Today I was working in the children's garden getting ready for a class on Wednesday when I couldn't believe my eyes!

I wrote this morning about how I had carrots in the children's garden as they are learning about the 100 mile diet this fall. Well, not any more! The least you could have done is taken them home instead of leaving them to shrivel up in the sun. These carrots would have been tasty but I guess they weren't up to your standards. They would have been used in our fall pumpkin soup but now I will have to buy carrots thanks to you. How could you steal from the children?
So far the theft has been a few items every couple of days. We know what you drive and you have been seen in the garden on occasion. Does the word 'community' mean you can help yourself? Absolutely not! We are a community garden and if you are in need all you have to do is ask. Taking without asking shows a lack of respect. Any taking or snacking of food from community plots is considered theft.
A community garden is where individuals and families rent a plot for the season to grow for their family. Some of our families are low income and need the food that they grow. When you dug their potatoes last week, they weren't impressed. For the new gardeners at the community garden, they are disheartened and ready to give up. Please don't spoil their garden experience.

Kristin Crouch
Ladner Community Garden Society

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Where Did Our Harvest Go?

Its been a disheartening week as I hear about the agricultural theft of 5000 pounds of potatoes in a community just a short drive away and more theft of food from the Terra Nova Sharing Farm. Its now happened to the Ladner Community Garden and I must say we are angry. We have had reports of vegetable theft over the last few weeks. Its has been quite discouraging for our new gardeners as they baby their peppers until they are almost ready to harvest only to have them picked by a stranger. At first we figured it was just an isolated incident until a member spotted someone shopping with empty bags in hand. Its only a matter of time before we get a photo of this person but for now, I hope they are enjoying the fruits of our labour. Last night I went to harvest beans for the food bank only to see a measly four beans on the vines. We had only harvested a few pounds the week before and knew more would be ready for this weeks harvest. Luckily I had an allotment holder donate 16 pounds of beets, a zucchini and some carrots so we had something to donate.
I hate to totally fence the community garden but that's whats probably going to happen. We like to encourage people to walk and enjoy the garden. Its sad that a few people spoil it for so many.

On a positive note, the food bank is always happy to get donations of fresh food.

The beets were huge and will be great roasted or in soups.

Thanks to Gord for donating the vegetables before he leaves on holiday. Our total for this week was 24.5 pounds of food donated.
Going forward we may have to think up some planting strategies for next year. No one takes kale or white carrots so perhaps a border of that will hide the more lucrative vegetables. Even a border of parsley would work.
Have you had theft in your gardens? How did you resolve the issue? I know in Chicago the community gardens are fenced and padlocked. Every Sunday they put out a table of free food for the taking, no questions asked. Is this the solution? We would be more than happy to help out someone who really needs food. That's what we do. Gardeners love to share their harvest but ask first.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Sharon's Garden

Last spring we opened the Ladner Community Garden, the first community garden for Ladner. If you walked by last year the rock garden in the front of the community garden looked like this. Neighbours watched as volunteer and board director, Sharon, hauled rock by rock one at the a time to complete the garden. Did you know that she used reclaimed driveways? Four Delta residents were replacing their driveways and we took their cement as long as it didn't contain any wire or rebar. The concrete was inspected before drop off to ensure it was suitable. 

Here it just built and ready for planting. As gardeners there is no shortage of plants. We often came to the garden to see plants waiting for us. Thank you to those who contributed and to the garden centers who helped us out. 

Sharon planted the main perennials and shrubs first, them came the colour. It has to be look good all the time according to Sharon and it does. Check out these Nasturtiums that she grew from seed.

Perennials like Rudbeckia have attracted beneficial insects to our garden helping to pollinate our vegetable crops. This year, our second year has been a bountiful harvest.

Sharon has put hundreds of hours in to this garden to have it looking this way and we can't thank her enough.

 The fall flowers are opening and lots of yellow brightens up the garden. Coreopsis is a favourite and I know Sharon is looking for more of this type.

 Snapdragons are an old fashioned favourite in the garden adding pastel tones to soften the garden.

 The Sedum 'Autumn Joy'  is already buzzing with bees in anticipation of its blooms.

I love this Ajuga, which if not placed properly can be a thug in the garden. In the rockery it is easier to maintain its spread. How can one resist these colours?
So if you walk by stop and enjoy, tread lightly and linger long. We love visitors.