Ashcroft gardener wins national contest

Shila Natha wins the Scotts Miracle Gro contest for best edible garden.

Shila Natha with her prize from Scott’s Miracle Grow

Each year, the Ashcroft Communities in Bloom committee enters two local resident’s gardens into the Scotts Miracle Gro contest, which is held in conjunction with the National Communities in Bloom competition. Scotts is a major sponsor for the Communities in Bloom program.

The contest has two categories: a residential flower garden and a residential edible (vegetable) garden, and the winners are announced at the annual National Communities in Bloom symposium and awards. Entries for the contest are received from all across Canada, so there is some rather stiff competition. We were very delighted this year when Ashcroft’s entry in the edible garden category was announced as a winner.

Congratulations to Shila Natha! Her neat, tidy vegetable garden featured several types of vegetables that you would expect to find together with some rather unusual ones. Several raised beds contained rows of plants requiring a longer growing season, interplanted with others requiring a short season. She also planted directly into the ground and used separate pots for her more unusual varieties.

Shila received a lovely gift bag filled with garden tools and a variety of Scott’s products valued at over $100.

Andrea Walker

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