Saturday, January 25, 2014

Please Welcome Our Speakers for Ladner Seedy Saturday & Garden Expo 2014

Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo 2014 presents a wonderful lineup of speakers this year. Have you marked your calendars yet? Ladner Seedy Saturday is just a few weeks away and look at our west coast weather. I bet you are itching to get out in the garden. I know I am. Seedy Saturdays are a great way to kick start the garden season. You can come and browse the displays of seeds and garden supplies and listen to some great presentations. Today let's look at who is speaking at Ladner Seedy Saturday. 

This is our poster which you will see all over the lower mainland. Spread the word as this is going to be our best event yet. Its our third year and each year it's so much fun. 

Starting off our day is Brian Minter. He hardly needs any introduction as he is the go to plant guru of them all. Brian is so in touch with all that's upcoming in the garden world well before we know whats happening. He has the inside look on new garden trends. Brian Minter will be speaking about 'Food Gardens'. Here's a short introduction about Brian Minter for the new gardeners. Brian had the vision to create a world class destination garden called Minter Gardens which was unique in its design and beauty. There will never be a garden quite like it again. Minter Country Gardens is where Brian sells his wonderful plants and runs his greenhouse operation. Brian has been on television, radio, is an author, and a columnist for several BC, national and international garden magazines. Brian Minter will be starting his talk at 10:15am so arrive early as seating is limited.

At noon we are pleased to present Julia Common. I first heard Julia speak at the BC Council of Garden Clubs. This was probably one of the most inspirational talks I have heard in years. The work that she does and will talk about is beyond amazing. Julia Common is a master beekeeper and has been keeping bees since university days . What started as a summer job became a life long passion which only in the past two years has been fully realized.  Hives for Humanity is a society which she founded in response to the reception her bees received when she brought them into the Downtown East Side of Vancouver .  Now with over 70 hives and  40 sites Julia , as chief beekeeper for Hives for Humanity, has a  story to share.

Our afternoon speaker at 1:30pm is Ian Tait. Ian is passionate about attracting bees to our gardens. I don't have to tell you how important bees are to our food supply. Without bees, pollination would not occur and we would suffer food shortages. Let Ian show you what plants you need in the garden to keep the bees coming. Ian Tait is a North Delta resident and co-chair of the Feed The Bees Campaign. Feed The Bees encourages individuals, businesses, organizations and governments to support a healthy and sustainable bee population and plant the right kinds of plants so there's pollen and nectar from March to October. Come and hear why it's so important and how easy it is for you to make a difference!

Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo will be held at the Ladner Baptist Church on February 15, 2014 from 10-3. See you there!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Ladner Seedy Saturday 2014- Just a Month Away!

Are you ready? It's just a month away. Let's celebrate the beginning of the spring garden season by getting ourselves in the know on all things related to food gardening for 2014. Are you wanting to grow vegetables this year? It's a huge trend across the country and you are not the only one. Everyone wants to learn how to grow and harvest their own food. Come listen to Brian Minter as he talks about food gardens. Seating is limited so come early. Doors open at 10am with Brian's talk starting at 10:15am.
Never been to a Seedy Saturday? Its the third year for Delta and we love sharing this event with the community.

The Ladner Community Garden Society decided it was time for our community to hold a Seedy Saturday event. Its an event where you can come to swap open pollinated seeds, especially the heirloom types. I love starting plants from seed 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.

Not only will we have a seed swap we also have some great vendors coming. West Coast Seeds will be there selling seeds. Did you know that West Coast Seeds grows their seed trials at the Ladner Community Garden? Each year they try out different varieties before they go on the market. They have several seed trial gardens in Delta and Mark spends hours and hours growing new crops for all to enjoy.

Tatiana's Tomatobase and the Planting Seeds Project will also be returning this year. Both these companies have an array of seeds to choose from.
If you need advice on trees, Bartlett Tree Experts will be at their booth eager to answer your questions. There will be plants, seeds, garden accessories and much more.
Did you know we have a Facebook page? You can follow us over on Facebook and keep in touch as the event develops.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo 2014

Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo 2014 is coming up quick. We are pretty excited with our lineup of speakers this year. So what is a Seedy Saturday? Its a time to get together with other gardeners and celebrate the beginning of a new garden season. I know its only February but here on the west coast, the Crocuses will be in bloom by the time this event takes place. Yes, we are very lucky to have this mild west coast climate which lets us be in our gardens almost all year round.

This year the seed swap will be back. Do you have unused seeds from last season that you would like to trade for something different? Please package them in a small envelope with the name of the plant, the year the seeds were harvested or bought, how many seeds are in the envelope and if it is a hybrid or open pollinated. Open pollinated seeds are best as they will grow true to the plant they came from.

Seedy Saturday will also be a place to look for new things for the garden. There will be vendors on hand to inspire you, from seeds to books and much more. We still have a few vendor tables open so if you are interested in attending as a vendor, email me at deltagardener at

All Things Organic will be back this year. If you want to learn about worm composting, these are the people you need to talk to.

Of course, our event wouldn't be a Seedy Saturday without our seed companies. The Planting Seeds Project is also returning this year. Last year they had a craft table and children could create projects using seeds. They also have a large selection of seeds to get you started.
I will keep you posted as the event details come about. Check out our new poster for our speakers and times. Its sure to be a great day!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year from the Ladner Community Garden

Happy new year to our allotment gardeners, our community sponsors and readers. We wish for all of you an abundant season like we had in 2013. Last year the weather couldn't have been better for growing vegetables. 

All the gardens looked great last year so I will share a few photos of what did best. Just look at the kale. There were so many different types of kale being grown in the garden that it was mind boggling. They added some great colour to the gardens.

The spinach also did well as can be seen by this photo.  

 Peas, peas and more peas. It seemed like they never stopped producing. Many gardeners grew a second crop in the fall.

So many different kinds of lettuce. Look how this red lettuce adds striking colour to the garden and to a salad.

Last year we finished the two pergolas, an arbor and built a fence. We also started a hedge row which will be an ongoing project.

 The grade three class returned to the garden and had fun learning in an outdoor environment. These stumps serve as their seating area when they arrive.

The floor between the pergolas is almost done. Anyone for a game of checkers in the spring? 
So what is in store for us in 2014? We just want to plant. No more building this year. Let's get our hands in the soil and do what gardeners do. There are shrubs to plants, seeds to sow and flowers to be planted. 
We will be holding our third Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo on February 15, 2014 at Ladner Baptist Church from 10:00-3:00. 

We are excited to announce our key speakers. We have Brian Minter starting off the event at 10:15. Brain Minter owns the world renown Minter Gardens and Minter Country Garden Center. He will be speaking on 'Food Gardens' at Seedy Saturday.
Julia Common will be speaking at 12:00pm about her work at Hives for Humanity. Julia works with bees in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. You won't believe how she makes a difference until you hear her inspirational talk. 
Ian Tait will be our afternoon speaker at 1:30pm when he will share with us on how to attract bees into our gardens. 
So mark the date and save your leftover seeds. You will be able to trade seeds at the event from 10:00-2:00. 
Happy New Year!