Garden Tip of the Week: 17

Master Composter Poster

First, the garden tip; then a reminder about classes.  Have you harvested your onions and garlic?

Very likely you’ve already pulled your garlic and onions, but if you haven’t, do it now before the fall rains really begin. Allow them both to cure in a warm dry place for at least two weeks (onions can tolerate sun but garlic can NOT). Store them in well-ventilated containers in a dark, cool, dry place (5 to 10 degrees is ideal). Properly cured, they should last into late spring, but if they begin to dry out, transfer them to the fridge to extend their lives.  Thick necked onions spoil faster than thin, so use those first! 

A reminder about PUAA’s last course for 2014:

PUAA’s last offering for the 2014 growing season is Brenda Lende’s ever-popular “Growing Garlic and Ground Covers.” Brenda is giving this course on Saturday, September 27 from 1 to 3 PM. It will take place at the Younie farm on Corbishley Rd., but since parking is limited there as well, let’s meet at the Shatford Centre Parking lot once more and carpool at 12:45.   I took this course last fall and learned a lot. Best garlic crop I’ve ever grown was the result!

To register and for more info, please call  250-494-8244.

Last but not least, one more class to take you into fall:

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen in collaboration with the Friends of Summerland Ornamental Gardens invites residents to a Master Composter / Recycler course on Saturday October 18th and Sunday October 19th at the Summerland Ornamental Gardens. The two day course is designed for local volunteers interested in teaching effective composting and recycling to friends, family and their community. The course is free but participants will be asked to donate to the Friends of Summerland Ornamental Gardens Society.

The RDOS Master Composter/Recycler Program was started in 2010 to help empower volunteers to teach effective composting and recycling. Participants have gone on to build compost bins for local community gardens, present talks to local groups and assist neighbours in setting up compost bins. People that complete the weekend long session are asked to record their volunteer hours. Once they have more than 70 volunteer hours they are recognized as RDOS Certified Master Composters/Recyclers. So far 4 individuals have been recognized with this distinction.

Interested participants are asked to register by Thursday October 16th by contacting the RDOS at 250-490-4129 or e-mailing





Composting Basics Course

Mark your calendars, July 14th at 10:30am

Cameron Baughen from the RDOS is holding a free composting course on July 14th at our C.URB site.  The course starts at 10:30am and will run for about an hour.

Come on down and learn how to start and manage a compost taught by a master composter.

Please register at

Donations gladly accepted and appreciated to keep programs like these alive!