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St. James Horticultural Society 
Summer is here and a lot is happening with the St. James Horticultural Society. Follow us on Instagram to keep up with current events and what's new at the garden! 
President: Jennifer Anderson
1st Vice President: Gayle Leverton
2nd Vice President: Iris Ingram
Secretary: OPEN
Treasurer: OPEN
Program: Sandy Venton
Membership: Leah Stawiarski
Flower Arrangers: Pat Roberts, Sharon Rude
Exhibition: OPEN
Garden Chairperson: Linda Wall
Communications: Linda Rudachek
M.H.A. Area Rep: Linda Wall
Past President: Brenda Lucas

It was wonderful to see everybody.
Our workshop represented the last arrangement from the 2021/22 program "Cities around the World".  In this case the city was Venice and the arrangement was L-shaped.  As you view them, we hope you are transported to the gondolas floating on the canals.
Our 2022/23 program focuses on Books.  The first book, which Sharon demonstrated for us tonight, is "Frankenstein". It is a freestyle arrangement that hints of foreboding darkness.  What an appropriate workshop for us to create in October!  

VENICE - workshop

An L-shaped arrangement featuring the canals of the city. Material from any source.
Demo by Anne.


A free-style design that hints of foreboding darkness. Material from any source.
Demo by Sharon.


This year the St James Silver Avenue gardens will not be tilled as in previous falls and will not be tilled in Spring 2023

This provides a chance to plant a fall cover crop.  

Cover crop seeds have been donated by Covers and Co for gardeners this fall. 
Yes, we are composting !!

Please chop before bringing to compost
Pic 2 is the zucchini that is chopped with leaves added. Done by a volunteer. Please help by chopping.
What is special here?

Chop and drop

Tucked in among these plants are leaves dropped.
These leaves will provide food to soil organisms, cover soil and prevent weeds.

At this time of year chop and drop is very important in gardening!
Bobcat in the garden makes work go quicker!!  Moving compost and soil!!
Tap pilot project continues.

Mud is an issue by our taps.
The bobcat dug out a hole which we will make into a rock well where our water can drain into and stop the mud.
Veggie Time!

Time to check what may be hiding in the garden.

These cucumbers tried to hide but they were found and now will make an appearance at the Garden Potluck Thursday, August 11 under the trees.
   Thank you Volunteer Lois
.....for making us oohh and awe at the front sign.
Soil Soil Soil

We were fortunate to have received soil from a nearby city project. Thank you, Volunteer Lois, City of Winnipeg Courtney, and truck driver from Chabat.
We have plans:
1 Fix soil erosion in garden
2 Fill low spots in grass around garden
3 Soil for gardeners to use if they want
4 Special projects for next year.
Mosquito Season 😬

Checked the rain barrel to be shocked by the mannnnyyy mosquito larvae
Dump them out on a plant or on your chop and drop leaves. They will add a little nitrogen.
Potluck in Garden
Such amazing garden food, perfect evening and not toooo many mosquitoes.
Thank you Gayle for organizing the event and all other volunteers that helped.
Potluck in Garden

Such amazing garden food, a perfect evening and not toooo many mosquitoes.
Thank you Gayle for organizing the event and all the other volunteers that helped.

Garden pretty.

Reminder for us to enjoy it. 😊💚

Time for In-situ Composting.

What does that mean?

It means in place.
As we clean our gardens we can layer green and browns (Bag of leaves from last year)
Add water
Stir a bit and the organisms will grow. Composting!
Then spread on garden.
Chop before putting into pile. Make a pile about 3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet.   
 Diakon radish
Planted specifically to help with soil health.

The roots open up the soil.
The plant and roots are left in the soil and will decompose.
The pathways left by decomposition decompact the soil.

Plant diverse cover crops to loosen soils, prevent erosion, and increase biology in soil.
2.7 Inches
That was quite the nature's watering last evening.
 Water erosion

Where's the water ?

If soil is covered... It is protected.
Soil armour-plants.

Let's cover our soil with plants or mulch.
Cucs 1 and cucs 2

Planted same time, same type, different places in same plot.

Cucs 1 are in an area of the plot that has had no care this year.
Cucs 2 are in an area with clover cover crop, has been decompacted by broad forking and has compost applied on the surface.

Management can make a difference.

What is this about?
Well a mistake actually.

The mistake is that this sunflower was pulled out.

What happens is that all the root hairs are meant to decompose and allow soil to stay together and have spaces for air and prevent erosion and compaction.
Cut your old plants near the roots and leave roots in soil as nature does. 😊💚
August 18th,  2022

Total rain in 2 days is 4.2 inches in our garden.
Mulch has many uses in the garden.
Today it will determine if you can get to your plants or not.
Why do we have a pond in our garden???
Fish jokes maybe fun but the situation is serious.

The water is here due to 4.2 inches of rain in 2 days.

But mainly it is here due to the following :
1 Sloping ground in garden
2 No plants on soil in garden due to garden practices of leaving soil black and exposed
3 No cover crops to soak up water and prevent erosion
4 Depleted garden soil lacking organics to soak up water.
Dr. Christine Jones, an Australian microbiologist explains how plants are interdependent with microorganisms.
Since we can't see the microorganisms we don't think of feeding them.

How to feed microorganisms?
1 Water
2 Organics like chop and drop
3 Organic Mulches.
4 Add compost or compost tea

How to protect microorganisms?
1 Keep soil covered
2 Grow lots of diverse plants at all times

Check out Dr. Jones on YouTube. So much for us to learn.

Is this composting?

Not really.
It’s hauling your plants out of your garden and putting them on a pile.

If we leave this for a couple of years it will compost but not necessarily make great compost.
So what is a positive alternative?
1 Chop and drop on your own garden.
2 Chop your plants before bringing to pile.
3 Addition of browns such as leaves to our piles.

Mushrooms in the garden are a great sign that our soil is healthy.
At this time of year, we have many birds visiting the garden.
This morning the blue jays, woodpeckers, finches, and warbles were enjoying themselves.
Gardener and volunteer Lois grows amazing flowers at the front of our garden.
Thank You Lois. 😀
Shelter belt is getting better and better thanks to our Green Team helper Matthew.
Many jobs need completion before winter.
This compost captain is reminding us to chop our plants.
1 Someone is not taking care
2 Garden management needs improvement.
Volunteers do their best but there is much to do.
Got fixed this morning.

This compost captain, a garden volunteer is asking so nicely.

Please chop things you are bringing to the compost.

Time to collect poppy seeds for next year!!
Every Thursday extra produce is donated.

Leave on the table on the west side.
Sharing in the garden.

These were shared from gardener to gardener.

Painting up our garden accessories! This is a boot cleaner.
1 Rust-proof metal legs
2 Spray paint with rust-proof paint.

Thank you Green Team student, Matthew.

Now we need to upgrade the wood. Know any volunteer that can help?
Harvest time
Pull Dry Store Eat 😊

That's a lot of zucchini cake!
Donations to others!
This is a sunflower root that was accidentally removed during potato harvest.

Notice all the roots and associated soil that was removed. That should stay in the soil for homes and food for the things that live in the soil.

Leave roots in the soil.

Cover crop put in earlier in summer is growing well.

This is a diakon or tillage radish. They love popping up out of the soil. Their main job though is putting or drilling into soil to loosen compaction.

Wonderful weather for cover cropping!
Rain pushes scattered seeds into the soil.
Here we cover cropped our soil as we don't want nature to start covering with weeds.
We are fussy and want non weed cover.
So we seeded.

What is special about this calendar?

Most agronomists say that 13 hours of day are needed to have successful cover. So September 8 th is the magic day in Winnipeg.

Get planting everyone!
We have a few days left.
Sprinkle cover seeds around your plants and when your plants are done your covers will be well established. 😀

We try so hard.

It takes great effort for grass to grow.

Note the little plants coming up.

This is a cover crop.

This will grow till snow flies and help stop erosion during winter and spring.

Empty chairs?
Last night each chair was occupied by a garden committee volunteer.

The garden is totally run by volunteers.
The garden committee meets, implements and recommends to the SJHS board for final decisions.
Garden donations!!
Extra produce going to others!
Every Thursday evening pickup.
Clover cover crops doing the job!!
Covering soil, building soil.
Keep soil on your plot.
Cut plants at roots. Let soil bugs feed on it all winter.
Seed collection
Place in dry place

These are Hollyhocks.
Planting Hollyhocks results in a test of patience. The first year they show up but expect no flowering.
The flowers come the second year.
The 2 year cycle makes this plant a biannual.

Wood chipper to help shred large plants such as tomatoes, potatoes, beans, corn and sunflower.
12 volunteers helped place wood chips around our new shelter belt trees.
Thank you

Please don't do this to your fellow gardeners.

Volunteers can't chop everyone's garden greens.

Please Please Please chop your greens.
Harvest Bounty!

Also ready for thievery. It is time to clear our gardens as produce is being lost to those who think it is ok to take someone's hard work.

If you want to garden, get in touch with us and join us growing your own food.

Sorry, we can't compost this.
Don't put this in our piles.

Don't make work for your fellow gardeners.

Haul it away if you aren't chopping into our bins or on your plot.

Donation of fall cover crop seeds from Covers & Co a Manitoba seed company.

Thank you Covers & Co.

Gardeners look for their garden cover crop seeds under the brand of Rewild.
Snow on a compost pile?
Shredded paper in reality.
Paper is now plant based inks and so nontoxic.

Compost is a microbial mix eating greens and browns. Usually fallen leaves are used as browns but our tree leaves are still green so shredded paper is a good substitute.
Tomatillo plants have self seeded in our gardens.
Just one plant produces a great abundance.
Cover crops 
This year the St James Silver Avenue gardens will not be tilled as in previous falls and will not be tilled in Spring 2023

This provides a chance to plant a fall cover crop.  

Cover crop seeds have been donated by Covers and Co for gardeners this fall. 

Pick up your package on the east side of garden in the trees in the pallets along garden. 

First come First Serve. One bag will cover one small plot. 

Rake into soil around existing plants, tilled soil or bare soil. 

This cover will grow till snow and provide fertility for 2023!
#covercrops #fall gardening @covercropcompany
#soilhealth #regenerativegardening
Glorious garden sunsets!
Thank you to the amazing volunteers that have made the incredible changes
to the garden possible.
by IRIS I.

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