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and so much more tonight, Wednesday Dec. 2 at VIU. 7:00 p.m.

The 2009 pilot project coordinators are willing to add more vegetables and varieties within those vegetable families to the Seed Saving Project in 2010. Are you jumping, up and down?

The Project will still keep track of the original beans/peas, beet/chard and squash varieties but new vegetable varieties will be added, for the food security enthusiast, horticultural therapist, market gardeners or for those, who just want to plant a pot of fresh herbs near the back door.

All in the name of the increasingly loud buzz word, local sustainability.
Can you hear this sound?
BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

Now that the seed saving Project is being expanded, I’ll bring more beet, cucumber, parship, pepper and tomato seeds tonight. A bunch of cilantro and dill. Plus in the flower department(got to attract those beneficial insects) calendula, cosmos, marigolds, poppies and ornamental sunflowers. And that’s just a fraction of the flowers, herbs, vegetable seeds I have to trade/donate.

Then there’s a Kale Force seed-saving party, in January, food security author, Robin Wheeler in February and Seedy Saturday in March. Plus a permaculture, organic vegetable/seed saving gardening course in the spring. Oops!

Did I let three cats out of the bag?

Watch this space!

Doors open Saturday March 14th 10 a.m for Powell River’s fourth SEEDY SATURDAY,
at Community Living Place, 6831 Artaban Street, Cranberry.

Bring your seeds, tubers, cuttings, food plants etc. to a lively day of swapping garden plants and information. Cost for this community gardening event is a nominal $1 for admission with children under 12 are free. In addition to the exchange, information booths, and refreshments at the Seedy Lounge plus a supervised children’s activity corner, all day.

Five free workshops included:

10:00-10:45 a.m. Berry Happy, Thank You

Volunteer Master Gardener Myst de Vana presents ways to boost immunity in small fruit shrubs. You can have your fruit (and eat it too) by selecting sturdy varieties, planting for long-term health, and preventing disease and pestiferous creature problems. Managing crop size, staggering harvests, and using wild berries all help create a potentially long season of treats for our cereal and desserts.

11:00-11:45 p.m. Winter Gardening for Powell River

Master Composter, and professional horticultural therapist, Carol Engram helps you plan and manage a productive winter garden. Start planning your winter garden now, in order to plant in July.

12:00-12:45 p.m. Permaculture Gardening for our ‘Wet Coast’

Patches, from Nimh Permaculture Farm, south of town, provides practical tips for incorporating perennial food crops and sustainable gardening techniques into your garden and home landscape.

1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Starting Plants from Seed

Kevin Wilson from micro-market garden, Fiddler’s Farm demostrates how to take the seeds you get at Seedy Saturday and grow them into healthy plants. Workshop covers starting seeds indoors under lights, direct seeding outdoors, and starting seeds the easy way with minimal protection.

2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m. PLANT frequently. HARVEST abundantly.

Wildwood market gardener, Wendy Devlin helps you plan a small vegetable garden in advance in order to extend productivity and extension of the harvest.