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austrian winter peas in late September (from Ryan's website)
Events · 28th February 2012
Val Barr
How to improve your garden soil

On Monday March 12th, 7pm at the Community Centre, island resident Ryan Nassichuk, will give a talk on west coast cover crops, often called green manure. For the last year, Ryan and his partner Jessica have been gardening a previously fallowed piece of land called Valdez Farms, on the south end of Quadra. They are already producing healthy vegetable crops. Ryan’s talk will discuss the use of cover crops for building and maintaining soil fertility in vegetable gardens. To see their progress on the farm, complete with photos of Quadra’s seasonal challenges, check out Ryan’s blog at, Ryan lists many species of cover crops including buckwheat, clover, phacelia, oats, peas, tyfon, vetch and what he calls “ the undisputed king of west coast cover crops Fall Rye”. Come to the meeting and learn from a connoisseur of winter green. You will hear about Ryan’s techniques for improving your soil structure and tilth. Also watch for future workshops offered at the farm on the topics of ‘how to grow’. Ryan is a certified horticulturalist, who along with his partner, Jessica, have made Quadra their new home.
For the show and tell table, bring some spring flowers: crocus, hellebores, Japanese plums, forced forsythia. Can anyone pick a bouquet of daffodils for the meeting? Share your extra seeds or seed catalogues. Drop ins welcome $2 at the door or buy an annual membership.