As we winterize the garden over October, we want to thank everyone who came to do some work over the season, everyone who attended one of many educational sessions, all those who donated plants, seeds, bulbs, rocks, you name it, to the garden and naturalised areas.
The new garlic bulbs have been planted and snow fencing will soon be put up. If one or more of our rock ladybugs has made its way to your home for the summer, please help it fly back to the garden so it can overwinter with the remaining rock ladybugs.
Please enjoy the garden over the winter; it’s a beautiful area year round. If you happen to take any great photos whilst you’re walking there, please send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garden with us next season!
If you would like to grow hops with us, rent a bed to grow your own veggies, learn some new things about gardening and have a great time, we’d love you to join us! We will be registering for any vacant garden beds in November.
Contact Cheryl Northey at email@example.com to enquire or get your name on our list.
Now that’s a great tasting beer!
Village Brewery officially launched its ‘Gardener’ Ale in mid-October. Many community gardens and Calgary backyards (including our community garden and Wildwood backyards) grew hops, strawberries, rhubarb, and Nanking cherries for this brew. Our community garden grew and contributed hops that we harvested in late August and delivered with care and pride to the brewery.
We are looking forward to contributing more hops for the brewery in the future as they are lots of fun to grow and because it’s pretty special to be part of a local brewery product. If you want to try the Gardener brew, check out Village Brewery’s website at www.villagebrewery.com for the stores that carry it.
Bats and Bat Houses – Children’s Gardening Program
Brittany Verbeek of Alberta Wilderness Association presented a fascinating and fun session on Alberta bats, Saturday, Oct. 17th. A great big thank you goes out to Brittany Verbeek for her presentation and help with the bat houses. A second great big thank you goes out to Dan ’the bat house man’ for preparing all the materials and helping many of us in building the houses. We truly appreciate all the work you both did for us, and the work you do for the Alberta Wilderness Association.
We had a great turnout for the talk and bat house workshop. Did you know bats can eat up to 600 mosquitos/hour?? They are a great creature to have around as they work as a very efficient and natural pest controller. Wildwood does see bat activity. Bats tend to live around communities with water and the Bow River and the valley are great habitat for some of our Alberta bats.