Cold weather composting

Seasonal tips from Compost Education Centre’s Site ­Manager and Community ­Education Coordinator

›› Alysha Punnett

Fall is a great time of year for ­composting. Compost ingredients are abundant as you put the garden to bed, dried leaves are plentiful and things have all winter to slowly break down into your spring soil ­amendment. Below are some tips […]

By |October 3rd, 2017|Garden Gleanings, Village Vibe|0 Comments

Managing mildew in the organic garden

›› Alysha Punnett

Powdery mildew crops up at this time of year and is often perplexing to gardeners. Isn’t it too hot and dry for fungi to thrive?! Well, while the weather may feel hot and dry, there actually is enough moisture in the air for mildew to get around. This is why fungal issues are […]

By |August 3rd, 2017|Garden Gleanings, Village Vibe|0 Comments

Strategies for reducing garden maintenance

>> Margaret Hantiuk

Spring is just around the corner! That has us thinking about what we are going to plant in our gardens. Here are some tips for our neighbours in Fernwood’s food hub.

Here are some simple hints to make the task easier. They are simple ideas that if followed, make a huge difference in having […]

By |January 31st, 2017|Buzz, Garden Gleanings, Village Vibe|0 Comments

Our Allies: The pollinators and beneficials

>> Margaret Hantiuk

This time of year, with fruit trees beginning to bloom and as we are planting our veggie gardens, it is a good time to think of our gardening allies: the ones we take for granted because they do their jobs freely, and without supervision. I mean the birds and bees. Without bees, the […]

By |May 16th, 2016|Garden Gleanings, Village Vibe|0 Comments

Winterizing the garden

>> Margaret Hantiuk

This fall, don’t be so quick to rake your leaves up and give them away to the municipality to compost: save them for your own leaf mold, one of the best soil enhancers – for free I now rake leaves off of my lawn, sidewalks and patio straight onto my garden beds! I […]

By |December 1st, 2015|Garden Gleanings, Village Vibe|0 Comments

The scoop in worms

›› Margaret Hantiuk

I recently chatted with master composter, certified organic land care professional, and certified horticultural therapist David Greig, who has been “farming” red wriggler composting worms for over 25 years, in addition to teaching at Camosun College. These little workers (also called “tiger worms,” “brandling worms,” or more properly, Eisenia foetida) digest organic matter […]

By |October 9th, 2015|Garden Gleanings, Village Vibe|0 Comments

Trends in Tending

>> Margaret Hantiuk

Looking back over 10 years of my Garden Gleanings column for the Village Vibe, I am thinking of the ways that gardening is trending here in Fernwood (and all over):

Going organic: We realize that every backyard that goes organic and stops using pesticides and herbicides mean less poisons going into the air, soil, […]

By |March 31st, 2015|Garden Gleanings, Village Vibe|0 Comments