Tag Archive | gardening in Calgary

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 […]

harvest time in the backyard

harvest time in the backyard

Ahhhh harvest time!  Over the last few weeks, we’ve been digging up potatoes, pulling up beets and (tiny) carrots, picking tomatoes, beans, squash and zucchini, and finding some odds and ends like garlic we planted last year and a couple hot peppers from a pepper plant that we received in the CSA. If you’re in […]

community gardens in Calgary: Downtown Calgary

community gardens in Calgary: Downtown Calgary

 Community Gardens Series 4.0:  The Downtown Calgary Urban Garden Our fourth community garden series story is from the Downtown Calgary urban garden project located on 3rd Street on the Barclay Parade (between 5th and 6th avenue SW). This past week, Downtown Calgary celebrated its community garden with their Harvest with Heart event. Reaping the rewards […]

community gardens in Calgary: The Mustard Seed Rooftop

community gardens in Calgary: The Mustard Seed Rooftop

 Community Gardens Series 3.0:  The Mustard Seed Rooftop Garden Our third community garden story comes from the from the top of world in downtown Calgary: the Mustard Seed’s Rooftop Garden. The Mustard Seed is an organization that provides basic services, employment assistance and housing to Calgary’s men and women faced with hardship and homelessness. In Calgary, […]

community gardens in Calgary: Sunnyside Shared

community gardens in Calgary: Sunnyside Shared

 Community Gardens Series 2.0:  Sunnyside Shared Community Garden Our second community garden story comes from the new installment in the greenspace under the LRT bridge on Memorial Drive.  The Sunnyside Shared Community Garden is not your usual neighbourhood garden project — this group truly promotes the idea of “community” in how the gardens have been […]

This is not a test… I repeat, this is not a test

Calgary’s Tuesday Hailstorm in the Garden  Earlier this year as we planted our seeds, we talked about grandiose plans for warding off the hailstorms that seem to frequent Calgary in July and August.  Ping-pong ball sized hail brings complaints around the office about cars getting dented and other such damage, but for us, it means […]

community gardens in Calgary: Southwood

community gardens in Calgary: Southwood

Community Gardens Series 1.0:  Southwood This is the first installment of a series of blog pots on community gardens around the city of Calgary. We’ll chat with gardeners around the city who are getting involved with their neighbourhoods and growing food within the city. Our first garden story comes from the community of Southwood, where […]

mid-july in the garden

mid-july in the garden

it’s (currently) easy being green The weather has been almost exactly like we could have hoped for – rain, sun, rain, heat wave, rain – the plants are loving it.  While the cool start to the season has delayed a lot of what we’d be expecting to find in our garden at this time, we’re […]

saving our seeds – the importance of heirlooms and open-pollinated seeds

Mass extinction Seeds have been on my mind a lot this summer. A seed is such a simple thing, something we come across multiple times each day – hidden in the cores of your apples, spilling out of dinner’s green pepper, blowing away from the dandelions in your front yard. They are one of the […]

buds, spuds and green tomatoes

buds, spuds and green tomatoes

An update from our garden… Our efforts in the garden have started to show as the first vegetables have sprung from the ground and we’re seeing changes almost daily in the backyard.  The first vegetables to come up were the purple-top turnips, with thick and healthy leaves. The chards and radishes were soon to follow […]