Wednesday February 22, 2023

Meaden Hall, Royal Canadian Legion, 120 Blain Road

Jane Squier

‘Growing Healthy Soils and Food on Salt Spring Island’

In this presentation Jane will share the regenerative agriculture practices she uses on her 3-acre farm to improve the soil, to decrease off-farm inputs and to grow tasty nutrient dense food. She will explain the steps she is taking to transform her greenhouse’s ‘scraped subsoil’ to a healthy soil capable of producing high quality fruit without the use of pesticides or fertilizer. She will also describe the practical methods she uses to assess her progress.

Jane Squier has over 40 years of experience operating greenhouse and market garden businesses in tropical, Mediterranean, and cold (Zone 3) climates. She studied horticulture and agroecology at Olds College and UBC, aquaponics at UVI, and soil microbiology at The Soil Food Web School. In 2014 Jane began to transition her 6,000 square foot greenhouse from hydroponic lettuce to a subtropical orchard with 125 citrus and avocado trees. Jane teaches workshops and shares her findings on her website and YouTube channel. https://www.thegardensaltspring.com/farm-projects



General Information

Salt Spring Island Garden Club Meetings are held at Meaden Hall (120 Blain Road, across from Greenwoods) the fourth Wednesday of each month (except for December, January, July and August).  In November we hold our Annual General Meeting.  

A typical club meeting begins at 6:45 p.m. with a social time where members can get a cup of tea and a goodie, and catch up with their gardening friends.  There’s time to wander along the ‘Show and Tell’ Display table to see what members have brought to share, and, time to visit the Library to return or borrow another gardening book.  Check in with the Mentor Gardener’s Table where you can find solutions for your gardening challenges.  The business meeting starts at 7:30.  The monthly speaker is introduced at 8:00 for a one hour presentation. For a list of previous speakers, see below.

  • Please wear your name tag. If lost, put in a request at the Membership table for a replacement.

  • Put your name in the Door Prize box near the entrance.  

  • The Membership table will gratefully accept your annual dues and have new membership forms to fill in.

  • Please return or renew Library books.

  • Our Parlour Show judge has retired and we are looking for a replacement. In the meantime, please bring anything from your garden, that you would like to share. Cards will be available to label your display.  Put your name into the Display Table draw box, too.

  • If you would like to bring a plate of goodies at a future meeting, there is a sign up sheet for that. Refreshments are available for a suggested donation of $2 (coffee or tea, and a tasty treat).

 

 

 

2023 Talks

22 February: Jane Squier – Growing Healthy Soils and Food on Salt Spring

 

2022 Talks

23 November: Jeff de Jong ‘Digging Art in the Garden’ 

26 October:  Mark Stevens and Robert Birch – Echo Valley Community Garden

28 September:  Bob Duncan – Growing Stone Fruits in Coastal BC

22 June: Milo Stuart, ‘Resilient Landscapes – Where to begin?’ More information at http://rainwalkdesign.com/

25 May: Connie Thompson, ‘Dahlias – How to grow with success’

27 April : Linda Gilkeson, ‘Resilient Gardens for a Changing Climate’

23 February, Daniel J. Hinkley: ‘Making the Windcliff Gardens’


 

2021 Talks

24 November : Matt Nowell: ‘Irrigation Tips and Tricks’

27 October : Anastasiia Dushyna: ‘All Season Herbal (Apothecary) Garden’

22 September : Jason Croutch: ‘Rose Care Through the Seasons’

23 June: David Whiting: ‘Sacred Space Gardens’

26 May: Bernie Dinter: ‘Small Fruits’

28 April: Matthew Shepherd: ‘Bring Back the Pollinators!’

24 March: Douglas Justice: ‘The Value of a Tree’

24 February: Brian Russell and Faye Ford: ‘Four Seasons in a Greenhouse’


2020 Talks

27 November: Jeff de Jong ‘In the Eye of the Storm’

23 October: Bernie Dinter on ‘Flowering Bulbs: Natures Gift that Keeps on Giving’

26 June: Gary Lewis of Phoenix Perennials on ‘Hellebores : Jewels of the Winter and Spring Garden’

26 June: Linda Gilkeson on ‘Gardening and Climate Change’

22 May: Jeff de Jong ‘Garden Jewels for Landscaping’

24 April: Robin Jenkins and Robias Carson talked about ‘Tiny Gardeners: Salt Spring and Gulf Island Schools’

27 March: Moe Wendt presented ‘Permaculture: Principles and Practice’

27 February: Donna Balzer ‘Vegetable Gardening: Tips and Tricks for Growing Great Grub’


2019 Talks

24 October: Kristen Miskelly spoke on ‘Native Plant Gardening for Biodiversity’

June 27: Mitchell Sherrin spoke to us about “Fire-smart Landscaping”.

May 23:  Connie Kuramoto will joined us to talk about “The Lazy Gardener”.

April 25:  Julia Common brought a talk about Bees, called “Hives for Humanity”.

March 28:  To be confirmed

February 28:   Brian Minter joined us in February for a talk entitled “Dramatic Changes in the World of Gardening”.