Month: May 2017

“Cool” Gardener’s Sale

“Cool” Gardener’s Sale

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The cool damp day and the need for down jackets, hats, and mittens for the May 27th gardeners sale didn’t dampen the energy of this Chester Garden Club annual event.

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No matter what kind of gardening; armchair, indoor, herb, vegetable, annual or perennial, quality plant and accessory choices temped all those who attended.

Coffee and muffins were served, new entrepreneurs were welcomed, tools were sharpened, instructions were given, questions answered and ideas were planted for new adventures (bees anyone).

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Although this wasn’t an ideal day for the sale, there were many smiles, conversations shared and satisfied customers, thanks to all who participated and supported the event.

Gardening Like Our Great Grandfathers

Gardening Like Our Great Grandfathers

downloadFor generations, coastal dwellers have gathered seaweed off local beaches for use on their crops. Gardeners still gather “sea manure” or “goémon” – the seaweed mixed with shell and sand that has been torn loose by wave and storm action.

Bear Cove Resources, in East Berlin, Queens County has been collecting and marketing wrack seaweed products since 1994 and operates with 3 permits from the province of Nova Scotia to operate equipment along a designated stretch of shoreline along Liverpool Bay, to seasonally remove controlled amounts of wrack seaweeds and to operate a compost facility.

IMGP4902On the third Monday in May at our regular monthly meeting Betsy & Bob from “Bear Cove Resources” explained the Storm -cast process with the assistance of a visual presentation. IMGP4901 (2)Storm lookout, carefully gathering the wrack seaweed with respect for the principals of sustainability during the winter months, to turning piles, finishing the 100% fully composted sea wrack for outdoor garden uses and the sterilization for indoor plants were all explained. Storm-cast, which is a complex mix of brown & red algae and the small organisms which live on them supplies trace nutrients and contributes organic matter, and is teaming with beneficial micro organisms. It enhances the germination of seeds, increases the uptake of plant nutrients, imparts a degree of frost resistance and enables the plants to better withstand insect pests and some fungi.

It’s labour intensive, it’s smelly work. The results are an excellent, odour free fertilizer/conditioner to use when splitting perennials, planting bulbs, refreshing soils around berry plants, re-planting trees, and any general garden use.

Thankfully for us, Betsy & Bob from “Bear Cove Resources” handle all the work and the smell.

Clean Up Brings Rewards

Clean Up Brings Rewards

On April 24th, a dedicated group of Chester Garden Club Members worked to ensure summer rewards from the Parade Square Garden.

Following the morning efforts, lunch was shared at Heather’s. Thanks to Pam D. we have these pictures that tell their own story.

Happy Spring, everyone.