Tag Archive | soil

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

from lawn to garden

from lawn to garden

When we first moved in to our house last year, our backyard boasted little but a weed-filled, patchy lawn in the front and back and a somewhat sad-looking Manitoba Maple tree growing straight into our neighbour’s overhead power lines. We were anxious to start growing some of our own food and started off with two […]