Beban Learning Gardens

Update for May/June 2017

Volunteers at greenhouse have been growing seedlings to sell and share with the community.

Over a dozen varieties of tomatoes for sale

These volunteers will be selling a wide, ever-changing variety of plants and seeds at the Beban Learning Gardens site beside the pitch and putt golf course. These seedlings are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides from open pollinated and heritage variety seeds and are sold to backyard gardeners throughout Nanaimo and area.   Sales will take place every Wednesday in May to mid June from 10am to noon.

Volunteers seeding tomatoes Feb 2017

Additional sale days at the site include Wednesday May 17th from 3:30pm to 6pm and Saturday May 27th 10am to 2pm. These additional dates will occur during the time of the Farmers Market at Beban Park but will be at the Beban Learning Gardens site. Plants available include lettuce, cress, arugula, herbs, kale, broccoli, Swiss chard, Pac choi, leeks, onions, and heat lovers including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash and tomatillos.

Wednesday plant sale May 2017

While this spring has been long and cool, it is almost time to plant out your tender annual vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and peppers so come on out and pick up any plants you need to complete your warm-weather garden. For more information on how to find the site please contact greenhouse@nanaimocommunitygardens.ca

 

Our Greenhouse Site

Now officially named Beban Learning Gardens (BLG), this new site is located in Beban Park right between the little red barns and the Pitch and Putt Golf Course, accessed from the Overflow Parking lot.

Prepping seedlings for Sale
(sales every Wed 10:00 – 12:00)

Join the wonderful community of gardeners growing co-operatively in and around our new greenhouse; heat-loving crops in the summer, and cool-loving vegetables during the spring, fall, and winter. The “greenhouse gang” welcomes people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities. No previous experience is necessary and all work is done according to one’s own comfort level. Everyone shares in the planning, the work, and the harvest.

Early seedlings in heated bed (Feb 2017)

As well as growing vegetables to share amongst ourselves and with such community organizations as FoodShare, volunteers use our new greenhouse to produce a wide selection of heirloom vegetable starter plants that are sold to the public, grown in the society’s educational gardens at BLG and at Pine St., and also donated to school gardens programs and other groups. Each year volunteers raise beautiful, well-grown herb, vegetable and flower seedlings. These seedlings are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides from non-GMO seeds and are sold to backyard gardeners throughout Nanaimo and area. The intense period of plant production runs from about February to June.

Plant sales will still occur at a few community events in the spring but most sales will take place onsite, usually on Wednesday mornings between 10am and noon, from mid-March to mid-June.

Volunteers can tell you exactly how the plants were grown and give you information on the varieties and how to grow them in your own garden.

Now that we are located in Beban Park we will be able to host our own workshops and some advertised through the Parks & Rec Activity Guide.

To get involved in the greenhouse contact greenhouse@nanaimocommunitygardens.ca.