As a resident of our mature neighbourhoods, I don’t have to go far to find people with more backyard fruit than they can use. I have access to raspberries, sour cherries, apples, and more. I spend the better part of August and September in a flurry of canning, juicing, freezing, and dehydrating. Continue reading The gift of rescuing each other’s fruit Harvest season is fruitful in more ways than one
Some herbalists grow herbs, some see clients, and some teach. I connect plants and people. More and more, urbanites want to learn about the plants around them and connect with them for food and wellness. Continue reading Learn about herbal plants with new programming Community herbalist is connecting people and plants
Knocking on the front door of the house 11425 95A St was tricky. The porch was being renovated, resulting in piles of broken concrete and earth. A deep pit was in front of the door. It would have taken the legs of an athlete to vault over the pit and knock. Walking to the back entrance gave me an opportunity to take in the historic exterior and find co-owner Sara Melli. Continue reading Local historical home gets a facelift Achieving historical designation is giving the house new life
The parking lot south of Northlands Park Racetrack and Casino hides an urban treasure. Guarded by a chain-link fence and slotted between turret-like satellite dishes, five bustling honeybee hives sit on a grass island dubbed Pollination Park.
As the training ground for the Northlands Youth Beekeeping Project, Pollination Park allows amateur apiarists to learn about honeybees and gain hive handling experience. Continue reading Kids abuzz about bee course Young beekeepers find community at Northlands
Vacant and underutilized lots can become an eyesore. For the most part, they lay bare, except for stray litter that blows in and finds its forever home.
Paul Farquhar has come up with a remedy: turn that land into gardens for community members to use. Continue reading Turning vacant lots into lush gardens Local resident pitches solution for landowners
Alberta Avenue Community League (AACL) has dedicated the past six years to beautifying its multi-use outdoor space in an effort to join nature and community. Set behind the league building, this little hideaway is home to a thriving community garden and year-round events.
One of those events is the Rubber Boots and Bow Tie Garden Party on June 24. It’s an opportunity to enjoy an adult night out in the peaceful space, and if you wish, to contribute to the ongoing beautification through garden installations and a collaborative project. Continue reading Beautifying a community one garden at a time Celebrate with Rubber Boots and Bow Tie Garden Party
Did you know the City of Edmonton creates compost out of your organic garbage? Your taxes pay for pick up, hauling, and processing, and then you can buy it back from the city. But you can also create your own, higher quality compost. Continue reading A beginner’s guide to creating compost Making compost to use in your garden is easy
When thinking of historical houses, we usually imagine well-preserved old mansions where important people lived. But throughout our inner-city neighbourhoods are homes with histories that haven’t been uncovered yet.
Come spring, witty signs with sayings such as “Gardeners share all the gossip” or “Did you know that Iris and Violet are in the same bed with Sweet William?” fill backyard gardens and front lawns.
This year, the Bloomin’ Garden Show is offering a garden sign workshop for people to create their own sign. At $20 per sign, participants can make as many signs as they wish.
“They are fun. They are personalized. And if you made it yourself, you are proud of it,” said Laurie Tod, who will be holding two workshops on May 13. “It’s something you can look at and know it’s made with love,” added Tod.
What goes into a meal that feeds 80 people with leftovers to spare? Parkdale-Cromdale’s community garden volunteers from last year’s pilot project can tell you: construction skills, a big pile of dirt, lots of seeds, and a little tender loving care.
Last summer, Parkdale-Cromdale’s Grower’s Dozen Community Garden tested their chops with four 3-by-7 foot raised-bed boxes that yielded enough food for a harvest meal for over 80 people, all grown from donated seeds and plants.