February is often heralded as the month of love and romance. A time for cupid's arrow to strike, the word February evokes images of chocolates, roses, heart shaped Valentine's cards, and those tiny, yet irresistible, cinnamon heart candies! For west coast residents, these cheerful Valentine's Day sentiments can be a welcome diversion from the grey, wet weather of February.
However, this month, we thought it would be fun to embrace these two contrasts. As February is the perfect time of year to step-out into the dampness and tend to our food gardens, we're encouraging you to make a date with your garden this Valentine's Day. Whether it's a home, school, community, patio, or windowsill garden, there's a number of ways that you can display your devotion. There's no need to make your garden a card or take it to a fancy restaurant. Simple gifts, that will help pave the way to a productive growing season, will do just fine.
Amend the soil, fix the compost bin, prune fruit trees, secure your fencing, prepare a compost tea, make a crop plan, or source your local seeds at a Seedy Saturday or Sunday. Whatever your gift, it's bound to reward you with delicious produce.
If you're in need of a little support or inspiration, CGC will host a number of gardening workshops and events that can assist you with taking care of your garden including a Fruit Tree Care & Pruning
workshop on February 21st and a free Starting from Seed
workshop in the Town of Lake Cowichan on February 28th. In addition, for those looking for a garden to tend, we host two garden work parties each week. On Wednesdays, join us at the Community Urban Food Forest
in Duncan to help maintain the new gardens. Or, on Saturdays, until March 21, meet our team at the new Cowichan Lake Community Garden
as we build raised beds and pathways. There's lots of fun to be had by all!
We wish you a very happy Valentine's Day and a joyous start to your gardening season.