Organic Veggies for All Seasons

Learn everything you like to know about veggie gardening, ranging from soil, seed selection/germination, planting, etc.

Register for a new gardening workshop, “Organic Veggies for All Seasons”, with Educator Bardia Khaledi! Sunday, March 23 2pm-5pm. Session #489658. $21 per session. Register today! www.richmond.ca/register, or call 604-276-4300.

Participants will receive a couple of seed packages of their choosing!

Organic Gardening Do’s and Don’ts

Despite the unusual and persistent snowfall in late February, the participants were excited to learn how to garden more effectively, with fewer mistakes and hiccups. They learned about preparation of garden beds, seed selection and germination, plant selection, as well as problem solving and planning in their gardens. They left the workshop feeling a little more empowered and definitely more confident in their ability to create successful and bountiful gardens!

 

 

Daffodils, tulips, and much more!

Last November, preschoolers from the Steveston Community Centre helped us plant daffodil and tulip bulbs at Steveston Educational Garden (SEG). In just a few weeks, there will be a show of colour at the SEG; come out and welcome spring.

While you are there, check out other perennials that are about to start their growing season. You will find Hollyhock (Alcea sp.), Lupine (Lupinus sp.), Beebalm (Monarda didyma), Aster, Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum),  Elephant ears (Ligularia dentata), and shrubs such as mini-climbing roses, Burning bush (Euonymus alatus), and currants.

Wishing you all a great growing season!

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

 

Watch them grow….

We are looking for volunteers to help water and dead head in the garden. If you would like to help please let us know. Email or drop off your email address and phone number to the Community Center. We will be putting a task list on the shed. Please sign up. We would love your help.

A quick reminder of the Open House on July 20th in the garden. Come by and say Hi.

Also check out our Facebook page for the latest updates and pictures – https://www.facebook.com/StevestonEducationalGarden

Michele C.

 

Latest Planting

Last night a flurry of activities in the SEG. If you didn’t get a chance to come out help put in some plants, come by and take a look in the next few days. While you are there, if you see some weeds or dead heading that need to be done, please help out and enjoy a few moments of quiet gardening.

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Plants waiting to be planted earlier in the day.

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Our Master Gardener and SEG Instructor, Bardia Khaledi lovingly planting the Pizza flowerbed.

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Shelley and Bardia busy at work.

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Newly planted Herb flower bed.

Monday 6:30pm @ SEG Planting Get Together

Hello Fellow Gardeners,

A quick reminder that Monday evening at 6:30pm, we are gathering in the Garden to put into grounds some plants. Come by to meet your fellow volunteers, get a quick tour and over view of the Garden and plans. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please come ready to get dirty. Pizza flower bed and raised flower beds will be planted.

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