Saturday, September 29, 2018

Upcoming Events and Garlic

The next seed packaging is Wednesday Oct 24 from 5-8 pm at the White Bear Library.
I promised moving our events to different days of the week to accommodate more people and so this time it's on a Wednesday. (Just a FYI--Wednesdays are quite booked at the library so most of our events will still be on Monday or Tuesday evenings.) As usual, come when you can and stay as long as you like. Treats provided. No experience necessary! Come help package seeds for the seed library and enjoy the conversation with other gardeners.

The next Seed Talk is Tuesday November 13 at 6:30 pm at the White Bear Lake Library.
The topic is Black Gold! Come find out what I mean by Black Gold and how you can make your own Black Gold with little effort.
Also I will show several methods for starting vegetable and native plant seeds. Yes, it's too early now to start tomato seeds, but it's not too early to think about it! Also, one of the easiest methods to start native plant seeds is done after a frost.

After a frost brings me up to the subject of Planting Garlic.
Yep, about 1-2 weeks after a killing frost is the time to plant garlic. So it's time to start buying your garlic to plant. Don't buy supermarket garlic as it is a soft neck garlic which doesn't grow well in Minnesota. Buy hard neck garlic such as Rocambole, Purple Stripe and Porcelain. You can find them at Farmer's markets or garden stores.

Read this article on planting garlic by the University of Minnesota here: Growing Garlic

Or try this article from High Mowing Organic Seeds here: Garlic Growing

And finally I want to bring to your attention a website that gives you information on many of the garden clubs, societies, and groups related to gardening and plants in the Twin Cities area. All in one place! One of the best parts is that it has a calendar with events. This is maintained by Dick, a member of the Lake Owasso Garden Club--Thank you Dick for your hard work! Check it out here:  Crosspollination

There are still flowers blooming and vegetables to harvest--enjoy your gardens!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Seed Library will be at the Harvest Party this Sunday!

Celebrating White Bear Lake Community Grown Food - Prepared by Local Chefs!
Harvest Party
Sunday, September 23
12:00-3:00PM | FREE Event!
White Bear Area YMCA Community Garden
2100 Orchard Lane, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

FREE event and meal, featuring fresh, local veggies grown at District 624 schools, the HealthPartners White Bear Lake Clinic, and the YMCA community gardens!
- Meal served starting at 12:00PM, while it lasts! Meal includes soup and grilled veggies prepared by local chefs, and homemade bread prepared by White Bear Lake United Methodist Church.
- Enjoy family activities, learn gardening and seed saving tips! 

Come collect seeds from the YMCA's gardens.