Discussion and demo: Improving your garden soil

Categories: Events
Published on: March 19, 2018

Transition Brockville, Brockville Public Library / 19 March 2018

In spring every gardener dreams of a beautiful, productive garden. The best way to realize that dream is to make sure your garden soil is healthy.

Following its presentation of the documentary Symphony of the Soil last month, Transition Brockville has invited Master Gardener Mary Ann Van Berlo to lead a lively discussion and demonstration on how we can improve our garden soil. She’ll present a short slide show at the next Transition Brockville get-together, Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m., at the Brockville Public Library. Then she’ll demonstrate how organic matter can improve the soil porosity of both clay soil and sandy soil.

Van Berlo has created a garden showplace on her riverside property near Maitland. From shady hosta gardens on the waterfront to sunny gardens along the highway, she has dealt with different soil conditions and made her gardens bloom. A past president of the Brockville and District Horticultural Society, she has a wealth of knowledge to share with all garden lovers. Bring your questions about soil improvement to this Transition presentation and join the discussion.

Also at this month’s meeting, Transition Brockville will be selling a special rose fertilizer as a fundraiser. This “Fritz Mix” was concocted by Paul Fritz for the roses in his beautiful rose gardens on Oak Leaf Road near Athens. He gave bags of the mix to the Athens Garden Club to sell as a fundraiser, but the club has dissolved and Fritz has moved. Using his recipe, Transition Brockville hopes to help rose lovers feed their roses while supporting Transition’s efforts to encourage gardening and more sustainable living. Each $5 bag feeds one rose bush for the season.

Sunday’s presentation is free and open to the public; however, a free will donation to Transition Brockville is always welcomed. Refreshments will be served.