Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bagging Apples

Because codling moth is a problem in Kamloops, we're experimenting with various methods of bagging apples so that insects can't lay their eggs on the fruit. We're trying plastic ziplock bags, a homemade netting bag, and a 'footie/sockie'. We've also tried stapling on white paper pastry bags but these all blew off in a Kamloops windy storm. We've got a bit of an apple tree guild going on here, too, with beebalm and borage acting as a forage for pollinators and beneficial insects, green beans as nitrogen fixers and yarrow acting as a nutrient accumulator. It's a permaculture idea that a home gardener could certainly try. Come check it out.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

New signs at the garden

Currants are ready to eat - try adding to a tomato & mint salad. 

Gooseberries are ready to eat when pink & soft to the touch. Watch those spines! 

Most herbs are essential food sources for pollinators.
White currants are delicious! 

As soon as this sign was put up a hummingbird appeared! 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Thank you to Farm2Chefs Collaborative for funding printing of Public Produce Start Up Guide

David Tombs of the Farm2Chefs Collaborative receiving the Public Produce Start Up Guide from author Elaine Sedgman
(all photos by Pat Davies)

Master Gardeners Phyllis Mader & Bill Davies inspecting the garden

Master Gardener Elaine Sedgman giving a tour of the beautiful Public Produce Garden at McDonald Park

Looking at the "Growing Vegetable Soup" children's community garden plot. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Farm2Chefs Collaborative to be acknowledged Wednesday June 25th at 11:00 am

Meet Farm2Chefs Collaborative member and Terra Restaurant chef/owner David Tombs and Master Gardener Elaine Sedgman at MacDonald Park Public Produce Garden on Wednesday June 25th at 11:00 am.  

Try some currant & bergamot tea prepared from the garden & nosh on some muffins & strawberries.

Elaine will present David with the newly printed Public Produce, Growing Food in Public Spaces: A Start Up Guide that the Collaborative funded.

David & Elaine will then take you for a tour around the garden to talk about the possibilities and potential of Public Produce within city landscapes.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Integrated Pest Management Techniques

Volunteer Thompson Shuswap Master Gardeners use Integrated Pest Management techniques with regular monitoring of the MacDonald Park Public Produce Garden. They've been monitoring the aphid damage on the currants, hoping that lady beetles might lay their eggs.  Tonight Vicky blasted the aphids with a strong spray of water to dislodge the aphids from the underside of the currant leaves.

Master Gardeners Charyle & Vicky transplanting donated mint plants. Mint is set out in bottom-less pots to stop it  from spreading.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Public Produce, Growing Food in Public Spaces: A start Up Guide is now published

Public Produce, Growing Food in Public Spaces: A start Up Guide is now published.
Thank you to the Farm2Chefs for their generous grant that allowed the Kamloops Food Policy Council to print a number of copies.
The print version of this publication will be available to our stakeholders.
The web version is available as a free pdf download at the Kamloops Food Policy Council's website.