Compost Education Centre – 2024 Spring Plant Sale

The Compost Education Centre (CEC) is hosting their annual all-organic May plant sale on May 11, 2024 from 10am to 2pm.

The plant sale will take place in Haegert Park (1202 Yukon St.) one block from their site on North Park Street. Bring a blanket or a picnic so you can enjoy the music in the […]

By |May 2nd, 2024|Garden Gleanings|0 Comments

Get Growing, Victoria! Free veggie seedling distribution returns to Fernwood

It’s that time of year again, Get Growing, Victoria is back to turn your gardening dreams into reality! This amazing program distributes vegetable seedlings and soil-building materials to organizations across the city at no cost to residents that may face barriers to growing their own food. We are excited to be a part of the […]

By |May 2nd, 2024|Garden Gleanings|0 Comments

How birds help us garden

>> Zoe-Blue Coates

In the late spring and early summer of 2023, it felt like every plant and surface in the Compost Education Centre teaching gardens had a stink bug on it. The early warm and dry weather provided the perfect conditions for stink bugs to thrive. Stink bugs are a real nuisance because they suck […]

By |February 9th, 2024|Garden Gleanings|0 Comments

The Three Sisters

›› Jesse Wallis, Food Security Coordinator, Fernwood NRG

The gardens at Fernwood Community Centre are thrumming with activity, life, and growth. If you haven’t passed by to taste some of the bounty we have growing, we invite you to help yourself – smell the lavender in the tea garden, marvel at the heights of the sunflowers, […]

By |August 3rd, 2023|Garden Gleanings|0 Comments

Saving water & plans for a winter garden

The dog days of ­summer—long sunny evenings, warm ­temperatures, ­swimming, vacations, and… drought

›› Kayla Siefried, Compost Education Centre

While we here in Victoria have had cool-ish evenings and skies clear of smoke, if you tune into any news you’re bound to hear about the stage 4 to 5 drought conditions across the province (5 being the […]

By |August 1st, 2023|Garden Gleanings|0 Comments

New Food Security Coordinator

›› Jesse Wallis

Hi, I’m Jesse (she/they), the new Food Security Coordinator at Fernwood NRG! I am a queer white settler living as an ­uninvited guest on Lekwungen territory. You can find me stewarding the ­community gardens and orchards, coordinating work parties and events, and juggling vegetables while I oversee the operations of the Good Food […]

By |April 3rd, 2023|Faces of Fernwood, Garden Gleanings|0 Comments

How to grow to the max in a small space

›› Kayla Siefried

Recently I was reading a newsletter from a gardening teacher, author, and writer that I’ve been following for years, and I found his tips about “small space gardening hacks” really useful. Perhaps you are a renter like me and have a limited ability to modify the landscape around you or maybe you have […]

By |April 3rd, 2023|Garden Gleanings|0 Comments