Springtime Gardening

Following a long winter and stringent COVID measures keeping us mostly homebound, it is encouraging to see the sunshine and the fruit trees begin to bud. At last, the long-awaited sense experience of Spring is upon us! What a great reason to get into your gardens, hit the trails or take a stroll on our lovely Beach Avenue for an opportunity for some movement, friendly faces, and fresh air. Over the next few months, we look forward to observing the beauty of our native flora and fauna as it emerges and changes at a rapid rate. We also begin to both consider and envision plans for our own landscaping and gardening projects. As we consider plant selections and colour schemes for our gardens this year, you might want to think about the bright and cheery colour yellow.

This year Communities in Bloom and its partners, including the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association and Garden Centres Canada, are working together to encourage everyone across Canada to plant their 2021 gardens featuring the colour yellow- the international color of hope. They are calling this project Hope Gardens. The Communities in Bloom website noted: “Whether it’s flowers, fruits, shrubs or vegetables – just plant the seeds! From parks to playgrounds, front yards, back yards, balconies, baskets, boulevards, barrels, and planters, wherever there’s an empty space to grow, there is room for a plant. Throughout 2021, anyone and everyone, including municipalities, organizations, schools, churches, colleges and universities, clubs, businesses, and individuals can participate by planting a Hope Garden.” For more information checkout www.hopeisgrowing.ca

Recognized by the District of Peachland as the Green Citizen of the Year - PWC Community Garden Volunteer Facilitator, Darlene Romanko who volunteers in this capacity, with PWC through a Okanagan Master Gardener Project partnership. Darlene shares some of her spring gardening tips in an article published in the Phoenix. Darlene notes that the months of March and April are the perfect time to enrich the soil in our gardens. Darlene recommends using both leaf and vermicompost or what she calls “garden gold” on the garden and around the base of perennials as a tonic. The Spring months are also the time when we get out there and begin to weed the beds and to sow hardy, cool-season veggies, and seeds in the vegetable garden. Click the link to view the full article. https://thepeachlandphoenix.com/guest-column-this-is-what-a-master-gardener-has-done-so-far-this-spring/

Interested in gardening but lacking the space or expertise? The PWC Community Garden program provides infrastructure and information for individuals in Peachland to promote and enable sustainable garden practices so residents can grow their own food and socialize with others in a communal setting. The Volunteer Garden Facilitator helps Participants to learn how to grow, nurture and harvest their own food following sustainable gardening and water practices.

For more information on how you can get a garden bed at the PWC contact us by phone at (250)767-0141, by email at wellnesscentre@shaw.ca or check us out online @ https://www.peachlandwellnesscentre.ca/community-gardens.

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