a The Learning Garden: August 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

Veggies in the Garden - Summer 2015 Update

This summer has created a wonderful harvest in the Learning Garden. The wheat in the Celtic Spiral is tall, and the sunflowers that were planted earlier in the season by students have fully bloomed, providing a bright welcome to the space.

We have many veggies growing in the garden including watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkins, corn, carrots, beets, zucchini, cucumber, eggplant, peppers and more! The herbs that were planted in previous years have been flourishing and this year we added a chocolate mint and lavender plant to the herb bed.

The snap peas have come and gone by this point, but the zucchini and cucumber have provided ongoing veggies to harvest. So far they have been eaten by the friendly deer that likes to frequent the garden and sample our vegetables, as well as some students, faculty and staff.

In the area between the Celtic Spiral and the pond, the area was covered in stone dust by Facilities Management in preparation for the Al King memorial lookout in the area. The clearing removed several lavender bushes and a saskatoon bush, but it also removed a lot of invasive plants that were taking over the area. 

The pumpkin and spaghetti squash plants have expanded out of the garden beds and spilled over on the the pathway.

The potato plants (purple, red, and gold) are all flourishing and we can begin to harvest them soon!

The moroccan spearmint has started flowering and is attracting a lot of bees, as are the purple coneflowers that were part of the herb bed.

The first round of carrots, beets, and parsnips are nice and big, and the second round are still little sproutlings trying to get established.

The zucchini, cantaloupe, and pumpkin are all in flower, which has been a lovely addition to the garden foliage.

The corn is growing, but the deer has been nibbling on the ends of the corn cobs so hopefully that means the corn is tasty!

That's all for now!

Monday, August 03, 2015

Welcome . . .

. . .Sarah Bird! 

Sarah is a UBC Biology graduate student, who will be working as an academic research assistant at the Learning Garden while I am away on study leave this year. This year, look for more organic vegetables and soulful involvement from environmentally-friendly, socially-conscientious students!

You are most welcome to the Learning Garden, Sarah!

Also with much gratitude to the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for their ongoing support of our little garden over the years. Thank you. . .

FYI: Learning Garden foragers - please keep in mind that the produce is being cultivated for students in need, for local homeless shelters and for foodbanks.

As I travel this year and continue to work this year in support of eco-justice, nine years after the LG began, our work only becomes more relevant

Peace and good to all,