Posted by: silverspringsgarden | March 9, 2016

Gardening is Around the Corner

The Silver Springs Edible Garden group is in the planning process to turn this:ImageA

into this:

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The Edible Garden Group’s fifth season was a resounding success with more enthusiasm and participation from out Gardeners than ever before. Several of the Gardeners took on new responsibilities last summer and everyone pitched in with our regularly scheduled social/maintenance evenings. The garden is a community project that relies on everyone’s participation and every Gardener is expected to volunteer about six times over the course of the year (spring and fall cleanups and about 4 shifts in the summer). The maintenance shifts, in addition to keeping the garden ship shape, provide opportunities to get to know everyone else who has a garden box, trade tips, and generally to provide opportunities for social interaction.

We’ve been contacted by a local elementary school this year asking if we could offer a program for a group of young children with and opportunity for hands on experiences. Of course we responded with an enthusiastic “yes”, given that one of our mandates is to encourage community participation. The program is currently in its planning stages.

Last year was a buzz of activity in the garden.  We enjoyed a number of visits to several plant nurseries, the Saskatoon Farm and visits to other community gardens.  We hosted an informative presentation by Mike Dorion, aka the compost kid, who taught us about composting and vermiculture.  An invitation was extended to interested residents of the community to join us and we were delighted to welcome some non EGG gardeners who joined us to hear Mike.  Several weeks later, we hosted a live filming of a TV segment on composting which aired on the Breakfast Show.  This video can be viewed at http://www.btcalgary.ca/videos/4575099674001/

Last fall we invited Mike back again, this time to apply “compost tea” to the perimeter of our garden.  This is a technique in which a minimal amount of compost can be put in solution and applied to a large area, thus enriching the soil.  A kind person donated a hydroponic box to the garden so this was our first experience growing produce without soil.  A bountiful crop of tomatoes seemed to thrive in this medium.  We enjoyed a family picnic in the garden as well as a pot luck wind up dinner.

In the fall we donated 95 pounds of produce to the food bank.  On several occasions over the summer, we placed excess produce on a table outside the gate with a sign inviting people to help themselves.  We would rather share than see the excess go to waste.  We plan to continue this on an ongoing basis.  We welcome visitors to the garden but appreciate that they do not help themselves to the vegetables that are grown by gardeners who pay a fee to rent the boxes.

Each year, the boxes are totally rented and we do have a waiting list, however there is always some turnover from year to year.  Check our website for more information at https://silverspringsgarden.wordpress.com/, or email us at: silverspringsgarden@gmail.com

 

Just a reminder to our current Gardeners who plan to continue this summer, that the deadline for renewing your gardening box is March 1, 2016.  After this date, any boxes not paid for will be allocated to the next person on the waiting list.  You will also need to sign a new contract as some clauses in this agreement were amended at the AGM last spring.  Fees are payable at the community centre and you can sign your copy of the new contract there.

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