Friday, October 24, 2014

Its Clean Up Time at the Garden

To our allotment holders and gardeners; this week we experienced some extreme weather and our community garden was hit pretty hard. It is your responsibility to make sure that all stakes and supports are firmly screwed down to your bed. If you are unable to do this, please remove the stakes and take them home for the winter. 

I went to the community garden the day after the big wind storm and the following photos are what I had to clean up. Each week I am required to do a safety walk as this garden is on public property. Above are empty pots that I rescued from afar. Please take them home.

If you own this cute little guy, he needs a warm place for the winter. He had blown out of the garden. Don't feel bad, my scarecrow is now bald having lost his hat and hair to the wind.

 All trellises must be stored at home unless its been used. In that case they must be firmly attached to resist 80km winds. Treat your community garden like you do your own. Check on it after a storm has passed.

There are also many plants damaged so you should check them out. I know that if it snows these kale plants will be the first to be knocked right to the ground. perhaps it would be good to harvest the kale and freeze it.

Sunflowers if not removed should have their leaves and flower heads removed. We cannot have the plants crossing pathways and creating a tripping hazard.

 Stakes, need I say more? This is an eye poker waiting to happen.

More reasons to remove them for the winter as your stakes and trellises could be damaged and not be usable next season.

 For those allotment holders that have their own composters, please rescue the lids that belong to you. Buy some bungee cord from the dollar store to tie your lids down. I am too old to chase after them in the back field.

This was the most work to date. We need to store the pvc pipes away for the winter so they need to go home. They are too large for the shed.

If you have empty plant pots and trays they will need to be stored at home. I know its dark and wet out and many of us cannot get to the garden during the week. Take this weekend to get your garden tidied up before the next storm. Also, don't forget to make sure that your plants are not going to seed and affecting other gardeners. Please be sure to have a clear path at all times. Weeds come out easily in damp ground. So once again, anything that is not nailed down should be stored away at home. Garden cleanup is due by November 30 unless you are growing winter crops. If you have tender crops in the garden its too cold at night for them now.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo 2015-An Update

The committee for Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo 2015 has been working hard to bring you one of the best events to date. Its been pretty quiet over here on the blog as I tackle new projects so I apologize for my absence.

So what can we expect at Ladner Seedy Saturday? As you can see we are now partnering with the Corporation of Delta to host the event. They have been kind enough to let us use the historic Harris barn at Kirkland House on Arthur drive. It couldn't be a better venue.
Okay, many don't know this but I lived on this property as a child. I remember running through the hay fields and helping to pick potatoes by hand. Going back to this old homestead makes it surreal for me and full of memories. Yes, I am excited.

Lets get back to the event. We have Brian Minter as one of our keynote speakers. He is the guru of gardening and last year he was met with a room of eager gardeners young and old as he talked about how gardening is changing.

I have also booked a children's garden workshop. In this workshop children between the ages of 2-7 will be able to learn how to plant up a small container garden. Kids love getting into the soil so it should be lots of fun. As we get closer to event time I will send out a registration as we will need to know numbers for this workshop.

We also have Kim Greenwood doing a presentation on how to plant vegetables in containers. With many of our homes being townhouses or condos this is the perfect way to grow your own food.
I have two more key speakers I am waiting to confirm yet.
The downstairs of the Harris barn will be full of vendors selling seeds, plant material and accessories. Our popular seed swap will be back and I hope to have some interesting seeds to share.
Upstairs is where our speakers and garden workshops will be. The venue is accessible with an elevator inside for those who need one.
One more thing, if you would like to be a volunteer at Ladner Seedy Saturday please send me an email at You know the saying, many hands means light work. We are still looking for vendors as well. If you know someone that would be a good fit, please let us know.
Happy Gardening,