Starting our Garden March 11, 2011


Many thanks to those dedicated people who braved the cold and rain to come out and start our garden growing! And a special thanks to Matthew Kemshaw from Environmental Youth Alliance ( ) who came to help us and gave a talk at the garden.

We talked a bit about our soil and what it needed. He looked at it and said it wasn’t too bad, must be all the things we did last year on it :)(thanks to Keira McPhee!). He suggested we get some with lime that provides calcium in it because of the wet weather in Vancouver these get leached out.
Lime furnishes calcium which is needed for root development, strengthening of cell walls, and for formation of protoplasm and proteins; counteracts acidity; hastens decomposition of organic matter; aids in development of nitrogen fixing bacteria; reduces toxicity of certain compounds.

We also talked about how to find out what is in your soil with a very easy test. This link shows the step by step process on how to do this

Matthew talked about and showed us how to prepare the bed for planting. We did the first one where the strawberries are. We separated the strawberry plants as they were overcrowded and we were informed that strawberry plants don’t like to get crowded and actually like to be moved every once in awhile . We gave the extra plants to the people that came to start their own strawberries.

We planted some calendula and borage seeds in our edible flower garden and  will plant the nasturtium seeds and the pansy seeds when it gets a bit warmer although the pansy can be started indoors right now and I have started a few at home to try to get ready to plant for mid April. Ask me where I keep my plants that I am trying to sprout?

We will wait a couple more weeks to plant our greens (lettuce etc) but we still have the gai lan and kale from the winter garden growing now

I handed out turmeric roots along with instructions on how to grow them and the ginger roots and asked everyone if they get them to grow bring one to the garden to plant and keep one for a house plant to see how it grows we will be keeping a log on how to grow these on our blog our successes as well as failures.

We have lots of new things happening with the garden this year. If you have any questions email us at

About Eva

Eva Aboud is a community outreach /food security coordinator. She has worked at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House since 2004. And is very passionate about her work. She loves the Frog Hollow community and continues to learn and connect with people from not just the neighbourhood but from all over the world! Also a Blogger at The Power Of Positive Change
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