Easy compost bin, fall crops and SEEDS AGM

Sept 2017 Greenhouse Update

by  Nicole Murray  SEEDS Greenhouse/Gardens Manager

Autumn is here! I always feel refreshed when the cooler weather begins. Even the plants seem to perk up a bit. Relieved after having to endure the hot summer days. September was a month of plenty in our garden and I hope it was in yours too. We harvested all sorts of tomatoes, salad greens, carrots, potatoes, radish, squash, Swiss chard and herbs. We have also been planting new crops too! Some of the late crops we planted are lettuce mixes, collard greens, Swiss chard and kale.


These plants prefer cooler temperatures and grow quickly. You don't have to wait until the plants reach maturity to eat them either! Baby greens will keep growing as you harvest them and produce well into the fall. Placing a piece of remay, which is a light-weight breathable material, over the area you have seeded will help keep any early frost off and moisture and warmth in. It helps protect young and fragile plants from temperature changes and pests. The time to start putting the gardens to bed is near but we don't have to stop planting things yet!

The Easy Compost Bin

A mini-tour of the SEEDS Nelson outdoor gardens. Our fall crops such as collard greens and lettuce are happy and doing well and we've created these two simple round compost bins with wire mesh. Just in time to start to compost the plant debris as we slowly put the garden to rest for the winter.
 

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A compost pile is a good way to work with the natural cycle of decay and regrowth. The pile of plant debris that has accumulated over this growing season has inspired me to build a quick and easy composter. With the help of a volunteer, we used some leftover wire fencing to form 2 cylindrical shapes. We layered the debris and cut it up into small pieces to help things break down faster. There are four elements needed for a compost pile to function; green material, brown material, air and water. If any of these elements are out of balance, the biological activity needed will not happen. The more diverse your ingredients the better!

What Brown Items Can I Use in My Compost Bin?

Brown items like cardboard, dried crop residue, dried leaves, shredded newspaper or paper, sawdust (avoid plywood and anything treated), spoiled straw or hay, wood shavings or chips, egg and nut shells, egg cartons, paper towel and toilet paper rolls.

What Green Items Can I Use in My Compost Bin?

Green items like coffee grounds and filters, grass clippings, juice pulp, kitchen scraps, tea leaves, house plants, plant trimmings, manure and animal bedding.

Some Important Things To Consider...

Keep anything diseased or treated out of your compost pile and avoid adding roots of plants that might regenerate. No dairy, oils, cat or dog waste or meat can go into the pile either. It's a good idea to add a layer of brown material over each layer of green to help with soaking up excess moisture. What your compost pile will look like depends on the time, space and energy you can put into it.

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Volunteer

Drop by and let’s grow together! Our current hours are listed at the bottom of the site.

 
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A Note from board of directors

The SEEDS board has had some very exciting and interesting meetings lately, especially with the City of Nelson parks staff. You maybe asking yourself 'what is going on?,' well you will have to come to the AGM on October 5th to find out!

The art for this year's SEEDS Nelson themed calendar are all picked and we are just waiting for the prototype from the printer, again if you come to the AGM you can get the first look at that as well. No shortage of amazing artists in this town, that is for sure.

If food security and education are important to you please consider joining the SEEDS board.

See you there!

Stephanie Myers