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 deltagardener@dccnet.com.
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.