Update on the Oliver Community gardens
This growing year has been very successful so far. It started out quite rainy, and it was a bit scary leaving all of our little plants out in the cold, BUT it paid off and now our gardens are gorgeous. The gardens are located at the Quails Art Gallery just past the Seniors Centre.
It all starts with the educational part of the growing season. Thanks to a grant from CIBC we have a teacher who visits each school including OK Falls Elementary school this year and teaches the students some basics about growing food. The students then walk down to the gardens and plant their veggies in their school’s bed. We must thank all the teachers for their help in making this possible.
This year, we planted all kinds of vegetables: squashes (including spaghetti, and pumpkin), tomatoes, peppers, carrots, beets, cabbage, cucumbers, sunflowers cantaloupe and even marigolds. It is amazing how everything is growing!!! The trick to our success this year is that automatic sprinklers were installed. A big thank you to the irrigation team of Sandra, Luke, Juleen and Mal for all their hard work to make this possible!
The food that is grown at the gardens will be shared by the Oliver Food Bank and the weekly Farm to School Salad Bar Program at Tuc-el-Nuit and Oliver Elementary schools. The harvest will be great this year. It will be fun to keep track of the food that is picked.
The students that are attending the summer art program at the Quail’s Nest Art Centre are getting the opportunity to see more of the growing cycle and help out by keeping the weeds down – if everybody helps it make for less work. They are also making some amazing art projects, some of which will stay in the garden for everyone to enjoy.
Take some time this summer to go down to the gardens and see what is growing.
By Claire Schwartzenberger
It’s barely June but my thirsty grass is making me think about ways to save water this summer.
Join us for a Waterwise Gardening Workshop on Saturday June 9th from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at the Oliver Community Garden at the Quail’s Nest Art Centre to learn how to start making those dreams a reality.
Paula is the author of Waterwise Gardening for Home and Small Acreage Owners of the Oliver Area, available for free download, and will be discussing garden plans specific to the South Okanagan and Oliver area.
Email us at olivercommunitygarden (at) yahoo.com or phone Heather at 250-485-2575 to pre-register. Donations gratefully accepted.
The lovely Paula Rodriguez de la Vega has worked very hard on putting together a comprehensive waterwise gardening handbook and her hard work has finally paid off! She has asked the Oliver Community Garden to help share the fruits of her labours and make her handbook available for free download. Click here to download a copy of Waterwise Gardening for Home and Small Acreage Owners of the Oliver Area.
Paula will also be presenting our June 9th workshop on Waterwise Gardening. Check out the handbook and if you want to learn more, email us at olivercommunitygarden (at) yahoo.com to register for the workshop.
Waterwise Gardening Booklet. Download this 55 page informational manual tailor made for the Oliver and Rural Oliver Areas. Learn about general water conservation methods for your garden and backyard (excluding agricultural fields or vegetable gardens). Learn about xeriscaping concepts and options to reduce water use on your property or lot. Learn about water conservation for lawns and how to reduce the risk of soil erosion if you have slopes with silty soils. Included is a comprehensive drought tolerant plant list, an invasive plant list, and a resource section.
Also available for download from the Town of Oliver website.
Cameron Baughen, the Solid Waste Management Coordinator for the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is presenting a series of free information workshops on composting on the following dates and locations:
- Oliver Thu, Mar 22 , 6 PM ‐ How to Use The Green Cone, Quail’s Nest Arts Centre (Community Garden)
- Penticton, Fri, Mar 23, 6 PM ‐ How to Use The Green Cone, Penticton Community Garden, Vancouver Ave
- Penticton, Sat, Mar 24, 2 PM ‐ Backyard Composting, Penticton Community Garden, Vancouver Ave
- Penticton, Mon, Mar 26, 7 PM ‐ Worm Composting, RDOS, 101 Martin St
- Princeton, Tue, Mar 27, 6 PM ‐ How to Use Bokashicycle, John Allison Elementary
- Oliver, Wed, Mar 28, 6 PM ‐ How to Use Bokashicycle, Quail’s Nest Arts Centre (Community Garden)
- Penticton, Thu, Mar 29, 6 PM ‐ How to Use Bokashicycle, Penticton Community Garden, Vancouver Ave
- Oliver, Sat, Mar 31, 2 PM ‐ Backyard Composting, Quail’s Nest Arts Centre (Community Garden)
- Keremeos, Sun, Apr 1, 2 PM ‐ Backyard Composting, Memorial Park
For more information contact Cameron Baughen at email@example.com or phone 250-490-4203 or toll free 1-877-610-3737.
Click on the link below for more information on the different types of composting as well as how to purchase your own composter.