Sunday September 29th
Time: Session runs 10:00 to 1:00 with an optional 1:00-2:00 apple harvest.
Location: Wildwood Community Center
Fee: 25$ Adult non members; $20 members - 15 Youth non members; $10 members
*Are you a busy parent? Little ones welcome we just ask disruptions are kept as minimal as possible.*
Summary of Event:
Curious about different ways to preserve the harvest? Join Puzzle Permaculture, Inc at the Wildwood Community Center for an overview of various methods that will inspire and empower you to start preserving now or to try something new. This fast paced session will touch on canning, dehydrating, juicing, and fermenting followed by an optional apple pick in the community of Wildwood! Simple demonstrations will allow you to walk away understanding:
- safe water bath canning and supplies needed
- do you really need pectin and all that sugar in that jam?
- fruit and vegetable dehydrating basics
- is that vegetable slicer really worth it?
- how to make fruit leather in under 10 minutes!
- basics of lacto-fermentation so you can safely make your own pickles, ketchup, and more.
- Bonus: Unveiling the mystery of Kombucha and Kefir drinks so you can make your own probiotic sodas!
Thank you for the gift of the grant to further develop our food forest!
Everyone is invited to attend the First Wildwood Community Garden Harvest Celebration!
Please come to enjoy:
* meeting a local farmer, Eric Boiral, and picking up some potatoes and squash from his harvest
* getting to know Lindsie Bruns of Patterson Springs Farm. She is a farmer, beekeeper, food preserver and much more (www.pattersonspringsfarm.ca)
* local music and entertainment — some surprises await you!
* kids’ harvest activities and crafts
* sharing in the potluck feast — if you can, bring something to share from your own harvest
* an inspirational seed collecting talk with Kathleen of Harmonic Herbs (we have many of their seeds successfully grown in our gardens!)
* some locally made apple products
any questions or comments, contact: email@example.com
Compost tea being used on the Harvard campus to treat the lawn. If Harvard does it, it should be a no-brainer!
Some changes to the event schedule. Click on link above to check out the new program!
Good day, below are some of the notes from the recent “Plot your Success in a Community Garden” workshop hosted by Janet Melrose on March 28th. Enjoy!
PLOT YOUR SUCCESS IN A COMMUNITY GARDEN – JANET MELROSE – March 28/13
We now have 115 frost free days in Calgary (this has changed in recent years) but is still the most variable climate in the world!
Raised Beds have a micro climate – warmer soil sooner but depends on the height of the beds. Temps can vary from 4 – 20 degrees from bottom to the top.
Beans and cukes – sensitive and wait to plant them until June 20th!
Kale, carrots, swiss chard like frost will do okay planting earlier.
Get a soil thermometer.
Top dress the soil 2 – 4 inches
Call 311 for leaf and pumpkin mulch
Soil Fertility in a Raised Bed (it’s all about the compost!)
– compost sometimes helps the nutrients move through the soil
– straw uses Nitrogen to break down (give it time in the composter)
– scratch coffee grounds (good for N) into the soil every couple of weeks. Don’t just empty a bag onto the top of the garden.
– Too much nitrogen causes plants to be leggy and grow too fast. Need a balance.
– Regarding animal manures – know your source. Many animals are treated with antibiotics and things so be wary.
– Leaves are the best thing to put all over the garden and can be used as spring and fall mulch.
– Grass clippings are also good for nitrogen
– Newspaper adds carbon
– fish fertilizer, kelp meal
– epsom salts (1 c. Epsom salts to 4 litres of water for magnesium and calcium)
– gypsom for calcium and sulfur to decrease alkalinity
– put a TUMS in the planting hole
– egg shells for calcium
– powdered milk
– rock phosphate
– yellow leaves on tomatoes – could be a lack of nitrogen; purple leaves – lack of phosphorous
– ADD DIFFERENT THINGS TO THE COMPOST ALL THE TIME – LAYER GREENS AND BROWNS
- Great crops require consistent water nt he right amounts, when they need it and where it can get to the roots of the plants.
Eg. Carrots need water when the root is forming, lettuce needs water when the leaf is forming, tomatoes and potatoes need water all the time.
– use organic mulch
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Good afternoon, just a quick reminder that the Calgary Horticultural Society’s spring garden show is set for April 13th and 14th and is coming up fast! More details are available via their website at;
Wildwood Community Association
Community Garden Committee Meeting
February 12, 2013
7pm @ 23 Walnut Dr
In Attendance: Alison, Carolyn, Christy, Heather K, Jen, Marni, Michelena, Pam, Rachel, Sara
CM, Sara K
Regrets: Cheryl N
Dates to remember:
- Sunday, Feb. 24 – returning gardeners must drop contract and payment off at
Cheryl Northey’s – 4224 5 Ave SW: Marni will email contract to those returners
who have expressed interest.
- Thursday, Feb. 28, 7:30-8:30: Small Hall – registration for new garden plot
- Tuesday, April 2, 7PM – Next Garden meeting: 22 Windermere Rd (Sara K’s)
- Community Service workers have been booked at the garden on: April 20&21,
April 27&28, May 11&12, June 1&2. Projects include: digging swales, building
ground level veggie beds, tree planting, watering system, bed preparation.
- Saturday, May 25, 2-4 – Garden celebration (after the cleanup and before the
1. The Celebration, Saturday, May 25 – 2-4
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