Thursday, January 24, 2013
The plans for Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo are almost complete. The Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo will be held on February 9, 2013 at Ladner Baptist Church from 10-3. The church is located at 5624 Ladner Trunk Road here in the village of Ladner, BC just a short 20 minute drive south of Vancouver.
When you arrive at Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo you will enter at the side door on the west side of the building. There is lots of free parking and handicap parking as well.
As you enter the church there is a fireside room where we will be having our presentations.
Next to the fireside room is a large gymnasium that will be filled with vendors selling seeds, plants and garden accessories or services. We will even have a children's table where kids can make a craft to take home.
Admission to the event is free but if you would like to donate to the Ladner Community Garden, that would be great. We grow food for the South Delta Food bank and can always use seed money. Last year we were able to donate 300 pounds of food to those in need and we hope to do much better in 2013. There is nothing better than paying it forward. Most of us have more than we need.
So who will be at our Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo?
Salt Spring Seeds
West Coast Seeds
Langley Environmental Partners Society
Tropic To Tropic
Gwen's Growing and Giving
Bartlett Tree Experts
Feed The Bees
South Fraser Gogos
Evergreen Garden Club
The Mushroom Man
Corporation of Delta
The Planting Seeds Project
VanDusen Master Gardeners
Wild Ginger Designs
All Things Organic
That's just some of the vendors you will meet. We also have a lineup of wonderful speakers starting with Tatiana Kouchnareva talking about 'Growing Tomatoes from Seed to Table' at 10am so get there a bit early to get a seat.
Don Bruchet will be speaking at 1130am on 'How To Get Your Seeds Started'. Don has lots of experience growing from seed and his talks are always well attended.
In the afternoon, Andrea Bellamy, author of 'Sugar Snaps and Strawberries' will be speaking at 1pm sharp. Andrea will be doing a presentation and a hands on workshop about 'Guerrilla Gardening' and how to make seed bombs. Guerrilla gardening is the illicit act of making a neglected space more beautiful. Come listen to Andrea as she recruits us all to her fun hobby.
The Ladner Baptist Church will also have their famous coffee bar open and early coffee for the vendors and volunteers as they arrive.
Today's exciting news is we have a food cart coming to Ladner! Can you believe it? Yes, Japadog will be at the event all day with its gourmet selection of hotdogs.
So bring your family to the second Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo. Its a fun day with lots to see and do.
Update- We are so excited about our event in just two days! The weather is looking like we may even have some sun. We will have some Sea Soil for sale at the event, lots of seeds and plants to get you in the garden soon. We are busy getting some herb, vegetable and flower seeds to swap at our seed swap table. Do you have unused seed to trade? Place them in a sealed envelope and bring to our seed swap table to exchange for something you haven't grown before. Be sure to label your seeds. Master gardeners from VanDusen Botanical Gardens will be on hand to answer all your gardening questions.
If you want info about this event contact me at deltagardener at dccnet.com
Saturday, January 19, 2013
What is a seed swap? A seed swap is when many people meet to trade seeds. They have too many or don’t need the seeds they have and want to trade for seed that they are looking for. Seed swaps are also social events and full of fun. One gets to meet other gardeners, learn about seeds and perhaps try a seed they didn’t know about.
So to get started, check out your seed inventory. Bring in what you will not be using or have too much of. We encourage you to bring in open pollinated seeds as they can be saved from year to year. If you are not sure what your seeds are,we have master gardeners on hand to help.
Once you find your seeds, you must package them with the following on the front of the package. Using small envelopes for this works great.
number of seeds
annual, perennial or biennial?
were they bought or collected?
hybrid or open pollinated?
Latin name if possible
Bring seed in between 10am-1030am so they can be sorted alphabetically. Swap time will be from 1030am-230pm.
Check in with volunteers at the seed swap table and they will take your seeds and give you a ticket for each package. So for example, if you bring in five packages you will get five tickets. Each ticket will get you one package of seeds.
What do you do if you don’t have any seeds to trade? New to starting seeds? You can donate to get packages of seeds. We may even have some free seeds.
Its just that easy! So don’t forget the date. The Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo will be held on February 9, 2013 at the Ladner Baptist Church, 5624 Ladner Trunk Road, Delta,BC from 10am -3 pm. Bring your family and friends to this fun event in Delta. We have three great speakers lined up, a seed swap and an array of gardening vendors. The best part, its all free!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Have you attended a Seedy Saturday before? For many it may be the first time so lets see whats happening. Seedy Saturdays have been around for over 20 years with the first one being held at VanDusen Botanical Gardens back in 1989. The event became so popular that they have sprung up all across the country.
So what is at a Seedy Saturday? Its an event where you can come to purchase open pollinated seeds and heritage or heirloom seeds for your garden. Open pollinated seeds mean that in the fall you can let a plant or two go to seed and then you can harvest the seed and use it the following year. Think about it, saving seeds means you save money plus you are preserving seeds that may not always be available.
Heirloom seeds are seeds that have been around for hundreds of years. For example, last year I had someone bring in some Swedish brown bean seeds that her family had brought to BC in the 1800's and they had been growing the beans here on Westham Island ever since. Each year they saved the seed on this plant. Many of the seeds we buy are hybrids which means the seed has two parents, so like in a family, not every offspring will be identical. Saving hybrid seeds means you may get a plant totally different than you expected. At Seedy Saturday you can bring your seeds to trade as we will have a seed swap. Why not trade seeds that you won't use for some that you can?
We will also have seed companies to help you out in selecting the right seeds for your garden this year. West Coast Seeds, Salt Spring Seeds and Tatiana TomatoBase will be at the event selling seeds. We will also have some garden accessories for you to look at.
We have a number of plant specialists coming to the event. I am excited to see that Tropic to Tropic Plants will be coming. Ray has now started growing citrus in Tsawwassen and I can't wait to buy myself a lemon tree. Yes, you can grow citrus here in Delta.
Besides shopping for seeds, plants and garden accessories, we have three wonderful speakers as well.
Andrea Bellamy, author of Sugar Snaps and Strawberries will be talking about Guerrilla Gardening and doing a seed bomb workshop. Don Bruchet will take us through the steps to getting our seeds off to a good start. Tatiana Kouchnareva will be teaching us how to grow tomatoes and take them from the garden to plate.
So mark your calendars. The Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo is on February 9, 2013 from 10-3 at Ladner Baptist Church, 5624 Ladner Trunk Road, Delta, BC. Admission is free and the venue is wheelchair accessible. What a fun way to get the garden season started!
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
I cant believe its a new year, full of promise of great yields from the garden and more taste sensations. The best part about growing your own food is being able to enjoy the harvest with our families. Just knowing you have grown your own food is a reward in itself.
Did you want to get a head start on the gardening season? Remember to pick up your favourite gardening catalogues to see what new for 2013. Our local seed suppler, West Coast Seeds has a new catalogue out. Their seeds are good to use as they are suited to our climate here on the west coast.
Don't forget to come and enjoy the second Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo on February 9,2013. It will be held at the Ladner Baptist Church from 10-3. Guess what, its free!
We are still taking registrations for vendors so if you have a local product or service that would fit well, please call me. We always like to see every facet of gardening at the show. We like to promote organic growing and seed diversity so we will have a seed swap at the show. Bring your unused seeds to trade.
I know, its only January, gardening, really? January is a good time to have your trees looked at by a certified arborist. Its also a good time to do some pruning. Are there changes you need to make to your garden? Take a pad outside,walk the garden and make a list.
The trends for 2013 say that more and more people will be growing their own food. You can grow vegetables and fruit in containers in the smallest gardens. I heard the garden gurus say its the year of garden bliss. I think every year is garden bliss, don't you?
For more information about the Ladner Community Garden and availability of allotments or for information about Ladner Seedy Saturday, email me at deltagardener at dccnet.com. We would love to hear from you.