April 2018 Greenhouse Update
April has been a busy month that’s for sure! Prepping the garden beds, planning what to plant and managing a project at South Nelson Elementary. The garlic we planted is growing really well. They were mulched with leaves in the fall and this spring covered with a bit of soil. The leaves will break down over time feeding the garlic and the soil on top will keep it tidy and allow us to plant a companion between the rows of garlic. This year we planted romaine lettuce to maximize the use of our little plot of land.
Spring Volunteer Hours
Monday - Wednesday - Friday
9:00 am – 12noon
South Nelson School Project
I was approached by a group of parents last year to design and manage a project to plant the bare slope at South Nelson Elementary. The volunteer support was amazing! We had kids and parents helping with the site prep and planting. Many hands make light work! On our planting day we had to wait out a fierce thunderstorm that rolled in and out pretty quickly. It turned out to be a nice sunny day for us to work in. Here is a news article about it. Hoping to get it in the Nelson Star too so keep your eyes open for it. Pop by the school and see how it has filled out! The idea was to add diversity to the area and stabilize the slope with native plants as well as other ornamental grasses and flowering perennials. Red Osier Dogwood, Rugosa and Prickly Roses, Paper Birch tree with Ladyferns (ferns not available to plant yet) around its base are on the main part of the slope. Up at the top, we planted Kinnikinnick, Thyme, Echinacea, Karl Foerester grasses and yarrow. We sowed white clover on the planting areas to keep the soil in place until the plants fill in. There are little goat tracks separating the planting areas and once the plants are established, the kids will be able to explore and get a closer look at everything.
Caring for your Adopt-A-Pot
Since some of you reading this may have purchased Adopt-a-pots this year, here are some care tips for you. If you have space you can re-plant everything out separately in your garden but it will do fine if kept in the pot. Pick the leaves as you wish to eat them, but be careful and cut them at the point where they connect to the main stalk of the plant. Try not to rip them off, you may risk damaging the plant. The collards, kale and Pac Choi can be lightly steamed or sauteed, and everything can be eaten raw, even the flowers! Since all of the plants are in close quarters they will be fighting over the food in the soil. We did use Sea Soil compost in our potting mix but the nutrients from that will only last so long. For my plants at home, I like to use Wegener’s Liquid fertilizer which you can buy locally at
Take home your pot of greens today!Visit the greenhouse at Lakeside Park Mon, Wed or Fri from 10-12. As of May 24, 2018 there’s 19 of the small size available and one large left.
by Stephanie Myers
SEEDS Nelson has had a busy spring so far. The plan is moving forward for the relocation of the old city greenhouse to the 7th Street Park, we have had discussions with an engineer who is very familiar with best practices for greenhouse construction as well as a general contractor regarding site preparation. We applied for the CIP/AAp grant through the City of Nelson and the RDCK Areas E & F for help with funding to re-skin the greenhouse. Home Building Centre has come on as a partner as well. We are researching what the best product will be for the skin looking at costs, durability and look. We want the greenhouse to be a beautiful functional asset to the community.
In the last few weeks, we have been doing some other fundraising. We held our annual Seedy Saturday at the Royal Canadian Legion on April 7th. It was a snowy cold day so it was a bit of a stretch to think of gardening but we managed to put it off. Next year we are looking to add a coffee and snack vendor.
➜ Head on over to fb to see all the pics from the Nelson Garden Festival. Go Here.