9 August 2011

Kitsilano Garlic Harvest

Yesterday morning we had a bountiful harvest of garlic at the Kitsilano Secondary garden.  Twenty kids from Kicks for Kids Daycamp (ages 6 and 7) came by to pull up the pungent bulbs.  There was a brief demonstration on garlic braiding and we discussed the importance of storing our summer crops for use throughout the year.  In a couple of weeks when the garlic has cured the kids will bring their own bulbs home for planting, cooking, and amateur vampire hunting.

After the harvest, we reseeded the beds with some hardy vegetables. The kids chose turnips and spinach from the seeds provided.  We then watered the garden and spent a bit of time looking at insects.

It's truly inspiring to spend time in the garden with such animated and inquisitive children.  Many of whom were excited about the idea of planting their garlic bulbs and watching them grow over the fall, winter, and spring.  Thanks again to Kicks for Kids for all your enthusiasm.  Hope to see you all gardening again soon!