Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas from the Ladner Community Garden!

As we enjoy the holidays with family and friends, the board of directors would like to wish everyone who has been involved with the Ladner Community Garden, a heartfelt happy holidays and Merry Christmas.

Without out dedicated volunteers our garden wouldn't have accomplished what it did this year. Even in winter the rock garden looks fabulous with its seed heads feeding the birds and hopefully reseeding for us at the same time.


It is now the end of the garden season, this is the time to decide whether you would like to come back in 2013 for another great season, we would love to have you.
Thank you to the allotment owners who have dropped off their cheque or cash.
Application forms are available at Bryan's Bookstore in Ladner, through director,Sharon Hagel or we can email it to you.
Please read over the new garden rules for 2013 before sending in your registration, payment is due January 1, 2013.
Application forms & cash/cheques can be dropped off at Kristin  604-946-8654 or 604-940-8222(Lynn) or mailed to P.O. Box 43 5010 48th Ave Delta V4K 3N5
Both Kristin and Lynn have mailboxes by their door. For LCG Society Membership fee we have removed the family membership . 
For those who are not returning please notify  Lynn @ 604-940-8222 or lynn.dick at telus.net, we would like to give an early Christmas present to those on our wait list .

Upcoming Events

AGM- January 14- 7pm at Kin House in Ladner
We need to have elections for directors, financial reports and form a building committee plus discuss the upcoming season.




We are pleased to announce the Second Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo on Saturday, February 9, 2013.
This event will be held at the Ladner Baptist Church in Delta, B.C. from 10am - 3 p.m. and is a fundraiser for the Ladner Community Garden.
There will be presentations in the morning and afternoon.
If you would like to be involved with Seedy Saturday, please contact  Kristin @ 604-946-8654 or deltagardener at dccnet.com.
We need lots of volunteers to make this a successful community event. Those who volunteer will receive $10.00 off their Allotment Application for 2013.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Ladner Seedy Saturday is Coming!


Ladner Seedy Saturday is just around the corner! It happens on February 9, 2013 at the Ladner Baptist Church from 10:am -3:pm. There is lots of parking and easy access for the disabled. 


We have some new speakers coming to this fun community event. Tatiana Kouchnareva will be back to talk about growing tomatoes. She will also be selling her tomato seeds at the event. 
Andrea Bellamy will also be presenting in the afternoon so mark your calendars. Andrea is the author of 'Sugar Snaps and Strawberries' and will be talking about guerrilla gardening. She will be doing a hands on presentation so it will be lots of fun. 
We will also have wonderful seed vendors such as West Coast Seeds and Tatiana Tomatobase. We even have Mojave from  the Planting Seeds Project showing us how to clean seeds and doing an activity with children. Its a family event so bring your children. 


Our popular seed exchange will be back. Bring in your unused organic seeds and trade for something you don't have. 

We will also have plant specialists and garden accessories just in time for your spring garden. What a great way to start the gardening season!
We are always looking for volunteers to make this event a success so if you would like to be involved just email me at deltagardener at dccnet.com. We would love to have you as part of our team. 


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ladner Community Garden- A Year in Review

Its almost the end of 2012 and with it we close on what I think has been a very successful growing season. Even though we started with a cool spring, the summer came quick and stayed hot and dry, something we aren't used to here on the lower mainland of British Columbia. I don't ever recall watering in the month of September but our dry weather continued until the end of October.


We began 2012 with our first Ladner Seedy Saturday. It was a huge success and brought like minded gardeners all under one roof. We shopped and traded seeds, bought plants, listened to great speakers and enjoyed the camaraderie that gardeners evoke when all get together. I can't wait until our second Seedy Saturday on February 9, 2013!


The first classes came from Southpointe Academy in March and we started to get the ground ready for planting.
 
The food bank garden grew very well and we were able to donate almost 300 pounds of food to the local food bank.


We had our first plant sale at the community garden and made a few dollars to help out with operating costs. The tomatoes were a hit at the sale.


Southpointe Academy raised $500 from their plant sale to donate to the food bank. We hope to sell five times the amount of our tea cup planters in 2013. Woah, that's a lot of tea cups!


We started building a communal herb spiral which we will finish in the spring of 2013. I can hardly wait until this is planted. Some herbs take up precious room in the allotments so this will be a better site to grow them in. All we need is some soil and plants and a few volunteers to complete this project.
 

Our allotment gardeners had amazing crops like this bean that Margie has grown. Maybe we need an agricultural fair next year to see who grows the best vegetables. This bean crop would be a winner.


We also need to thank all our volunteers who helped in getting the pergolas up and the cement slabs levelled. The structures are not near finished but should look lovely next summer. Think Thyme growing between the stones and new rock gardens overflowing with Roses and Clematis.


Our crops were abundant and everyone had a good harvest including our petty thief who knew exactly where the best vegetables were planted. In order to combat theft we have new signage being made and a plan for a fence and hedgerow in the making.


We also had Jim build us a proper compost base for our composters to sit on. Thanks to River Reach Marina for donating composters to our garden.


 We had the most amazing flowers planted by West Coast Seeds. What a show stopper they were! I love seeing the seed trials each year. This makes me want to take out my lawn and spread these seeds everywhere.


Jim and Gord built a new arbor as the entrance to the community garden. Way to go guys! Now all we need is a sign.
All in all its been a great year in the garden. I would like to take this moment to wish all our members, neighbours, volunteers and board members a happy holiday season. We couldn't have done it without you.