Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Prince Edward County Master Gardeners.  On this page we’ll post news items and updates.  As always, if you have a question, write to us, just click on the Contact Us button at the top.

June 2020 – We now have copies of the new “Grow Me Instead” booklet from the Ontario Invasive Plant Council.  If you would like one, just send us an email to: pecmastergardeners@gmail.com and we will be happy to send one to you.

 

April 25th – The province of Ontario has re-opened community gardens and declared them an “essential source of fresh food” for people, including those who are facing food insecurity, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is good news for gardeners and PEC Master Gardeners can help.  If you plan to put in a garden this year, send us your questions, or photos of your garden.  Together, we can have the best crop ever!

Help and support during the Covid-19 Pandemic

In this time of uncertainty, we are all re-evaluating our lives, asking ourselves, “what’s really important?”  Many of you have been experiencing shortages and most of us find ourselves isolated from our friends and family.

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But, it’s spring! And the plants are pushing up out of the ground and our gardens are awakening.  Gardening is not cancelled!

Prince Edward Master Gardeners want you to know that we are here to answer all your gardening questions.  This is a great time to consider food security, to put in a vegetable garden to feed your family, or expand the garden you have.

Just click on the Contact Us at the top of the page and send us your question.

If you are considering putting in a garden, the first step is always the soil.  Here is a short video on How to make a No-Dig Garden  by Morag Gamble, a passionate advocate of permaculture and a simple life.  Morag’s method is easy, anyone can do it and it involves very little work.

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Winter is the time gardeners are pouring over their seed catalogues and planning this year’s garden.  In Ontario, we’re lucky to have so many excellent sources for seeds. You’ll be the most successful if you pick the seed companies that are closest to where you live, or in the same growing region as you. However, you can still have success ordering from a company farther away, but you’ll have to be careful not to order a plant that isn’t in your growing zone. If you’re not sure what growing zone you’re in, go here, type in your location and  the Landscape Ontario will find it for you.

Here’s a few seed catalogues to get you started, many of them are happy to send you their seed catalogue for free:

William Dam Seeds William Dam Seeds is a family-run company located just outside of Dundas, Ontario, supplying small farmers and gardeners in Canada with seed for food, flowers and soil building. They are proud to offer a varied catalogue of many different seed varieties that are not chemically treated, and some of the seeds are certified organic as well. Download their 2020 catalogue here

Richter’s is your go-to for everything herbal. Located in Goodwood, Ontario, Richters has been growing and selling herbs since 1969. Check out their online catalogue or request a copy to be mailed out.  Download their catalogue here.

Natural Seed Bank is an online retailer of garden seeds. They sell various organic and untreated garden seeds. Located in Port Hope, Ontario, Natural Seed Bank is 100 percent Canadian owned and operated. All of their seeds are non-GMO and untreated, and many selections are organic. They’re committed to never selling GMO products.

Veseys is one of the premier seed, bulb and garden supply sites in North America. Located on Prince Edward Island, Veseys has 75 years of history providing products, services, and advice to gardeners.  Be sure to head over and subscribe for your free catalogue. They put on many fantastic specials, have quality products and outstanding customer service. Request a catalogue.

OSC Seeds Ontario Seed Company from Kitchener, ON, features a selection of high-quality seed packets, perfectly suited for the Canadian climate and ready for planting in your garden. Their full line of products includes 30 herbs, 250 vegetables, 240 annuals and 100 perennials & biennials. Request a free catalogue

Terra Edibles  is located in Foxboro, Ontario and are pioneers in heirloom vegetable and flower seeds.  They have been around since 1993 and can often been found at Seedy Saturday and the Peterborough Garden Show. Download a printer friendly version of their catalogue here

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No one really knows how long this will go on, I think months rather than weeks.  It seems unlikely that we will be having our annual Plant Sale in May.  What I can say is: if the library opens, we will too.

In the meantime, send us your questions, or comments, or photos, keep in touch.

Take care, stay healthy, wash your hands and Happy Gardening.