Seed Savers’ Fabulous Beans and Gardening Advice
On April 2, 2015 at 7pm the Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers will host their monthly meeting. In line with their ongoing quest to find varieties that can be considered to be “All Comox Valley Winners” or outstanding performers year after year despite climate change and multiple local environmental conditions, the 2015 “All Comox Valley Bean” will be announced, and possible bean candidates for 2016 and beyond will be discussed. Royann Petrell (Director and avid bean developer for over 20 years) will ask the membership to grow the 2015 winner and test candidates so that the Seed Bank will be able to amass over 1000 good quality seeds of each variety! Terry Batt (Seed Bank member) will discuss how she is able to produce copious quantities of beans in her small garden.
For the second half of the meeting a panel of experts will be available to address bothersome vegetable garden questions such as the following: Why won’t my compost heat up? What is the secret to growing great tomatoes? For new gardeners, what should be the first vegetable to grow and why? How do I make sure my compost does not smell? What does it mean when they say “Plant as soon as the ground can be worked”? Why, despite trying everything can I not grow spinach? How and why should I sterilize used pots? What plants should I start indoors now?
On hand to answer these and audience submitted questions will be Arzeena Hamir who is a Professional Agrologist with Master’s Degree in Sustainable Agriculture from the University of London England. For more about Arzeena click here http://cvgss.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Arzeena.pdf
Leslie Cox, a Master Gardener and the well-known writer of the column “Duchess of Dirt” to visit her website click here http://duchessofdirt.ca/
Joyce McMenamon, a Master composter. Joyce will address compost and composting related questions. For more about Joyce click here http://cvgss.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Joyce.pdf
Come and share our passion for seed saving and growing on April 2nd. New memberships, as well as renewals will be sold at the door. Following the meeting there will be delicious refreshments and opportunities to speak to experienced growers.
The meeting is by donation for nonmembers. Creekside Commons is at 2202 Lambert Street. From Cumberland Road take Willemar to 20th St. Turn right, three blocks to Lambert Street on the left. There is limited parking at Creekside, so please park on Lambert. Please bring slippers as shoes are not permitted inside.
Direct questions to Sylvain Alie at 250-336-8632.