Thursday, February 16, 2012

Look Whats Happening at the Ladner Community Garden

Look whats blooming at the Ladner Community Garden. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw these tiny blooms poking their heads out of the grass. The community garden wasn't built until May of 2011 so we didn't know they were here. 

Its not a big patch of Crocuses but they just happen to be right in our path down the center of the garden. I guess we won't be putting any gravel down this pathway.

I took a quick walk past the allotment gardens. Check out the peas or beans growing in this garden. The shoots are just above ground but its a sure sign of spring in the community garden. These seeds were planted last fall by one of the allotment members.

Here is a closeup of the new seedlings. The raised bed is full of them.

Yesterday was a work day for a few of us at the garden. With new allotment holders coming this year, we had the chore of cleaning out plants that had been left behind by last years members. This is what you get when you plant a whole package of Sage seeds in one row. Shall I say newbie gardener? I thought I was moving good six inch sized plants until I picked them up and teased the roots. Oh my! There were ten plants in a clump all together! The community garden is now the proud owner of thirty four Sage plants. Now that's a lot of Sage. We will be having a small plant sale in May. Guess whats for sale?

The Kale has done fabulous this winter. I added the center plant yesterday. Another orphan from someones allotment. As I moved the plant I spotted a ladybug setting up home. She is more than welcome in the garden.

The fall rye is growing well in the food bank garden. Its almost time to till it in. It will improve the structure of the soil.
If you are interested in a community garden plot, watch for our story in the South Delta Leader tomorrow for our contact information. We have six beds available this spring.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Its Looking Like Spring at the Ladner Community Garden

What is it about gardeners that we are always looking for the telltale signs of spring? We are on the alert for those cherished sign of rebirth in the garden. I couldn't help myself when I walked the community garden yesterday. I had to look.

I was pretty excited to see the tulips that the grade three class planted are up. We had covered them with some straw for protection. Its time to pull it off the beds.

You have to love Desiree's broad beans. She planted her seeds in the fall and these plants definitely have a head start.

Check out the garlic coming through the straw. This garlic was planted last fall by an allotment holder.

You have to look really close on this grass. Its just beginning to show new green shoots at the base. I will be cutting this plant's old growth back next week.

The Sedum Autumn Joy is also growing like crazy. So we have lots to do in the next few weeks. Cleaning up the plants in the rock wall garden will give it a nice fresh clean look.
You have to love early spring! I know, its still winter, but not for long!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Time to Plan for the Spring Garden

Spring is almost here and its time to think seeds. If you didn't attend our AGM meeting I will be bringing seeds to share at our spring cleanup day on March 10 & March 11. I hope to see you there. Its time to clean up the community garden. We will be bringing a weedeater to trim the tall grass from around the beds.

We will be looking for volunteers to place mulch on the pathways. It sure disappears fast doesn't it? At least its light and easy to spread. You know how it is, many hands make light work.

We will also be cleaning our garden beds and getting the weeds out. If you want to get planting, early March is the perfect time to plant broad beans, radishes and peas.
The board of directors have lots of exciting events we want to hold in the garden this year. We can't wait to share our calendar with you so you don't miss out on any of them.
Happy Gardening, Kristin