July 2017 at the Gardens
by Nicole Murray
This summer is flying by! With all the exciting adventures that come with summer, it’s important to stop and smell the roses. They’re in bloom! Whenever I enter a garden I like to slow down and have a close look at things. I check the underside of leaves to see if there are any bugs or fungus and looking at the general appearance of the plant. Some plants may have fallen over or grown into one another, and others might look a little thirsty. I watch the bees and other pollinators do their work and occasionally get a visit from a hummingbird. Observing and assessing the garden helps you learn about how your garden works and all the individuals that play a part in the whole community.
For July, Nicole discusses assessing friends of the garden such as such as ladybug larvae and pests like cabbage moth caterpillars. Click on the playlist and choose July videos in the playlist (top left of video) if you are wondering what these little guys look like.
Those cute little red spotted beetles we welcome in and sing rhymes about are a beneficial addition to the garden community. The ladybug life cycle isn’t much different from a butterfly. It goes through the same 4 stages; the egg stage, larval stage, pupa and adulthood. The eggs are attached to the underside of leaves to protect them from flying predators. The eggs are yellow and usually in groups of 10-15. The ladybug does eat aphids but when it’s in the larval stage they come out hungry!
The larvae look like tiny black and orange alligators and have quite the appetite for aphids and other mites. Once the larva has reached a certain weight, about 15 milligrams, it enters the pupa stage. They attach themselves to a leaf and develop into a ladybug. Depending on the temperature this stage can last 3 days to 2 weeks for the ladybug to emerge. So have a look around! You never know what interesting things you’ll see.
Looking Into The Future of SEEDS
Stephanie Myers and Jon Meir of the SEEDS board of directors presented to the city council at the Committee of the Whole on Monday, July 17th.
The SEEDS board has been hard at work refocusing the organization back to its original purpose. Engaging seniors, school kids and everyone in-between to share knowledge and skills relating to growing food. Education is the key.
We are hoping to make use of the old Growmore (greenhouse), we want to take it off the city’s hands and move it into the outdoor space and re-skin it. This will require more area, so that is what we requested from the city. We will need to discuss this with the parks staff that we share the space with. They have been wonderfully generous thus far, so we are hoping this can move forward.
Thanks to all the organizations that gave us letters of support for this project: West Kootenay EcoSociety, the Nelson Food Cupboard, Our Daily Bread and St. Saviour’s Food Pantry.