SEEDS is Moving!
By Stephanie Myers
A quick update and THANK YOU to everyone who has purchased a 2018 Homes of Nelson Calendar! This SEEDS fundraiser continues to be a much awaited event each year and well, we couldn’t do it without you. As of Dec 12/17 there are still calendars available at participating retailers. Go here for the list.
SEEDS Nelson has another check mark in the WIN department…
Board members of the SEEDS board were in attendance at the Nelson city council meeting on Monday, Dec 4th to hear that the news that they unanimously passed a recommendation from the city staff to gift SEEDS Nelson the GrowMore greenhouse from the Lakeside Park location and help to move it up to the 7th Street park. This means we are moving as of spring 2018! The details and timeline still need some fine tuning, but both the city council, public works departments and SEEDS itself are excited and enthusiastic about the possibilities this move opens up.
The 7th Street location has great sun exposure, and a handy parking lot nearby. This is a high density residentual area in close proximity to a seniors complex. We’re really hoping our new neighbours take an interest and want to get involved.
SEEDS is also working with one of the home building centres to find the best deal to re-skin the greenhouse.
We would like to thank the City of Nelson staff and council for all of their support throughout the years and we look forward to continuing this great relationship at a new sunny location.
See you in 2018.
Winter is here.
by Nicole Murray
Winter is here and the SEEDS gardens are finished producing for the season. The garlic has been planted and mulched, cover crops sown and the worm bins are going to spend the winter in the greenhouse. We planted the cover crops just before it froze and unfortunately, they didn’t germinate but I placed a layer of leaf mulch to protect them until spring. I’ll have to make a note to plant them earlier next year! There are four raised beds planted with kale, collards and swiss chard. They have been mulched with straw, covered with remay and protected by small hoop houses. These plants will be ready to go in the spring for an early crop of greens. We did this last year and some plants didn’t make it through the winter, so hopefully, the extra insulation from the straw and remay will help. We have strawberries that were collected from the outdoor space and potted up in the greenhouse, as well as greens growing for our adopt-a-pot fundraiser this coming spring.
It’s been a great year and I look forward to the next season! I will leave you with a quote from ‘The Garden in Bloom’ by Ann Lovejoy. It has helped me appreciate winter a bit more.
“Winter is not simply a passage between autumn glory and spring bounty. It is not only fallow. Indeed, winter is not empty at all. As gardeners are fully aware, it is a time of rest and renewal, of slow and slumbering growth. It is a time for regrouping, consolidating, gathering strength.”
See you in the spring.
Winter Volunteer Hours
Tuesday & Thursday
9:00 AM – 12noon