Children in the Garden (for ages 4 – 9)

Children ages 4 – 9 will learn how to grow a garden and participate in garden related crafts and games. Parents who do not need to directly supervise their child can help out with other gardening tasks, or relax and get to know your gardening neighbors! Please RSVP to so we can plan to have enough supplies.

We will meet 10am – 11am on the following Saturdays:

March 10 / March 31 / April 14 (part of Art in the Garden) / April 28 / May 12

Some thoughts on starting a garden from one of our own…

Lyrical Garden Libby

I love starting a garden. Cardboard is laid on the grass, and bark spread upon it.
A field of useless grass, which needs mowing if not also chemicals to maintain, is soon transformed into an attractive natural looking area, at the same time as it is creating a rich soil out of the decomposing bark and cardboard. The cardboard is recycled from large containers, and the bark is given free by tree companies who are happy to offload it rather than take it to the dump.

Next come autumn leaves, and manure from vegetarian animals, spread on the areas where soil for plants is to be created.

I love moving the mulch and feeling the sun and breeze on my working muscles. This body loves physical labour. It feels exultant when perspiration arises, anticipating the pleasure of bathing later.

I dream of a time when more and more of those grassy lawns we see, are reduced with areas of mulched ground, pleasant to see, and suggesting wild nature, which recycles and does not create waste. They will be decomposting – breaking down ready for creating a garden; top up the mulch with more free mulch as needed. One day we will need to feed ourselves and not rely on food that is shipped in. This is how to create local resilience –

I can’t wait to harvest our own organic crops. How good they taste.

Elizabeth E Mitchell
Silk Painting and Studio Experiences.

It’s kale season!


Our kale is looking beautiful and we’ve been harvesting Red Russian and Lacinato kale for weeks.  Our Curly kale should be ready soon.

This is a good time to remember sustainable harvesting of kale (and all leafy greens). A good rule of thumb is to never take more than a third of the leaves, as they are needed to keep the plant growing. If a kale plant has several healthy leaves, you can harvest a one or two leaves starting from the bottom of the plant, and then move on to the next plant. Snap off the stem or use a knife or scissors to cut the leaf at the base of the stem. Do not take just the leaf and do not take the whole plant! This allows the plant to continue growing and producing for your fellow gardeners. You can see sustainable harvesting in this video.

We have several kale patches so you should be able to harvest enough kale for your meal using this method. Sustainable harvesting is also the way to go with the mustard greens and our little chard patch, knowing that we will have a lot more chard in the new year!

Happy eating!

Painting in the Garden with Lib!

Sunday, January 31st, 2:00pm – 5:00 pm

Our very own artistic Lib is bringing back her awesome painting parties. We especially love children at these events because their art brings such an awesome dynamic to our garden. Just be sure to bring a smock or dress them in clothes that can be painted. Bring snack to share, painting clothes, brush and paint if you wish (we will have brushes and paints to share too).

Adult painters welcomed to be examples for kids. We can paint stones, bricks, buckets or anything at all, but the palms are fun to make garden spirits.

We need palm frond heels (the naked ones pictured below). If you have them, please drop them off at the garden by January 30th.

Free but donations happily accepted. Everyone welcome!