Transition Bay St Margarets has established this public educational vegetable garden in the Spring, 2012. This garden is intended to inspire everyone about the ease and productivity of growing some of your own vegetables, and is located at the Crossroads immediately to the East of the existing landscape garden installed by the St Margarets Bay Garden Club.
In April 2016, we re-installed 4 large raised beds, following the fantastic landscaping that was done at the Crossroads in the fall of 2016. The current garden consists of approximately 320 square feet of growing space.
Contact us if you are interested in helping at the Educational Vegetable Garden during the upcoming gardening season!
2017 has proven our most successful year to date at the Crossroads Educational Garden, with a grand total of 665 lbs of beautiful organic produce harvested for the St Margarets Bay Food Bank! This amounts to more than 2 lbs of food per foot in our 320 sq foot garden. Our harvest included beets, potatoes, parsnips, carrots, chard, kale, onions, and cabbage. With veggies bigger and better than even our master gardeners normally grow at home, we continue to be amazed at the output of this magical garden space. Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers that keep coming back to lend a hand!
The 5th annual big fall harvest of the Crossroads Educational Vegetable Garden took place on Saturday, September 24th, when we harvested an additional 343 pounds of beautiful quality produce !!! Over the summer, garden volunteers have already harvested over 160 pounds of Swiss chard, kale, carrot and beets. Despite the dry summer weather, we have had an excellent 2016 harvest. The final season's tally, after November and December harvests of chard, kale and parsnips was 561 pounds of vegetables for the St Margarets Bay Food Bank!!
An incredible harvest of 421 pounds of vegetables was brought in this year - from the same size of garden as last year! Proof that continually improving the soil will always increase yields. The St Margarets Bay Food Bank provided strong volunteer support over the course of the growing season with weeding and harvesting. Out hats off to all volunteers - it was a very successful season.
The Garden harvest in 2014 - Over 270 pounds of vegetables were harvested this year! The addition of three new beds helped raise the total harvest, with produce going to both the St Margarets Bay Food Bank and the Hubbards & Area Food Bank.
The Garden harvest in 2013 - Over 170 pounds of vegetables were harvested, including carrots, potatoes, onions, cabbage, rutabaga, beets, parsnips and chard. Tina and Jeremy at Mariposa helped with the weighing on their store scale. The harvest was donated to the SMB Food Bank with Dave Flemming.
Harvest 2013 (Click to enlarge photos)
Late September, several volunteers made the first harvest of potatoes, carrots, beets, red and green cabbage, onions, rutabaga and Swiss chard. Approximately 60 pounds of vegetables were harvested, and presented to the St Margarets Bay Food Bank.