Gardening series/classes (Best Perennial Flower Bed)

Here’s a great chance to learn from one of the best gardening experts we know!

We’ve just added a new gardening series with Educator Bardia Khaledi! “Best Perennial Flower Bed”. Sundays, November 17, 24 and December 1, 2pm-4pm. Session 1 Bulbs #523114, Session 2 Herbaceous perennials #523558 and Session 3 Shrubs #523559. $14 per session.

Register today: www.richmond.ca/register  or 604-276-4300!

Flower Arranging

At our last older adults’ lunch, folks had a blast making flower arrangements with Shelley.

They carved out pumpkins, lined the bottom/sides of pumpkins to prevent them from rotting, placed foam oasis in each pumpkin to hold the water for the flowers and then began arranging the flowers.

The endless possibility for creativity and the reward to take home their creations were appreciated by all!

Contact Margie Hardy, Older Adult Program Coordinator, @ MHardy@richmond.ca if you would like to join the next older adults’ lunch.

Halloween Festivities

Steveston Educational Educational has been buzzing with people, young and old, who have come to enjoy the glory of the garden in the fall. We have been getting ready for Halloween and getting creative in many ways!

We harvested many decorative gourds from our garden, which we shared with visitors along with baby pumpkins that went home some great preschool children.

Hope you enjoyed Halloween as much as we did, complete with jack-o-lanterns and good treats!

Steveston Educational Garden featured on CBC Radio 1 (On the Coast/ North by NorthWest)

Fall gardening tips: Get planting to eat all year in B.C.

You can keep gardening through the fall for a voluptuous vegetable bounty.

CBC News Posted: Oct 04, 2013 3:22 PM PT Last Updated: Oct 04, 2013 4:33 PM PT

Bardia Khaledi in the Steveston Educational Garden. Bardia Khaledi in the Steveston Educational Garden. (Jennifer Chen)

The autumn rain is a sign for many green thumbs that it’s time to prepare their garden soil for the spring.

For other gardeners, however, the change in season means it’s time to make the switch to those winter vegetables that thrive in cold weather.

Bardia Khaledi designs gardens and helped build the Steveston Educational Garden. He says you can have a profusion of vegetables throughout the winter.

Khaledi says the great thing about fall gardening is you don’t have to keep watering your plants. If you can stand a little rain, you can enjoy garden-to-plate meals all year round.

Here’s his winter gardening advice:

  • Make sure your garden plot has good drainage, particularly if your beds are in the ground and not raised.
  • If you are putting your garden to bed, you can grow a cover crop to put nitrogen back in the soil, such as rye or clover or legumes (different kinds of peas).
  • You can also collect seeds for next year, including nasturtiums, soy beans, peas, and broad beans, as well as tomatoes.

Here are five vegetables that do well when the weather gets chilly:

  • Garlic (should be planted in October)
  • Brassicas — broccoli, turnips, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts
  • Leafy greens — kale, Swiss chard
  • Fava beans

With files from Jennifer Chen

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/fall-gardening-tips-get-planting-to-eat-all-year-in-b-c-1.1913161