It’s hard to think that Summer is drawing to an end, but that doesn’t mean that you need to stop gardening.

Why hello there, mountain gardeners! This month I’m exploring garden beds and how they can help your garden thrive in our ever-changing valley climate.

Both backyard gardeners and market enthusiasts love raised beds. There are a few advantages and disadvantages you may want to know about before creating your next veggie patch.

Awesome things about raised beds:

The allure of having a greenhouse in a cold climate is very strong for gardeners, both new and experienced. Greenhouses can be an excellent season extension tool; however, they come with some problems too! They can be a great resource for season extension (growing crops earlier in the spring and later in the fall) as well as creating an environment that provides a little extra boost for heat loving plants such as peppers and melons.

I think one of the most heartbreaking gardening experiences, for myself, is spending half the winter cultivating beautiful seedlings indoors, only to transplant them and watch them wither away. I’m always so eager to grow food, but my eagerness to start seeds indoors is usually to my disadvantage. So, here is my personal rule of thumb: direct seed everything possible! If you can, avoid starting plants indoors and having to transplant them.

Event Date(s): 
Sunday, May 29, 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm

The EcoGarden's Annual Swap and Sale will include bedding plants, perennial divisions, and seeds. Gardeners, bring your extra seedlings to swap!

Please label all plants with variety name, and any additional information you have about them. There will be seed packets from our Seedy Saturday seed stash, available by cash donation. They have many varieties of greens and other flowers and veggies which can be direct-sown outdoors. Gardeners can take home cuttings or divisions from the EcoGarden's great selection of perennials: flowers, herbs, strawberries, and much more!

Event Date(s): 
Repeats every month on June, July, August on the third Friday 4 times.
Friday, May 20, 2022
Friday, June 17, 2022
Friday, July 15, 2022
Friday, August 19, 2022

This summer, the Southern Rockies' French Association (AFRoS) has rented a lot in the Fernie EcoGarden (an initiative from Wildight Elk Valley). You can get involved by signing up to become a volunteer and help us maintain our garden lot or enjoy our monthly gardening workshops in french! Every third Friday for the months of May-June-July-August

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Why hello Fernie! Aren’t you looking gorgeous? Everything is budding and ready to sprout for this year’s garden season. I am often asked to share my knowledge on growing food in the Elk Valley, so I thought I would create a crash course on cold-climate gardening. Each month I’ll be providing tips on how to improve your cold climate food production.

Well this Spring has been an excellent example of the resiliency required to grow food in the Elk Valley. It kind of reminds Ashley Lortscher of a Katy Perry song? So she’s back with more beta for cold climate gardening!

Event Date(s): 
Saturday, April 10, 2021
10:00am - 1:00pm

If you’re passionate about seed saving and want to learn more, this is for you! Meet with members of Wildsight Elk Valley's Cold Climate Seed Library for seed saving tips, how-to videos and a Q&A session.

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What have you planted in your parenting garden lately? Did you sow anything to keep your family nourished in the days ahead? Sometimes it’s only when the weeks are cold and the cellar is empty that we stop to reflect on the fact that we never gathered any nuts when it was still possible. That’s an awfully sad situation to be in.