Precious water

›› Kayla Siefried

I’m writing this on a cool summer Victoria morning at the end of July, blue skies, and garden bounty harvested and set out in the Compost Education Centre’s Farm Stand. I start up the internet, and one of the tabs I have open from yesterday startles me, it maps the fires and smoke […]

By |August 9th, 2021|Garden Gleanings|0 Comments

Amend your soil

The Spring Equinox has passed and things are truly waking up in the garden. April showers do in fact promise May flowers!

›› Kayla Siefried

What to do in the garden this month? Amend your soil, direct seed some ­vegetable seeds, and prepare a bed to ­transplant seedlings into. This year, the Compost Education Centre has ya […]

By |April 1st, 2021|Garden Gleanings|0 Comments

Fernwood Get Growing, Victoria! Seedling Distribution – Register by March 22, 2021

Get Growing, Victoria! is a free vegetable seedlings distribution program created by the City of Victoria. In partnership with over 50 community and non-profit organizations, 80,000 vegetable and herb seedlings, along with gardening education materials through Growing Together, will be distributed to support communities in 2021.

Get Growing, Victoria! partners with community organizations and neighbourhood associations to share seedlings with individuals and households in need through City of Victoria neighbourhood distribution days.

Fernwood […]

By |March 5th, 2021|Events, Garden Gleanings|0 Comments

Get your seeds!

›› Kayla Siefried

Never was there a more exciting time (and at times overwhelming) for local gardeners then the annual Victoria Seedy Saturday. A conference full of vendors, seed swaps, and gardening workshops; it’s the day that kicks off the growing season for Victorians. Alas, we are still living in a pandemic, so the regular in-person […]

By |February 3rd, 2021|Garden Gleanings|0 Comments

Build new beds easily this winter

›› Kayla Siefried

Winter is a fantastic time to create new garden beds using an in-situ composting technique called sheet mulching. Sheet mulching is a fantastic way to replenish depleted soils in a garden, turn grass easily into a garden bed, use free ‘waste’ materials to build organic matter, create soil that mimics natural soil layers, […]

By |December 1st, 2020|Garden Gleanings, Village Vibe|0 Comments

Gratitude for the ­garden

›› Kayla Seifried

On September 22nd, Equinox arrived; the time when balance returns, equal light and equal dark accompanied by the time of fall harvest. Plants in the garden begin to change colour and leaves begin to fall—it’s the time we offer gratitude for all the garden has provided in the past bountiful summer, and begin […]

By |October 1st, 2020|Garden Gleanings|0 Comments

A community garden initiative

Gardeners ­growing ­veggies for ­Fernwoodians

›› Holly Grewall

Bernadette Letchford has lived in the ­Fernwood community for nearly 12 years, and has been gardening at the Fernwood Community Allotment Gardens for 10 of them. As a volunteer coordinator at the garden, she, along with a team of ­others, helped to spearhead an initiative to combat food insecurity […]

By |August 4th, 2020|Garden Gleanings|0 Comments