consider the environment…

the buzz, as of late…

I’m not sure if any of you out there have noticed it, but there have been tons of news articles over the last couple of weeks that discuss the state of bees on our planet.  From pesticides to  colony losses and potential food issues, bees are taking centre stage in the news and hopefully the […]

the dirt on dirt…

the dirt on dirt…

We focus a lot of our attention on what grows out of the ground and what we build on top of it, but often, little attention to the ground itself.  The overall health of our soils is important in supporting the growth of all of our foods and fibres, whether directly or indirectly, but also […]

worms (also) eat our garbage…

worms (also) eat our garbage…

A lot of the specific information about worms and setting up your worm bin has been gleaned from our own first attempt at vermicomposting and from the “Worm Lady”, Mary Appelhof, and her amazing book “Worms Eat My Garbage”. Mary Appelhof self-published this book in 1982 and continued to publish her own guides to gardening […]

drink up, plants…

drink up, plants…

Wheeeeeeeeee it’s raining!  And we managed to get our rain barrels set up just in time for Calgary’s most recent downpour – 63 mm of water over the last 5 days has given us over twice the amount of rainfall we need to fill both of the two barrels we have set up in the […]

look for the ladybug

look for the ladybug

After spotting a number of cute ladybug signs around our neighbourhood, proudly proclaiming their yard homes to be pesticide free, I went about trying to see how we could find a sign for our own yard. I learned that these signs are part of a great initiative by the City of Calgary called Healthy Yards.  The Healthy […]