I can’t help but be continually amazed by the speed at which plants can grow. The other day I noticed a flower on one of the zucchini plants near the greenhouses. 3 days later, the flower was replaced by a GIANT zucchini that would put any supermarket squash to shame. How on earth can a tiny seed flourish and produce so vigorously by only using water and sunlight? Continue reading
Summer solstice and winter garden planning; What and when to start planting for winter.
“This year, June 20 is the longest day in Earth’s Northern Hemisphere, and it marks the official beginning of summer. In the garden, it’s a time of squash, green beans, cucumbers, and the tomatoes are almost ready.”
As gardeners and growers; whether you are a newbie or are well seasoned with dirt permanently under your nails, this year has been one for the books. However, today marks the day of summer, with the most amount of light to dust off your seeds, planners, and start thinking about winter planting.
I know this might seem strange considering we had such a cold late and not that promising spring, but for most growers summer solstice is the start of winter garden planning. Luckily for those of us in Victoria and along the pacific coast, this means if you start planning and seeding now you can have your brassicas, carrots, beets, kale, and lettuce producing up until you start hearing Christmas music play in the superstores. Woohoo!
Friday, March 24th, 4pm
Campus Community Garden
This hands-on workshop will revolve around understanding and maintaining the lawn mower and weed-wackers at the Campus Community Garden. This requires understanding the basics of how 2-Stroke and 4-Stroke engines work and the differences between them.
Annual maintenance is required to get the best results from these engines and tools, and make them last as long as possible. We will work our way together through an annual maintenance routine and discuss basic troubleshooting for these machines.
-Art by Marlo Rose
Join the UVic Campus Community Garden for the popular annual Farm Crawl!
Saturday, April 1st, 2017 at 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
This year we will be visiting OUR Ecovillage, Alderlea Farm (biodynamic farming) and Blue Roots Farm (permaculture).
We will drive up to Shawnigan Lake on the Social Coast Action Bus to tour OUR Ecovillage, stay there for lunch and then make our way to Alderlea and Blue Roots for the afternoon. Lunch is provided by OUR Ecovillage.
COST: $15 students/ $20 community member (includes a wholesome lunch)
Tickets available on Eventbrite and at the UVSS ticket booth. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ccg-farm-crawl-tickets-32197828572
What is seed saving anyways?
It’s the practice and process of collecting, drying, and storing seeds. Humans have been using this technique for many millenia, and it hasn’t changed that much. The process is very simple, but can require a seed saver to unearth information about…