By Kathryn Pankowski

Then you need the James Bay Plant Swap & Sale, coming up on Saturday May 14, 10–12 in the White Eagle Hall parking lot at the corner of Niagara and Dock Streets.

It’s the perfect place to find a new home for all those extra veggie starts from the pack of seeds that germinated a tad too enthusiastically. (The year I could have grown a hedge composed entirely of parsley springs to mind.) And the spot to find replacements for the seeds that didn’t germinate at all. Or bring divisions of your perennial garden plants and trade them for the treasures from someone else’s garden.

If you’re cleaning out your shed, this is the place to pass on your underused garden tools to someone who covets them. And if you’re a beginning gardener, this is where you can pick up things you need on the cheap, along with lots of good advice about coping with James Bay growing conditions (That salty wind! Those cold summers! Deer, otters, and peacocks - oh my!)


If the outdoor table where you hoped to drink your morning coffee looks like this, you may want to get rid of a few extra seedlings and starts at the James Bay Plant Swap & Sale on May 14, 10-12.

Here’s how to take part:

If you have plants coming out your ears, you can book a spot — and early access to the site for set up — by sending me an email at Bring your own table and chair if you want, set-up, and swap or sell to your heart’s content. Free for James Bay residents.

If you have just a few plants (or other gardening gear) to sell or trade, wander down on the day.

If you have items you’d like to pass on to new homes, but don’t want to sell or trade yourself, you can donate plants and small tools in good working order to the JBNA Gardening Committee. We will sell what we can, with proceeds going towards James Bay gardening projects. Unsold items will be used in community gardens, given away, or, as a last resort, recycled. If possible, please drop items off at the sale between 9:30 and 10:15. If you can’t drop them off, contact me at as it may be possible to make alternative  arrangements.

If you don’t have anything to trade, but would like to shop, I’m sure you know what to do. Just come on by and see what you can find.

Don’t forget to check out the new Garden of All Sorts allotments right across the street, and the Montreal Street Gardens just around the corner, while you are there.

Neighbourhood Gardening News

James Bay New Horizons is planning to extend their beautiful (and neonicotinoid-free) pollinator garden around the corner of the building right up to the beehives. Another great garden addition to the ‘hood.

Did you know that our community herb garden in Fisherman’s Wharf Park is open for anyone to harvest fresh herbs for their own cooking needs? Plants should have lots of yummy fresh foliage by the this time, so take a pair of sharp scissors or secateurs and cut just above where a leaf or leaves join the stem if you can. It may feel a bit odd to be slicing bits off plants in a public park, but that’s what they are there for, so do use them.

Kathryn Pankowski is the James Bay Neighbourhood Association Neighbourhood Gardening Advocate. The JBNA would like to acknowledge the financial support of the City of Victoria for this initiative.