Winter Vegetables: Summer Planting for a Winter Feast

The mainstays of the winter garden are many of our most important foods. Jo-Ann Canning will address when, where, and how to start and transplant them, and what amendments work best for various species. She’ll cover options the different varieties offer for indoor storage or over-wintering outside, and which varieties are suitable for a large veggie plot, a mixed garden, and containers. She will also talk about the different flavours in — and the most nutritious — varieties of many easy-to-grow winter crops.

This is a FREE two-session course. *Please register for BOTH sessions (March 22 & March 29) in advance by clicking on the REGISTER button, by calling 250-753-1154, or emailing NanaimoHarbourfront@virl.bc.ca*

About the Instructor: 

In her 25th year as Master Gardener, Jo-Ann has been a home orchard, ornamental plant enthusiast and urban food gardener for over 45 years. Her gardens have taught her how to follow Nature’s rules in climates as diverse as Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the American Southwest, Nova Scotia, and the UK. As part of her volunteer work Jo has piloted community projects in integrated pest management, invasive species control, and urban small space gardening of vegetables, fruit and herbs for sustainability and food security. She has presented seminars on various subjects at VanDusen Botanical Gardens, many gardening associations on the Mainland and the Island, and was a guest lecturer on vermiculture for the Horticultural Technicians’ Program at VIU’s Paine Centre. Her articles and photographs have appeared on the MGABC’s website, in local and international gardening newsletters, and magazines. She is also one of the chapter’s mentors, helping our chapter to grow new members.

About VIMGA:

The Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association (VIMGA) is a chapter of the Master Gardeners Association, an international service society of specially trained volunteers who teach science-based sustainable gardening practices to home gardeners. VIMGA is one of the 5 chapters in the British Columbia Association and partnering with the Victoria chapter, specializes in the stewardship of Vancouver Island’s unique environment.

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