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!

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