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Tomato TLC

Pruning
Tomato TLC… Pruning and other loving tips for bountiful crops all season long

June 4 – 6:30 to 8 PM
Location: Groundswell Greenhouse
Cost: $20 non-members – $25
Facilitator: Stephanie Stevens

Join fellow gardeners for a few laughs, a cup of tea and learn about trimming and pruning tomato plants to encourage the best crop.
We will also go over the difference between determinate and indeterminate tomatoes and talk about a few tricks to encourage more fruit results from those varieties that seem to have an abundance of flowers that don’t seem to translate into tomatoes.

Things to bring: sharp pruning shears (have them sharpened at Home Hardware or elsewhere before the workshop if needed) gardening gloves, garden journal, water, dress in layers for the greenhouse

It’s a wrap

wrapChristmas Eve morning saw Groundswell volunteers wrapping poinsettias for delivery to senior’s homes and valley churches to add beauty to their holiday.

wrapThe David Thompson EI student’s sparkling stars on the hill have stopped shining as the garden prepares to go back to sleep until spring.

wrapMain Street Fun and Games was presented with The Favourite Tree Award by Edson Martins, Store Manager of Home Hardware. The Paul Mondragon tree sculpture will be as treasured as Main Street’s dragon that they decorated their tree with. Be sure to drop into their store for a close up look and a word of Congratulations.

Four Points Books was a close second with a classic blue and white theme pointing us in the direction of a better future by growing ourselves through our reading, and Mrs. Armitage’s JA Laird class was a big hit with Gramma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.

The trees were voted on by attendees over the 4 nights of Groundswell’s First Annual Garden of Lights.

wrapWhether adding their wish for 2024 on the Wishing Tree, warming by the fire with friends or indulging in Carole singing along with Bryant Oleander and the Valley Voices …community celebrated the blessings of this valley as they contributed to the growing movement for Food Sustainability with Groundswell Community Greenhouse and Gardens and all their partners. We are working together to ensure that everyone who lives here goes to bed with a full, well-nourished tummy.

wrapThe Grinch waves good bye as he retreats to his mountain top to plan his return to upset your holiday in 2024. Hi Jinx creative designer, Arly Franson, has already started to dream of sugarplums
Ring in your new year by contacting us as a potential sponsor or volunteer for next year and make this valley even brighter.

Visit us at Groundswell later in January. Watch with your very own eyes the miracle of crisp lettuce, healthy kale, and new tomatoes sprouting under the leadership and green thumb of Marion Andrus, Groundswell manager Stephanie Stevens, and all the volunteers of Groundswell. Check out groundswellnetwork.ca/events.

Tomato Workshop Series – part 4 of 4

from the valley’s top Tomato grower – Sabrina Boileau
tomatoespart 4. End of season care and harvest
– Season extension with a greenhouse
– Harvesting tomatoes
– End of season care
– Feeding back your soil
– Review of how your tomatoes did/are doing. Show us pictures of your plant and harvest!
– Tomato seed exchange
Date: Tuesday, August 8
Time: 6:30 – 8:00
Location: Groundswell greenhouse
Cost: Note: Maximum of 14 people. Members $20. Non members: $30
Note: when booking for all 4 – Members – $60/Non Members $100; see part 1 for tickets
Facilitator: Sabrina Boileau, a passionate expert on bio-intensive agriculture
Things to Bring: your garden journal (if you don’t have one you can buy one at the garden for $10), garden gloves, dress in layers it will be warm in the greenhouse and then as night sets it will get cooler, water bottle)

Tomato Workshop Series – part 3 of 4 rescheduled

from the valley’s top Tomato grower – Sabrina Boileau
tomatoespart 3. Middle season care and pruning
– Fertilizing your tomato plant/sign of nutrient deficiencies in your tomato plants/nutrition needs for tomato plants
– Pruning: when, why and how
– Trellising your tomato plant
– Health assessment of your tomato plants
– Pollination
Date: Tuesday, June 27 – rescheduled
Time: 6:30 – 8:00
Location: Groundswell greenhouse
Cost: Note: Maximum of 14 people. Members $20. Non members: $30
Note: when booking for all 4 – Members – $60/Non Members $100; see part 1 for tickets
Facilitator: Sabrina Boileau, a passionate expert on bio-intensive agriculture
Things to Bring: your garden journal (if you don’t have one you can buy one at the garden for $10), garden gloves, dress in layers it will be warm in the greenhouse and then as night sets it will get cooler, water bottle)