Garden News for the week of July 28

Garden News

Thank you to JJ and Nick from GRAFT for leading us in an informative and engaging fruit tree grafting workshop this weekend. We were lucky enough to get some new perennials from GRAFT for the community garden, including salmonberries, autumn olive, elderberries, goji berries, and comfrey!

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If you’re interested in getting more involved with other fruit enthusiasts around town, consider checking out Lifecycles Fruit Tree Project, which provides opportunities to pick fruit from around town to donate to local food projects and for volunteers to take home. You can register your own tree if you are needing help with picking or sign up to volunteer yourself. Read more about the project in this recent Times Colonist article.

Practicing some summer bud grafting techniques at the workshop

Practicing some summer bud grafting techniques at the workshop

Compost:

Curious about compost? Check out our new compost resources page on our website, filled with fact sheets ranging from backyard composting to vermicompost to hot compost!

Work Parties:

Tuesdays 3:30-5:30
Thursdays 5:30-7:30

Help us cut back our flowers along the fence, plant our new perennials, plant brussel sprouts, sift compost, and other fun garden activities!

AROUND TOWN:

Shelbourne Community Kitchen: Easy Meals Cooking Program
This program focuses on developing basic kitchen skills and meal planning techniques that can help you make the most of a limited food budget. During each session, we prepare a meal to share with plenty of leftovers for the group to take home. One spot left in this workshop!
When: Aug. 6 – Sept. 10 (6 weeks long)
Thursdays, 4-7pm
*Free for low-income families and individuals
Where: 3541 Shelbourne street
Contact Kim atinfo@shelbournecommunitykitchen.caor call 250-590-0980 to register

Garden News for week of July 21

Garden News

It’s that time of summer where garlic is ready to be dug up and cured to last for the coming months. Read on for some tips on curing garlic.

Curing Garlic
Curing garlic is the process of letting your garlic dry in preparation for long-term storage, spicing, and cooking.

If you’ve damaged any of the cloves while digging them up, set those aside for cooking with immediately, as they won’t cure properly, nor keep in the longer term.  After harvesting, brush off large clumps of dirt from your garlic, but don’t wash them totally clean yet. Leave the roots on and tie the stalks together in a bunch and hang in a location that is out of direct sunlight and has good air circulation. As they dry, the garlic bulbs will continue to draw energy from the leaves. After 2-4 weeks, your garlic should be ready and you can trim the roots, brush the rest of the soil off, and cut the stalk down to 1/2 inch above the bulb. Select the biggest bulbs for planting in the coming Fall for next year’s crop, and cook with the rest!

Upcoming Work Parties
Tuesday 3:30-5:30
Thursday 5:30-7:30

We’ll be starting winter onions for the fall, dead heading flowers, weeding the Giving Gardens, harvesting for the Food Bank, and tidying up the greenhouse.

CCG presents: a Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop!
Last chance to register for the workshop ! 

Date: Sunday, July 26, 1-4pm
Where: UVic, Classroom TBD (will be emailed to registered participants)
Cost: Free to participate, $5-30 per grafted apple tree if you want to take one home!
Details and registration info here: http://bit.ly/1H4AlsR

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AROUND TOWN:

Got ideas about ‘Growing in the City’?
Victoria has all the ingredients for growing food just about anywhere, and the City is looking at how, and where, to grow more. This summer, all topics related to growing food in the Capital City will be explored. Victoria is looking for your ideas on how to grow more food in the city!
To get involved:
· Join us at a Farmers’ Market:
Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Moss Street Market
Wednesday, July 29, 4:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.,  Oaklands Community Market
· Complete the online survey before August 4 at www.haveyoursayvictoria.com
· Email: parks@victoria.ca

Free Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop!

When: Sunday July 26th, 1-4pm
Where: University of Victoria – HHB 110 Harry Hickman Building – campus map here 
Cost: FREE workshop, $5-30 per take-home grafted tree, sliding scale
Registration required – register here: http://bit.ly/1H4AlsR

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Garden News – week of July 14th

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We always have a blast in the giving gardens harvesting vegetables for the UVSS Food Bank. However, walking the harvest to the SUB can get tiring. Fear not, SPOKES has loaned us a bike and fixed up a bike trailer for us. Now our fresh produce will ride in style. This will also simplify other errands such as picking up coffee grounds for composting. Thanks SPOKES !

Workparties at the CCG this Week
Tuesday 3:30 – 5:30
Thursday 5:30 – 7:30
This Thursday volunteers are welcome to work in the garden as per usual, ormay choose to participate in a student recruitment video shoot.

  • Uvic Marketing and Communications is looking for 6 student or volunteer gardeners to participate in a video shoot for the 2016 Uvic Student Recruitment video. The shoot will take place on Thursday, July 16th at 5:30 pm at the Campus Community Garden and will take approximately 2 hours. Participants will be compensated with gift cards and snacks.

Events:

Compost Education Centre: Summer Pruning Workshop 
Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015
Where: 1216 North Park st., 10am
Cost: $45 members/$50 non-members
Details and registration info here.

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop
Take home your own grafted apple tree

Date: Sunday, July 26, 1-4pm
Where: UVic, Classroom TBD (will be emailed to registered participants)
Cost: Free to participate, $5-30 per
Details and registration info here: http://bit.ly/1H4AlsR

Also happening:

Help out the City of Victoria with their Growing in the City initiative by sharing your ideas about urban gardening and food production in the City of Victoria. There are ways to add your input in person or online. For more details click here.

Happy harvesting,

Your friends at the Campus Community Garden

 

Garden News for the week of July 7

Have you been enjoying fresh summer fruits these days? At the garden, we’ve enjoyed many strawberry and raspberry snacks. Now some of our blueberries are ripening and the figs are happily fruiting too. It’s also been exciting to find thimbleberries, huckleberries, plums, and apples growing around town and beyond in our region.

If you’re interested in learning more about fruit trees, we’ve got a fruit tree grafting workshop coming up at the end of the month and the Compost Education Centre is also hosting an upcoming fruit tree pruning workshop.  Read on for more information!

The apple tree at CCG - Flashback to a fruit tree pruning workshop a few years ago

The apple tree at CCG – Flashback to a fruit tree pruning workshop a few years ago

Weekly Work Parties
Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm
Thursdays 5:30-7:30pm

Also happening:

* Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop *
Take home your own grafted apple tree

Date: Sunday, July 26, 1-4pm
Where: UVic, Classroom TBD (will be emailed to registered participants)
Cost: Free to participate, $5-30 per
Details and registration info here: http://bit.ly/1H4AlsR

This interactive workshop will cover the theory and practice of grafting fruit trees.  Grafting is an ancient art of propagating trees, and it’s still the way many fruit trees are cultivated.  For example, all apple varieties—like Gala, McIntosh and Granny Smith—are propagated by grafting.  We’ll explain how this works, share some tips for successful grafting, and then we’ll practice bud grafting (also called summer budding).  Finally, if you like, you’ll have a chance to graft a live fruit tree and take it home in a pot. This workshop will be hosted by fruit tree enthusiasts Nick Montgomery and JJ Ford. This workshop is sponsored by the Campus Community Garden with support from GRAFT (Growing Regionally Adapted Fruit Trees) and Lifecycles Project Society.

AROUND TOWN:

Compost Education Centre: Summer Pruning Workshop 
Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015
Where: 1216 North Park st., 10am
Cost: $45 members/$50 non-members
Details and registration info here.

Why prune in the summer?  How the heck do I prune my fruit tree?!  If you’ve asked yourself these questions over and over this is the workshop for you!  Participants will learn all about summer pruning and get a chance to apply their new pruning knowledge in the Compost Ed’s teaching garden under the supervision of Gordon and Alysha. Bring a lunch and register in advance online.

Garden News for the week of June 30

Garden News

Last week, we cut back our flowering buckwheat in the Giving Gardens – this wasn’t for us to harvest and eat, but to give back to our soil! Read more about how we planted buckwheat and the role of cover cropping and green manure for healthy garden soil building in our latest blog post on the CCG website. Buckwheat is easy and quick to grow and makes a great summer cover crop for any bare soil in your garden.

Office Hours
We will be increasing our summer office hours. Find Erica at the office in SUB B118 on Thursday afternoons throughout the rest of the summer. If you’d like to meet outside of our office hours, please email ccgarden [at] uvic.ca to organize a time.
*note, Erica will away from the garden and office between July 11-18

Also happening:

Weekly Work Parties
Tuesday 3:30-5:30pm
Thursday 5:30-7:30pm

SAVE THE DATE:
Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop
Saturday, July 25, 2015

We will be hosting a fruit tree grafting workshop with community organization GRAFT (Growing Regionally Adapted Fruit Trees) on July 25, 2015. This will be a free, hands-on workshop and participants may even get to take their own fruit tree home! Check back as we’ll have more details to come with a time and location by next week.

AROUND TOWN:

Lekwungen Food Systems: Community Tool Shed Invasive Plant Pull
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
10am – meet at the lower level parking lot of the Songhees Wellness Centre.

Looking for something engaging to do on Canada Day? Join to pull invasive plants and support the Lekwungen community in reinstating the Kwetlal food system. This is an opportunity to engage in restoration work in a meaningful way, learning about the many ways colonialism has impacted communities beyond ecological factors. Volunteers will partake in a cultural activity, learning about food systems, the land, and the histories that have affected both. Bring study shoes, water, and dress for weather. Directions here.

Growing Cover Crops and Green Manure with Buckwheat

The plots at the Campus Community Garden have been growing strong over the past few years. Since the plots are not too, too large (3x4m in size) and there is often turnover with students in many of the plots, it can be challenging to sacrifice space for non-food crops (e.g. if you are only gardening in a plot for two semesters) and maintain consistent, longer-term plans for optimal soil health amidst changing hands.

One of the ways we hope to continue soil building in the future is by trying to plant more cover crops between food growth and over the winter as a part of our crop rotation. Cover cropping is a great way to feed your soil, by planting crops whose purpose is to give back to the it and offer it a rest from intensive food production. Cover crops also help retain nutrients in the soil (versus an empty bed, where rain may wash them away), suppresses weed growth, and invites beneficial insects into the garden. Continue reading

Garden News for the week of June 23

The Lorax is cancelled this weekend. We are very sorry to announce that our upcoming theater in the garden, The Lorax, will be postponed because a few of the actors have backed out last minute. We hope to host this play again in the Fall. We invite you to visit the garden this weekend regardless – check out the lending library and snack on some raspberries!

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Also happening:

Work parties
Tuesdays 3:30-5:30
Thursdays 5:30-7:30
Last week we built new garden bed frames for the Giving Gardens, transplanted new hops, tied back the raspberries along the fence, and sowed beets. This week, come help us cut back the flowering buckwheat cover crop in the giving gardens, weed the herb garden, harvest for the UVSS food bank, and make some signs for around the garden.

Manure run! We are planning a manure run soon for the garden. If you are interested in lending a hand or a truck, please email us. We can offer free, cured manure to anyone willing to help us out.

AROUND TOWN:

Documentary Film screening: Sugar Coated
June 28-29, evening shows
Cinecenta (3800 Finnerty Rd.)

This investigative documentary exposes the US sugar industry’s influence on scientific inquiries to bury evidence of the impacts of mass sugar cosumption on our health.  See the trailer and more film details on the Cinecenta website.

Sooke Farm Tour
Sunday, July 19
Tickets $15 per adult
Tickets are now on sale for the Sooke Farm Tour. Come experience “hands-on farming for a day”! Meet regional growers on their home turf, see what they do best and walk away with the freshest picks of the season while visiting a colourful mix of new and historic farms. Please visitwww.sookefoodchi.ca/farmtour for further details and event updates, or email info@sookefoodchi.ca.

Garden News for the week of June 15

Garden News

Are you snacking in the garden or elsewhere on campus? We would love for your food waste to go into our Green Cone Digester! This is specifically for food waste and is located in the native flower bed in the center of the garden. It will break down your food scraps including meat/bones, cooked food, and dairy. (Please don’t add grass or plant clippings!) A more comprehensive list of accepted items is posted on the cone and a fact sheet about how it works is posted on the bulletin board.
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Weekly work parties

Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm
Thursdays 5:30-7:30pm

Join us this week to transplant hops and bush beans, flip compost, weed the squash bed, and collect lupine seeds.

Garden News for the week of June 8

We finally have our lending library at the garden gazebo ready to go! It’s a lovely addition to the garden and a great way to continue knowledge sharing, learning, and offering resources to both new and experienced gardeners. Our library is made up of books on gardening, building, canning and preserves, herbs and plant medicines, environmental politics, and social justice, with a few stories too!

There is a sign out sheet on the door if you would like to borrow a book. If you would like to donate a relevant book, please bring it to our office in SUB B118, or drop it off in our mailbox in the SUB General Office.

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A big thank you to all of the past staff, volunteers, and participants who helped make this project happen over the past year, whether by helping to build the book shelf at the workshop, donating a book, or helping to organize the books. The lovely garden art (still a work in progress) has been contributed by Meris.

Also happening at the Garden:

Work parties
Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm
Thursdays 5:30-7:30pm

Weekly Meditation  
Tuesdays from 12:30-1:15
Meet at the garden, bring yourself and something to sit on if you’d like. Contact Miranda from the UVic Meditation Club for more info at mharvey@uvic.ca

Outdoor Theatre: The Lorax! 
June 26-27, 2015
Gates at 12:45, Show starts at 1pm
Free admission
Theatre students will be performing a live adaptation of The Lorax written by Dr. Seuss and adapted by Devon Goldie. This will be fun for all ages, especially for little gardeners and the young at heart. Plant your very own seed and take it home after the performance! Please bring sunscreen/waterbottle/hat to stay cool and hydrated. Event poster on our website.