Gardening in Almonte: Season’s Greetings!

David

All the best for the holiday season! I plan to take a few weeks holiday from the column but promise to be back in time to start the early indoor seedlings in February.

SeedsI just received my favourite seed catalogue in the mail a couple of days ago, William Dam Seeds from Dundas Ontario, so I am all set for reading material over the holidays. This is my favourite catalogue for vegetable seeds because of the wide diversity of common and not-so-common vegetables and herbs, with many open-pollinated untreated seeds. I also find that their seeds are relatively reasonably priced. Much as I would like to order from a couple of U.S. sources the current exchange rate has made them prohibitively expensive (at least for my gardening budget).

Remember to circle the date of February 20 on your 2016 calendar when Seedy Saturday comes to Almonte. It will take place at the Civitan Club on February 20 from 9am to 3pm. Seedy Saturdays are relatively informal events with seed and other vendors, educational workshops, information booths for not-for-profit groups, informal seed swaps and on and on. For more details on the great network of Seedy Saturday events taking place across the country, check out the Seeds of Diversity website.

I have agreed to lead a workshop and I know that there will be lots of excellent presenters. This event is being supported by our area Horticultural Societies, the Neighbourhood Tomato Community Gardening Association, the Lanark Master Gardeners and the Seed Library at the Almonte Library. It promises to be another amazingly successful Almonte event and a terrific opportunity for gardeners from the area to network, for local producers to showcase their wares and for learning.