Spring into gardening season

Backyard Composting 101 workshop will be hosted May 12 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Xerindipity Garden.

Spring has sprung and it’s time to dust off your shovels, rakes and pruners.

What better way to start the gardening season than brushing up on your composting skills. Learn how to successfully use your backyard composter to maximize your yield of natural soil enricher at Xerindipity Garden’s first Workshop of 2012.

The Backyard Composting 101 workshop will be hosted May 12 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Xerindipity Garden, next to the Okanagan Science Centre at 2704 Highway 6. All ages welcome. No registration required.

The workshop is ideal for beginner backyard compost users or anyone looking for tips, tricks and troubleshooting on topics such as what combination of materials need to be added and how to care for your composter.

Dave Weatherill of Briteland will be facilitating the workshop and he encourages all attendees to bring their questions.

For more information, contact the Regional District of North Okanagan at 250-550-3700.

As you spring into gardening season, Vernon Communities in Bloom reminds you to nominate someone, or enter, the Community Landscape and Garden Contest.

The deadline is 4 p.m. July 2 for the contest which recognizes individuals, businesses, and youth who beautify their community through gardening and stewardship efforts. Regardless of their expertise in landscape design or gardening, individuals are invited to enter this contest or nominate someone whose efforts contribute to beautifying our community.

The contest is open to residents of Vernon, Coldstream, Swan Lake, the Commonage, BX – Silverstar and Westside Okanagan Lake (Electoral Areas B and C).

Entry forms are available at Vernon city hall, Art Knapp Plantland, Swan Lake Nursery Land and the Vernon Landscape Centre.

Drop off completed entry forms at the sponsors’ locations or enter online at www.vernon.ca/communities_in_bloom/garden_contest_rules.html

Five businesses and organizations have sponsored the following categories: Vernon Landscape Centre sponsors the Business and Commercial category; Art Knapp Plantland sponsors the residential patio/deck category; Swan Lake Nurseryland sponsors the residential yard category; Food Action Society sponsors the edible garden category and new sponsor Element Eco-Design sponsors the Youth garden category.

Judging of shortlisted gardens takes place July 12 and 13, with date/location of the awards event to be announced.

But before you get digging into spring, physiotherapists encourage gardeners to stay pain and injury free.

“If you like to garden but want to avoid common gardening injuries and sore muscles, it’s best to start and finish your day in the garden with a gentle warm up and some stretching,” said Rebecca Tunnacliffe, CEO of the Physiotherapy Association of B.C.

“By following our Phsyio-4 tips you can minimize injury, alleviate pain and get the most enjoyment out of your day in the garden.”

1. Begin with a warm-up.

2. Be aware of posture and body mechanics.

3. Be ergonomically correct.

4. Pace Yourself.