This week, September 16-24, 2017, is Canada’s National Organic Week, and though B.A.S.E. Daycare Green Clubs will only be returning to their gardens next week, these green spaces and their stewards celebrate organic gardening techniques year-round!
All B.A.S.E. Daycare Green Clubs follow organic gardening practices, which include using companion planting techniques to prevent insect infestation, crop rotation, soil solarization (a natural way to get rid of weeds without using chemical pesticides), and improving the soil by creating their own compost and adding rich compost material.
Mid-October, many Green Clubs will be hosting their Harvest Parties to celebrate all their hard work and share the fruits of their labour with the rest of their daycare. This year some of the Harvest Parties will feature bike blenders!
A few other fun green projects to come are a fruit orchard at Parkdale, hoop houses at St. Monica and a cold frame at Pierre De Coubertin – both are basically mini greenhouses which are great for crops of kale, spinach, lettuce and chard that do well in cold weather.