Despite all the thunderstorms (!) there has been plenty of that famous Okanagan sunshine to ripen the tomatoes and help our gardens grow. In my own garden I’ve been picking crisp green beans, sweet cherry tomatoes and savouring the last few sweet strawberries.
Every second Tuesday is harvest time at the Oliver Community Garden too. Produce grown in the school beds is gathered and delivered to our local food bank. The beds are full of lush greenery so it’s almost a challenge to search through the beds to find the tomatoes, beans, carrots, beets and other vegetables lurking there. The last round of donations included rhubarb, tomatoes and baby carrots. This time I’m planning on adding some bunches of fresh herbs to the box.
If you can spare half an hour please come out and join us tomorrow night (Tuesday August 27th) at 6:30 pm.
p.s. If you’re a backyard gardener with an over abundance of zucchini, fresh produce is always gratefully received by the food bank! It’s open every second Wednesday at 9 am and is located on Station Street.
We’ve been hard at work preparing for our big Bloomin’ Plant Sale on Saturday May 26th, 2012 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Oliver Community Garden at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre. We’ve held a plant sale in combination with Communities in Bloom for the past 3 years but this year we’re flying solo as the Communities in Bloom competition is finished for Oliver, for now.
This year we’re hoping to make the sale more of an event. We have The Gala Vanters lined up to play some live music, there will be a craft corner for the kids, food, vendors, loonie auction, lots of gardening information and of course, lots of plants. The Oliver Ambassadors will also be on hand for the festivities.
We still need help with a few things:
First, we need plants to sell! If you’re digging in your garden and have plants to divide and pass on, send them our way! We’ll gladly take those extra perennials or bulbs. Rearranging and no room for that rosebush? Let us help you find it a new home. Please call or email us and we can arrange to pick the plants up from you.
The second thing is food. We’d love to have a BBQ set up selling Hamburgers and Hotdogs so consider this an invitation to a local service group to grab an extra fundraising opportunity. You can keep all the profits – we’d just like to have food available as part of the event.
Can you help us out? Call Heather at 250-485-2575 or email olivercommunitygarden (at) yahoo.com
And the last way you can help? Come to our Bloomin’ Plant Sale! There will be lots to see and do and you’ll be glad you did. See you there!
P.S. There’s lots of changes happening at the Oliver Community Garden. Here’s a little “before” picture for you . . . stay tuned!
Oliver is competing in the 2011 Communities in Bloom Competition. The judges arrive on Tuesday, July 19th and will be touring Oliver on Wednesday, July 20th including a stop at the Community Garden.
Oliver received 4 out of 5 blooms in the 2010 competition and co-chairs Betty Lou Bahnsen Trimmer and Beth Garrish have been working hard to make sure we win that 5th bloom this year!
We will be having a weeding party on the morning of Sunday, July 17th from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. to make sure the gardens are looking their best. Please come and join us – many hands make light work! If you can’t attend Sunday morning, please try to find some time to stop by before the 19th and pull a few weeds.
Lets show the judges what amazing things we in Oliver can do when we work together!
Exciting new things are in the works for the 2011 growing season! Plans are well under way to set up the gardens on the Quail’s Nest property in partnership with the Oliver Community Arts Council – just working out the final details and then we’re really going to get things started!
If you have any interested in getting involved in the planning stages of our set up or have any suggestions on what you would like to see included in the garden please call or email me. We will also be looking for donations of start up materials such as dirt and compost so if you can help us out in that way it will be greatly appreciated!
A workbee will be held in the spring to set up the gardens – watch your email, our website and other local news sources for more details. The Oliver Daily News website has been doing a great job of helping increase awareness of the Oliver Community Garden – check out the latest article here.
Don’t forget to reserve your garden box for the 2011 growing season by calling or emailing me. We’re setting up fewer boxes this year so space is limited!
Looking forward to growing and gardening with you!
The weatherman is predicting 10 degrees and sunny for our Spring Work Bee on Saturday April 10th! Come on out and help us get the gardens ready to start planting!
. . . time to start waking up the garden. Time to revitalize the soil, plan what to new things to plant, and clean up existing plants. Many times the cleaning up results in buckets of extra flowers such as irises. Rather than throwing them out, why not donate them to the community garden?
We are looking for irises to plant along the west fence of the garden and we need your help! Irises can be brought to the WorkBee on Saturday, April 10th from 9 am – noon, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make other arrangements.
Our Spring Kick-off will be a Work Bee held on Saturday, April 10th. Coffee and muffins will be available by donation at 9 am and then we will work on waking up the garden. At 10:30 Cam Baughen from the RDOS will give a talk on composting. Many thanks to Cam for coming out and sharing his composting expertise with us!
Many hands make light work so we hope to have as many helpers as possible! Hope to see you there!
Calling all gardeners!
We’re gearing up for the 2010 growing season. If you haven’t already reserved your box, please contact us soon! Boxes can be reserved by emailing Heather at email@example.com . All boxes will be 4’x8′ this year for $30.
Plans are well under way for another great year. Look for us at the upcoming Family Fair with Heart (Feb 27th, 2010), Seedy Saturday (Date to be Announced – March 2010), the Women of Oliver for Women Forum on February 20th, 2010, as well as the summer Farmer’s Markets.
This year we also have plans to build a children’s garden – contact Heather if you’d like to get involved.
Even if you don’t want to grow your own garden, volunteers are always needed and appreciated. No job too big or small – extra hands are always needed for everything from harvesting and delivering produce to the food bank to weeding to shoveling dirt!