South Delta Garden Club
The South Delta Garden Club

since 1952


Our GARDEN TOUR 2019 is coming this June 23rd!  
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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)



June 18th Speaker

Janis Matson 

Small Trees for 

Urvan Gardens

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Speaker begins at 7:30 pm


Janis Matson brings a plethora of knowledge, education and experience along with enthusiasm and approachability to her talks and classes.




Included in her long list of certificates and degrees Janis boasts a Red Seal Journeyman in Horticulture and is currently an instructor at VanDusen Botanical Gardens, a horticulture instructor at Kwantlen and a faculty instructor with Burnaby Community Education Horticultural Residential Landscape Technician, Hardscape and Apprenticeship programs as well as the owner of Shoreline Landscape Design.



  






















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


June Gardening

To Do list

By Angelika Hedley


General


Deadhead, water, allow biological controls to grow/live in garden


Plant


Container plants


- Stake floppy plants

- Divide iris, spring perennials


Prune


Spring bloomers


 - cut off dead foliage, seedpods

 - Thin tree fruits, grapes


Plant Health

Fish fertilizer on container plants


 - Black spot - spray with skim milk mixture

 - Water as needed, deeply but not too often

 - Mulch, top dress to suppress weeds


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.