Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Weeding Day!

How many of you got up at 3 am to pull a few weeds?

-Fiona Gilsenan

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Dirt, Lovely Dirt

Soil and fertility photo by Fiona Gilsenan

You never know what you might find once you start paying attention to the soil. Master garden-type Geoff Johnson can teach you more this weekend in a LifeCycles workshop happening in Esquimalt. Here are the details:

Soil and Fertility (with Geoff Johnson), Saturday, April 23rd from 2-4pm Esquimalt Rec Centre - $15-20
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED as space is limited.
Please contact or 250-383-5800 to register for workshops.
Sounds like a great way to learn more about the wonders of dirt and what it can do for you.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Fancy chicken photo from Murray McMurray website.

Everybody wants chickens. I know I do. And I've seen a few coops in Fairfield. Are you wondering whether keeping chickens is legal in Victoria? According to the Victoria Animal Control Services Inc. (which may be the ugliest website ever)...

Farm Animals are prohibited with the exception of chickens, ducks & geese.   These fowl can only be kept as pets or for personal egg consumption.   Eggs cannot be sold or advertised for sale.   Excessive numbers of fowl will bring into question intended use.   Roosters are prohibited.   If you are thinking about keeping chickens call us and we will tell you the issues and potential problems to avoid.   Potbellied pigs are considered Farm Animals regardless of where they are kept (indoors or outdoors).
So that seems clear. Fortunately, the city of Victoria doesn't mind if we keep chickens. Tempted? To find out everything you ever needed to know about poultry, visit the Murray McMurray hatchery website.

Now, how about chickens in Community Gardens?

-Fiona Gilsenan

Monday, April 11, 2011

Fairfield AGM

Garry oak leaves in Moss Rock Park (photo by Emrys Miller, GOERT website) 

Do you live in Fairfield? What are you doing Thursday night? How about stopping by the

FGCA Annual General Meeeting?
Thursday April 14 @ 7pm
Garry Oak Room, 1335 Thurlow

What happens at the AGM? I'm not completely sure, as I've never been to one, but I'll be there with Jessica, Linda, and Bonnie Mae from the garden committee. We can answer any questions you have about the garden and you can find out more about your Community Association.

See you in the Garry Oak Rm...

-Fiona Gilsenan