“Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow … perhaps it all will.” -Albert EinsteinThis past Saturday was Seedy Saturday at VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver. This was my first visit to Seedy Saturday. I always seem to miss out on all of the fun. Last year it was scheduled for the same weekend that I was away at the 2011 Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle. This year happily there was no conflict. Not only was I able to go, but as the Master Gardeners Association of BC puts on the event, I was able to volunteer as well!
Despite the windstorm that took over the city that morning, the Floral Hall was a buzz! Packs of seeds were studied, queried and snatched up by the eager hands of local gardeners and urban farmers! There were activities and crafts for the kids, and helpful seminars for the adults. Plants were sold at hot prices. I eyed a few blueberry plants myself, yet somehow came home with a shitaki mushroom kit. I don’t even know how I got talked into that, but my husband is very pleased!
The day was a complete success! Arms laden with garden books, seeds and a couple new plants to start their year off right, happy customers chatted away, day dreaming about their future garden all while bundling back up to face the days cold and wicked winds.
With all of that in mind it’s time to plan your spring and summer gardens! To get an early start on our short growing season, now is the time to start sowing indoors. Soon enough it will be time to direct sow outside as well! So don’t procrastinate, if you haven’t already picked up your seeds, get to it, and get planting!