Posted by: silverspringsgarden | July 26, 2017

EDIBLE GARDEN GROUP: Silver Springs Edible Community Garden

It has been a productive summer for garden members of the Silver Springs Edible Garden Group. As this article goes to print, the produce in the garden is at its peak and overflowing in the boxes. Perhaps the addition of compost to each box early Spring has made the difference, yet, I suspect it has as much to do with the dedication and careful tending by the gardener.

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The bi-weekly maintenance in the surrounding perennial beds has resulted in a spectacular ongoing display of flowering and fruiting shrubs and herbaceous perennials that add colour to our garden from mid-April into October, all things considered. We have seen an increase in the number of bees and other pollinating insects to the garden this year. The mason bees that were released mid-May have been spotted around the garden and already there is indication that some have laid their eggs in at least one of the mason bee boxes in readiness for next season.

It has been a productive summer for garden members of the Silver Springs Edible Garden Group. As this article goes to print, the produce in the garden is at its peak and overflowing in the boxes. Perhaps the addition of compost to each box early Spring has made the difference, yet, I suspect it has as much to do with the dedication and careful tending by the gardener.

The bi-weekly maintenance in the surrounding perennial beds has resulted in a spectacular ongoing display of flowering and fruiting shrubs and herbaceous perennials that add colour to our garden from mid-April into October, all things considered. We have seen an increase in the number of bees and other pollinating insects to the garden this year. The mason bees that were released mid-May have been spotted around the garden and already there is indication that some have laid their eggs in at least one of the mason bee boxes in readiness for next season.

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The garden is open to everyone and we invite you, the community at large, to stop by, have a walk-around, perhaps chat with a gardener tending his or her garden bed, even to sit a while on the bench under the pergola and just allow the senses to take in the beauty of the surroundings; a quiet sanctuary waiting to be shared.

The Edible Garden Group welcomes new members, space permitting. If interested in gardening with us, please submit your name and phone number in the ‘Contact’ section of our web page: https://silverspringsgarden.wordpress.com/ for placement on the short waiting list.

We also welcome and encourage feedback from existing garden members and the community. We would love to hear from you regarding what you enjoy about the garden, as well as your ideas for the future of the garden. Input is also welcome in the planning of programs and events that affect the garden, and we invite interested gardeners to get involved in this; perhaps even assist in the writing of articles for the newsletter. Please send your comments and ideas to silverspringsgarden@gmail.com .

The FALL GARDEN CLEAN-UP is scheduled for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 @ 1:00 PM. All garden members are asked to be present. That same evening at 6:00 pm in the Silver Springs Community Center present gardeners will enjoy a shared POTLUCK DINNER and reminisce about the past season. Please MARK YOUR CALENDARS.

One of the ways the EGG raises funds for the garden is through the The Growing Connection’ Garden Speaker Series. Feedback on these talks has been extremely positive. Each talk is timely, according to the season. Come join us for the next garden talk on SEPTEMBER 27TH at 7:30 p.m. at the Silver Springs Community Center. All level of gardeners will discover something of interest and something new.

GARDEN SPEAKER SERIES – ‘The Growing Connection’ 

Informative garden-themed talks presented by: Janet Melrose, ‘Calgary’s Cottage Gardener’. The next Gardening Talk is on SEPTEMBER 27th at 7:30 p.m. Silver Springs Community Center

COST: $15.00 at the door

SEPT 27, 2017 Fall & Early Winter: Putting the Garden to Bed

  • Creating great garden soil; soil amendment now
  • Fall crop planting
  • Planning for next year: crop rotation; expanding or enhancing the garden
  • Leaving the garden looking beautiful and cared for throughout winter months

 

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