Autumn is for trees

>> Kayla Siefried

September, October, and even into November mark the months where people all over our region are harvesting fruit from trees, especially the leftover apple and pear trees from orchards long past. If you’ve been longing for a fruit tree of your own, now is the time to plant one (or prepare your soil […]

By |October 10th, 2019|Garden Gleanings, Village Vibe|0 Comments

Fall Garden Work Party

Join the last work party of the season at the ­Fernwood ­Community Centre on ­Saturday, ­September 14th, 10am to 1pm

›› Mila Czemerys

As fall rolls in, it will be time to do some harvesting, maintenance, and mulching at the kitchen garden and orchard at the ­Fernwood Community Centre.

It has been a really great year in the […]

By |August 9th, 2019|Buzz, Garden Gleanings, Village Vibe|0 Comments

Winter garden planning

›› Kayla Siefried

Welcome summer! It’s been here a while and you’ve likely been enjoying the bounty from your garden and farmer’s markets. And, as much as you may not like to ­conjure up an image of winter… the rains, cold temperatures, and short days will be with us in no time. Lucky for us we […]

By |August 9th, 2019|Garden Gleanings, Village Vibe|0 Comments

Seedy Saturday – February 16, 2019

The place to start when starting from seed

›› Heather Leary

While most of Canada is still in winter’s icy grip, gardeners on Vancouver Island are planning their spring, which officially starts with Victoria Seedy Saturday on February 16th. Running from 10am to 4pm at the Victoria Conference Centre, Seedy Saturday offers opportunities for gardeners—and the gardening […]

By |February 5th, 2019|Events, Garden Gleanings, Village Vibe|0 Comments

Update: Vic High Learning Farm year one

›› Lauren Gaultier

After many years of planning, the Vic High Learning Farm was a joint ­initiative prompted when a former faculty ­member reached out to Aaren Topley, Capital Region’s Community Animator, of Farm to School BC, for help in creating a ­sustainable farming program. With much behind the scenes effort, Topley was able to create […]

By |December 5th, 2018|Buzz, Garden Gleanings, News, Village Vibe|0 Comments


How to make ­sauerkraut the easiest way possible

›› Ruben Anderson

Fermented foods are an effective and ­delicious traditional way to preserve the harvest, and they contain probiotics that aid digestion and may even have larger ­benefits for people with various gut ­conditions. If you like sauerkraut, you will love home-made sauerkraut—but the big ceramic crocks are […]

By |September 28th, 2018|Garden Gleanings, Village Vibe|0 Comments

Winter vs. Summer Growing

Transitioning from ­summer to winter ­gardening

›› Alysha Punnett

A winter garden differs from a spring/­summer garden in a number of ways:

Rate of Growth
Plants don’t grow at the same speed in colder months. Instead, the lower ­temperatures slow growth down to a snail’s pace, so think of your winter garden as outdoor cold storage.

Amount to Grow
Because you […]

By |August 7th, 2018|Garden Gleanings, Village Vibe|0 Comments