Six weeks before the frost sets in (traditionally, people consider Canadian Thanksgiving the first-frost date, but it comes later), gardeners can often get an early start on the next year’s garden and crops. This time of year is perfect for doing transplants because roots are not likely to experience water and heat stress. It gives them a chance to establish themselves before the coming winter.

So I decided that it’s time for an event: a fall-oriented gardening session (click to read the outcome) to prepare a garden for next year and plant native species.

This hands-on event for the avid or casual gardener is a collaborative learning opportunity about native and cultivated plants for biodiverse wildlife gardens. We’ll share knowledge on gardening and native species for both shade and sun. You’re also welcome to bring plants from your garden and for swapping with other gardeners.

(More about the event, and then the video!)…

We’ll start by removing unwanted plants which you can take home and replant. I’ll buy whatever’s available from native nurseries and garden centres. We’ll spread a generous layer of compost mulch over the new garden, and participants can take extra home – so bring a bucket!

There’s space for 8 to actively participate, and room for another 8 (children and partners welcome) to join in an hour later and partake in the vegetarian barbecue.

You can see the event and BCLH’s EventBrite profile here:

When I got home from the nursery for the Rewilding garden session, I took this video for your enjoyment: my bunnies outdoors, hopping around the garden and the green driveway, and some butterflies, too. If it’s not got sound on, click through to the Facebook post to listen to my narration.