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DO YOU NEED INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR
ST. JAMES HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP?
Visit the "CONTACT US" page of our website for our
Society brochure and application form. 
CONTACT US (stjameshorticulturalsociety.ca)
Visit the "ABOUT US" page of our website for
additional information regarding the
St. James Horticultural Society 

SJHS - ABOUT US (stjameshorticulturalsociety.ca)
SJHS EXECUTIVE & COMMITTEE MEMBERS
 
President: Jennifer Anderson
1st Vice President: Gayle Leverton
2nd Vice President: Iris Ingram
Secretary: Tina Pratt
Treasurer: Sharon Rude
Program: Sandy Venton
Membership: Leah Stawiarski
Flower Arrangers: Pat Roberts, Sharon Rude
Exhibition: Karla Pratt
Garden Chairperson: Linda Wall
Communications: Linda Rudachek
M.H.A. Area Rep: Linda Wall
Past President: Brenda Luca

Hello fellow gardening enthusiasts and members of the St. James Horticultural Society. We hope you are all doing well and staying safe.
Here's hoping for a return to normalcy and a New Year without Covid. 

It has been decided that we will be sending out a short survey in next months newsletter. We are interested in your opinion regarding what direction you would like to see the future of the St. James Horticultural Society. Please be on the lookout for the survey in February's newletter.

 
THE ST. JAMES FLOWER ARRANGERS
JANUARY MEETING
 

It has been decided not to have a meeting in January.

FEBRUARY MEETING

DEMO: MOSCOW
A duo arrangement featuring the famous Moscow ballet.
Demo by Sharon.

WORKSHOP: NEW ORLEANS
A horizontal arrangement depicting the Mardi Gras Festival with beads/glitter. Material from any source.
COMING EVENTS
Glenlea Fundraiser
 
The Glenlea Fundraiser will be going live on February 1st. Deadline is April 15th. Delivery has been scheduled for Friday June 1st, 2022 at 1:30. Pick up location is still to be determined.

Vermicompost: Using Worms to Create Nutrient - Rich Fertilizer
by Jennifer Anderson


Wintertime can create a challenge when it comes to composting, but fortunately there is a highly effective method to create some of the best fertilizer that will be ready to go come summertime!
An easy way to create soil enriching fertilizer at home, is by setting up a vermicompost system.  Never heard of it?  It is the process of feeding kitchen waste to worms in an enclosed container that they turn into soil (also known as castings or worm poo). This system is great because it can be done in an apartment, is enclosed so it doesn’t make your home smell like cooked garbage, and the worms do their thing really fast!

You can make a home for your worms by drilling holes into a plastic bin and creating a bed for your worms out of shredded paper; put a tray under the bin to collect liquid (this can be diluted and used to fertilize plants at home). You can keep your bin under the sink in your kitchen, or in the basement if you prefer. Red wriggler worms are the best, and you can find them on Kijiji, Green Action Centre has a list of retailers, or by asking a friend (you’d be surprised at how many people are low-key worm composting).

Once you have your worms, put them in their new home and cover them with shredded paper. Feed them with your kitchen scraps (they eat a vegan diet, no meat or dairy), and be sure to keep the lid on so that they do not escape! The worms love vegetables, fruits, tea leaves and bags; be careful when adding items like coffee grounds, pasta, bread and citrus as you want to maintain a healthy balance between alkaline and acid. Each time you feed them, do it in a new spot and cover the pile with shredded paper so that decomposed food and fresh food are kept separate. You can make your way around the bin so that by the time you get back to your first scrap drop, it has become closer to compost. In 2-3 months time, you will have some of the best fertilizer around and your garden will thank you for it!

The Green Action centre provides a step-by-step guide on how to create and maintain a vermicomposting system along with a list of local places where you can buy red wriggler worms.

https://greenactioncentre.ca/module/composting-2/vermicomposting/

More tips on setting up your vermicompost system:
How to Create and Maintain an Indoor Worm Composting Bin | US EPA
St. James Horticultural Society Brochure PDF download
You can view this cutie and other photos from our gardens on our website.
 
http://stjameshorticulturalsociety.ca/members-gardens
Please view more images
on our website (link above) from our member gardens and plants

YOUR TOO CAN VIEW IMAGES OF YOUR GARDEN AND PLANTS ON THE ST. JAMES HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY WEBSITE!
If you are a member and would like to see your garden and plants featured on the website please send photos and pertinent information to:
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