Saturday September 30

Started at 2:00 PM

Our fourth and final...

... Information Exchange session and Social was held on September 30, 2017. A group of intrepid gardeners braved the dodgy weather -- cool, windy with showers mixed in.

The afternoon kicked off with a discussion about our upcoming AGM on Thursday, October 5th and volunteering opportunities. There are no paid positions at Agnes Gardens -- everything is done by volunteers so we depend on people stepping up to help. In the AGM information package there is a volunteer sheet listing all the jobs that need doing.

Garden Info Session

A wide variety of topics were discussed including the 2017 harvests (an excellent year except for the rat damage to crops), preparing the gardens for winter (mulching or covering the plots with plastic/landscape cloth to suppress weeds), and rat control. Rats are a huge problem, especially this year. See our website under ADVICE AND TIPS, "Rats in Compost" for an excellent write-up, courtesy of the Compost Education Education Centre - Victoria. One of the key control measures is to harvest *all* crops. Rats will eat anything so don't leave food on the ground. Buckwheat, which has been used as a summer/fall cover crop and a pollinator, is not recommended because rats *love* it. Another control measure is to encourage birds of prey, including owls. It was recommended by a bird expert at Saanich to leave perching poles in your garden over winter (not plastic-covered greenhouses which must come down by the end of October).

Fertilizer Sheet

Nancy very kindly brought copies of a Fertilizer Information Sheet compiled by Borden Mercantile as well as a gardening book for our draw.

Borden's sells a good selection of organic fertilizer in bulk or bagged (full bags or half-bags). Don't forget the 10% discount we get with our garden card.

No session would be complete without goodies. A big thank-you to Carole, who brought wonderful rhubarb muffins and butter tarts. There was also a delicious cake from 6-Mile Bakery.

Barbara, Judy, Nancy, Carole

Garden Education and Socials Team