South Delta Garden Club
The South Delta Garden Club

since 1952




The South Delta Garden Club meets the third Tuesday* of the month in Ladner. Meetings feature knowledgeable guest speakers, show and share, door prize, raffles, refreshments and the sharing of information in a positive social environment with local gardening enthusiasts. 



Club activities include day tours, visits to garden club members' gardens, workshops, work parties and fund raising events to support community projects, a summer picnic and Christmas party.

*No meeting in July, Aug & Dec.  Click  Find Us for location details

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Membership $20 / year, Guests $5 (can be applied to membership)



Sept 17th Speaker

Brian Minter 

Food Gardening

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Speaker begins at 7:30 pm

Brian is a Horticulturist, Entrepreneur and Businessman.  Since 1972 he has been President/Co-Owner with wife Faye of Minter Country Garden Ltd. in Chilliwack, BC.  But he doesn't stop there!  Brian has had an amazing career:

- Syndicated columnist for local newspapers and columnist for BC, national and international garden magazines

- Radio columnist and gardening open-line host with CBC Radio

- Former guest commentator on BBC’s open line garden show in Britain

- International speaker on gardening, tourism and business trends

- Author: 'Brian Minter's New Gardening Guide’, June 1998, Canadian non-fiction best seller.

- Writes weekly gardening column for the Vancouver Sun, B.C.’s  largest newspaper group.


Brian has been given a number of awards with the most recent being:

- Perennial Plant Association ‘Award of Merit’ 2014   (The association’s highest honour) 

- Garden Writers Association ‘Hall of Fame Award’ 2014  (The association’s highest honour)

- Person of the Year (2015) from Canadian Garden Council

- Recipient of the Order of B.C. (2018)


He has been involved with different service organizations including his latest as the Co-founder of Plant a Row, Grow a Row Un Rang Pour Ceux Qui On Faim – a national program supplying food for Canadian food banks.


Brian is an extremely popular speaker, very entertaining and knowledgeable. His topic will include veggies, planting and growing fruit trees, particularly in small space gardens and containers.  Two issues:  Ladner has clay soil and  Tsawwassen has gravelly soil and both areas have a water table that rises and falls with the tide.  Our members are interested in what fruit and berry varieties can tolerate these conditions.

Website:  www.mintergardening.com


Gardening Stuff

The Bees Need Your Help!!


Neonicotinoid pesticides are slowly killing bees. 75% of the world's honey is now contaminated with bee-killing pesticides.

Please educate yourself and make sure you are not part of the problem.

More Info

Save the bees


July Gardening

To Do list

By Angelika Hedley


General


Deadhead, water, mulch.


Plant


- Fall vegetables, bulbs

- Spring annuals

- Take soft wood cuttings


Prune


Lightly: heather, wisteria

- Hedges, espalier trees

- Cut out flower/fruit wood: rambler roses, canes


Plant Health

 - Powdery mildew - does not affect plant production

- Black spot: spray with skim milk mixture


Water, mulch, fertilize as needed


Club members, see your News in Bloom monthly newsletter for more things to do.


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May Speaker Recap

Lucretia Schanfarber

Grow Your Own Superfoods - Build Your Own Supersoil

by Heather Fayers

Healthy soil yields healthy food. At our May meeting we learned various methods to promote healthy biodiversity in the soil of our vegetable and flower gardens. First, do away with segregation; perennial kale and chard look great in flower beds all year. Use alfalfa pellets generously as a al natural fertilizer and soil conditioner. Add water after sprinkling 1 cup per square foot. Make use of free leaves and grass clippings. 

Take every opportunity to observe and learn from plants and weeds growing in your garden. You will become a better gardener and happier person. 

Avoid digging if possible. Digging take energy, and destroys soil organisms and textures. If the soil fauna are killed by chemicals or excessive digging, plants are unable to take up available nutrients. Use a fork to loosen and aerate the soil. 

Leave the roots of harvested crops in place, to decay and provide nutrients right where they will be needed for the next rotation. Maintain a thick mulch around the plants at all times. Mulch and accumulated biomass (weed piles) attract earth worms which aerate and improve the tilth of the soil for us. 

Cultivate protective practices to help promote and maintain bird, insect and animal life. Mushroom or fungi “roots “are a good thing (except around roses). 

Use vegetable matter of all sorts to bulk up the soil no matter what type it is. Use dedicated pathways of cardboard covered with sawdust and/or bark chips in your garden to avoid compacting the soil.  After two or three years the decomposed material can be dug in. 


Editors note:

For the sake of the many species of ground nesting bees leave open sandy gravelly places at the base of a sunny wall or on the edge of your garden beds.

Club members, see your News in Bloom monthly newsletter for more.