SEEDY Saturday Nelson April 7 and Adopt-A-Pot sales to start
SEEDY SATURDAY NELSON
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Admission $2 for non-members
FREE for members! You can buy a membership at the event.
Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner and SEEDS Nelson is back with their Seedy Saturday event to help you get ready for this growing season. With numerous vendors from around the region supplying seeds, equipment and know-how, this event has everything you need to make this year’s garden the best it’s ever been.
Held for the first year at the historic Royal Canadian Legion Branch #51, there will be a series of workshops on a variety of subjects including composting, sun-scaping, invasive species, water conservation, bear-proofing, wild harvesting and native plant sourcing. Come get your heirloom seeds from the people who grow them. Have a picture taken in our “American Gothic” photo booth.
Come put your order in for this year’s ‘Adopt-A-Pot’. We have a 3 Gallon and 5 Gallon options this year. You will pay for your pot at the event and then pick up on April 16th. Here are the details. (What's in them? See Nicole's update below.)
Chat with Seeds board members about the greenhouse move up to the 7th Street park and what that will look like.
Contact Stephanie Myers at 250.505.7410 if you have any questions. Follow us on facebook for updates as they happen!
Spring Has Sprung!
by Nicole Murray SEEDS Greenhouse/Gardens Manager
The crocus and snowdrops are out and things are starting to thaw. Time to freshen up the garden beds, that aren't still under snow, with a bit of compost and leaf mulch. The microbes in the soil are waking up as the temperature rises and they'll need some food. In the fall I like to cover the beds with a layer of leaves to protect the soil. Then in spring, once the soil is workable, the leaves can be mixed in or covered with a bit of compost. This will help enrich the soil and feed the helpful microbes working away.
I hope you've all planned your gardens and have seedlings started for this year. We have a few little things started in the greenhouse, so far tomatoes, melon, a few onions and cucumbers are growing. Outside we still have our hoop house domes up because it's still a little chilly at night, but we do have plants under them! Kale and collards have been out all winter. I had a look at them and they seem to be doing well, some have even grown a bit. Some other beds have a few garlic sprouts poking through the leaf mulch too. Soon we can seed out some lettuce and cover it with remay to keep in the warmth. Remay helps extend the season a bit by acting as an insulator.
If you're raking leaves you might come across something underneath that looks like white webbing, this is called mycelium. It is a network of fungus-like bacteria, consisting of a mass of branching, thread-like structures. Fungal colonies like this are found in and on soil and many other substrates. I found some the other day while raking a bark mulch path (shown in photo). The term mycorrhizal comes from a Greek origin of the two words mykes, meaning fungus, and rhiza, meaning root. The mycorrhizal fungal network has a symbiotic relationship with the roots of plants and can stretch way beyond any root system. They connect with each other and the mychorrizae can mine deeper for nutrients and water, which it will send to the plant. In return, the plant provides glucose for the fungus to use.
Some additional benefits of mycorrhizae:
Enhanced plant efficiency in absorbing water and nutrients from the soil.
Reducing fertility and irrigation requirements.
Increased drought resistance.
Increased pathogen resistance/protection.
Enhancing plant health and vigour, and minimizing stress.
Enhanced seedling growth.
Enhanced rooting of cuttings.
Increased salt tolerance.
Increased root generation.
Enhances other valuable organisms in the soil.
Produce more stress resistant plants during production and for landscape.
Potentially less pesticide usage.
Potentially higher transplanting success and faster establishment.
You can actually purchase a powdered product on the interwebs like this one HERE.
Adopt a pot
Most pots contain a combination of collards, kale, swiss chard, lettuce, spinach, edible flowers-nasturtium or calendula, mustard greens.
Happy Digging and see you at SEEDY Saturday Nelson!