2020 will be remembered as a year of great challenges. From our parents to our great-grandparents, WW II was their monumental challenge. “Victory” vegetable gardens were grown on the home front to combat hunger, fuel shortages, and scant resources. A bounty of good health and balm for the soul during those trying years, renewed interest in gardening could do the same for us, too.
In that spirit, the Southwood Community Association and Southwood Community Gardens, along with other Calgary communities, is encouraging every household in the district to grow a vegetable garden this year and join the Grow Your Own Victory Garden project. Large or small – in yards, on balconies, or in community gardens – we can transform our little patches of dirt into something both practical and wonderful!
For newcomers and experienced gardeners alike, simple, step-by-step gardening articles and videos can be found at calgarylegacy.ca. As the season progresses, you can check the website to find links to timely horticultural advice.
Gardening nourishes the body, calms the soul, and saves on household costs. The simple act of nurturing tiny seeds into something edible by summer’s end gives us something lovely to look forward to. As Audrey Hepburn once said, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”
Please join us by growing your own Victory Garden!
The 2nd of a series of 4 workshops this garden season; our webinar talk and demos will get you energized for the garden season ahead. Getting lots of great produce out of a smaller space can be challenging, but there’s lots of ways to do it!
Most productive edibles for the space;
Seeds versus seedlings;
Seedlings: buying, hardening off, planting and early protection;
Harvesting strategies – how they affect how you plant
We would love to everyone interested in gardening to join us!
Garden On! is sponsored by greengate Garden Centre. All participants will be entered in draw to win 1 of 4 $25 Greengate gift cards!
Funds raised will help support the Host Community Gardens!
How it works!
You register through Eventbrite, and on the day of the event you will be sent the On-line login information through GoToMeeting. You can join with webcam enabled or just audio through your computer, and can also call in with your phone. Easy-peasy!
Janet Melrose, Calgary’s Cottage Gardener specializing in garden, coaching education and Horticultural Therapy will be leading the sessions. Follow Janet on Facebook.
Why pre-paid registrations ?
To ensure that Garden On! is sustainable over time, we need to move to pre-registration for our events.
Thursday May 9th, 7-9 pm Want to grow nutritious and tasty vegetables this summer? Start by feeding your soil. Learn about soil nutrition, compost, organic amendments and cover crops for vegetable gardening.
The 2nd of a series of 4 talks this garden season; this talk along with hands on activities will get you pumped about herbs!
Herbs not only enhance the beauty of your garden but can liven up your cooking and benefit your health too! Versatile, easy to plant and care for, relatively trouble free, and multitudes of way to incorporate them into your garden make learning and using herbs almost a requirement for the edible gardener to grow and enjoy in the Calgary Garden.
In our informal workshop learn:
-Just what makes a herb a herb;
-The functions of herbs in the garden;
-Some of the best herbs to grow in Calgary
-How to propagate by seed, division, layering and cuttings;
-Caring for your herbs throughout the season
-Harvesting, using and preserving your herbs
Plus, you will have the opportunity to plant up a container with a selection of herb seedlings to grow and enjoy this season.
We need someone to coordinate members for the 2019 season or we will not have beds for rent this season. Please contact Teresa at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
The volunteer membership coordinator collects contract/payments/deposits for those interested in renting garden beds in 2019 ensuring all members have a Southwood Community Association membership. They would then pass on payments to the treasurer for deposit and assign beds for the season (People usually have the ability to request the bed they had last year).
The membership coordinator would reach out to members who have shown interest on their contracts to coordinate workdays/meetings (ordering compost, compost turning, compost spreading, mulch laying, watering…). They would also assign monthly to-do lists and ensure that members are taking care of their beds and the communal spaces. At the end of the season, they would make sure beds are appropriately cleaned up and return/destroy bed deposits.