Elena Erokhina and Mike Mercier won for best back yard garden. (Contributed)

Maple Ridge residents get growing

Winners of 2018 Food Garden contest

If you want to grow food on your little plot of land, you have to be creative when it comes to cultivation.

In Maple Ridge, that can involve steep slopes, one of the issues faced, then overcome, by Darren Manweiler, who won first in the problem-solving category for Maple Ridge’s eighth annual Food Garden Contest.

The city’s agricultural advisory committee sponsors the contest to encourage people to think about growing food on their properties.

Manweiler devised a terraced food garden using stone retaining walls, to provide stability for growing food. According to the results of the contest released last week by the city, the efforts have resulted in baskets of food for his family.

The best front yard garden this year was grown by Ayuko Takahashi. She used raised garden beds and soaker hoses to make best use of water and she rotates her crops through season. Takahashi used echinacea, lavender and scented geraniums to attract pollinators and grew carrots, beans, strawberries, raspberries, lettuce, and Asian pear to reduce grocery bills during the growing season.

Elena Erokhina and Mike Mercier were judged to have the best back yard garden, which also used raised beds, and timed watering systems to grow greens, garlic and carrots.

“One of the best things about having your own veggie garden is that you can come home from the office, hungry, go outside, and pick up your dinner,” they said on the city’s website.

Luka Takahashi, 7, continued the tradition and won the best children’s garden category while Bernice Van Netten’s garden was judged to be the best overall. Van Netten grows plums, figs, raspberries, tomatoes and garlic and a range of vegetables.

She also uses a few tricks to fool the interlopers who might raid the garden. Marigolds and nasturtiums discourage insect pests while strategically placed mirrors scare off raccoons. Sheep manure, aged chicken manure and compost help nourish the garden.

In the self-sustaining garden category, Ken Manweiler won for his garden that’s been producing for years. The heavy clay soil has been improved with compost and he uses a mulching mower that shreds tough vegetation for compost and doesn’t use pesticides.

Renata Trivieri, from Grow and Gather Nursery, judged the entries.

 

Darren Manweiler solved drainage by terracing his garden. (Contributed)

Just Posted

Easter egg hunts and fun for families

More events scheduled for Sunday in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Bobcats, bears, and otters, oh my!

Critter Care Wildlife Society’s 20th anniversary gala set for next Saturday in Langley

Victoria ‘reviewing options’ for removing convicted councillors

Pitt Meadows lobbied for change after David Murray’s sex assault conviction

Cubetto teaches kids the building blocks of coding

Fraser Valley Regional Library’s wooden robot coming to Maple Ridge in May

Toothpick speech a Toastmasters win for Pitt man

Stefano Cossalter won the district-level contest.

Dashcam captures close call between minivan, taxi at busy Vancouver intersection

To make the footage more nerve-wracking, a pedestrian can be seen standing at the corner

VIDEO: Fan support almost deafening as Giants take Game 2 in finals

Vancouver G-Men cap comeback with thrilling third period to beat Spokane 4-2 on home ice in Langley

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

VIDEO: Fire guts Peachland home

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze in the Okanagan neighbourhood

$6K raised in one day’s time for family of woman gunned down in Penticton

GoFundMe launched for family of Darlene Knippelberg, to pay for funeral costs and other expenses

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Seattle’s 4-20 ‘protestival’ enjoys tolerance, some support – and B.C. could do the same

Seattle’s Hempfest a large-scale occasions with vendors, prominent musical acts and thousands of attendees

Most Read