Gardening

Event Date(s): 
Saturday, February 24, 2024
Time: 
10:00am - 2:00pm

The 2024 Annual Seedy Saturday will be held in Fernie on February 24th at 10am.

October, for me, is a month of winding down. Daylight hours are dwindling - if we’re lucky we can follow nature’s cue and pare back our to-do lists. I love autumn in the garden: summer’s frenetic pace is replaced by a gentler tempo, and all that remains to do is tuck everything in for a long winter nap. With the theme of slowing down in mind, I try to strike a balance between relaxing and preparing for next year. I like to keep it simple and do just enough to set the garden up for success.

As I write this with the sun blazing in through an open window, it’s hard to imagine that autumn is just around the corner. After the sweltering dog days of August, I’m looking forward to some cooler temperatures - that said, I’m not ready to let go of summer entirely. In the garden, my chard is going strong and the rows of kale that I seeded in August are still sizing up. I have hopes for some late season salad harvests and I would prefer that they not be dashed by the first hard frost. 

Event Date(s): 
Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue Aug 29 2023.
Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Little Sprouts takes place at the Community EcoGarden on Tuesday's in Fernie in July and August.

Come join Wildsight Elk Valley for this free program for children ages 0-6 and their parents/caregivers. Adults must sign a waiver to participate and stay within arms reach of their children throughout the program.

Visit the Little Sprouts Fernie Facebook page for more details. 

Event Date(s): 
Thursday, August 17, 2023
Time: 
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Discover the true value of seed saving through our series of workshops by the Fernie Community EcoGarden, in partnership with Our Cold Climate Seed Library and Keeping Food Real! In the heart of our cold climate region, learning how to save seeds has many advantages. Join Wildsight Elk Valley for workshops that will unveil the essential role of seed saving in ensuring biodiversity and sustainability of our food supply.

The $10 fee for this workshop includes:

Here we are in August – after a few months of explosive growth fueled by long, sunny days, the garden is looking quite different. The spinach and radishes that flourished in the cooler temperatures of early summer have bolted. Most of my head lettuce has been harvested for salads, and one row of carrots has been pulled – mostly for crunchy, impromptu garden snack breaks. Suddenly there’s a surprising amount of free space – and while it’s admittedly difficult to find the time for planting in the height of summer, the savvy folks who make the time in August will benefit from a harvest that extends well into autumn.

Summer is here! Patio season; warm, lingering evenings; bike rides on sun-baked trails; cooling dips in the Elk River. There is much to love about these gloriously sunny months.

In the garden, July marks the beginning of serious watering season. With less rain and hotter days, it doesn’t take long before plants begin to look a bit crispy. As climate change inevitably brings hotter average temperatures and less predictable precipitation, it’s worth considering how to make our gardens more drought tolerant.

Spring brings the promise of new life, with sunny daffodils blooming, and the impossibly verdant green of the newborn leaves. I find myself anticipating the optimistic planting of vegetable seeds, trips to the Garden Center to marvel at their gorgeous abundance and bringing back a car full of the beauties I just couldn’t resist. 

I turn my face up to the sun, feel its solid heat. Wiggle my toes deeper into the lush grass and the warm soil beneath. June is an exciting month north of the 49th parallel. Spring’s cool fingers are finally loosening their tenacious grip.

Event Date(s): 
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
Time: 
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Join the EcoGarden for a work party each Wednesday from 4 to 6pm throughout the month of June.

No experience is needed. Stop by and lend a hand, even if it's for only 20 minutes, every little bit helps! All ages and abilities are welcome.