Every spring, Andrea Ruelling reads Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life for inspiration.
Her garden is inspirational as well. The front yard is divided into raised beds, two of which are self-watering. Peas and squash plants climb lattices, ripe strawberries tempt passersby, lettuce and carrots flourish. That’s but a sampling of the front yard, never mind a backyard full of potatoes, dill, tomatoes, sunflowers, raspberries, rhubarb and more.
Continue reading Local resident’s garden is a labour of love Andrea Ruelling grows food and brings neighbours together
Himalayan Balsam is a beautiful flower, but its seeds launch six meters and quickly overtakes other plants.
“Invasive plants don’t grow naturally here, they’re brought in intentionally or unintentionally,” said Daniel Laubhann, environmental technician with the city. “In a natural environment, other factors keep the plants in check.”
Continue reading Tackling invasive plants and common weeds Knowing the difference between harmful and useful plants makes a difference
Alberta Avenue, known for arts and revitalization, also has beautiful yards and gardens. Follow along on a tour of this charming neighbourhood.
Continue reading Touring the best of Alberta Avenue’s sites Walk or bicycle in Alberta Avenue’s diverse neighbourhood
From interesting houses and beautiful yards to a ravine and river valley oasis, you will find it all in Parkdale-Cromdale. As I walk, cycle, or drive through our mature neighbourhood, I’m thankful I don’t live in a cookie-cutter treeless suburb.
Below are two different walking tours, one of Parkdale and one of Cromdale/Viewpoint (with lots of pictures!).
Continue reading Uniqueness and beauty in Parkdale-Cromdale Take a tour of interesting houses, beautiful yards, and local business
Eastwood is a community with a variety of green space. From yards to balconies to raised beds, I saw it all when I explored the neighbourhood.
Some gardens were neat and orderly, while others were riotous collections of colour, shape and size, revealing more the longer I looked. All delighted the eye.
Continue reading Eastwood: a community of green spaces Go on this shorter walk to discover Eastwood’s beautiful sites
Westwood, a tree-lined neighbourhood, is full of garden gems that reveal the history and heart of the community. Check out this photo-filled garden walk below!
Continue reading Embarking on a Westwood garden walk Learning from the people in my community
Growing herbs, especially from seed, requires months of work before seeing results. By this time, you just want to let your plants grow, but then all at once they’ve gone to seed. Pruning and harvesting encourages fuller growth and a bigger yield.
Two important rules apply to harvesting most herbs. One: never pick more than one-third of a plant’s leaves at once. Two: let the plant recover before harvesting again. Beyond that, everyone has their own method, from selectively picking single leaves all over the plant to snapping off entire stems.
Continue reading Just a pinch can work wonders for your plants The how and why to pruning herbs and pinching tomatoes
A few things in Edmonton seem to be irrefutable: the gardening season isn’t long enough and there aren’t enough adult-only neighbourhood events. The solution: a garden party.
On June 25, the Alberta Avenue Community League is holding its third annual Rubber Boots and Bow Ties Garden Party. The event is a way for people in Alberta Avenue to get to know each other, but all area residents are invited.
Continue reading Basking in the beauty of art and gardens Mingle with neighbours at Alberta Avenue’s garden party
My lawn is shaggy and ready for the first haircut of summer. It’s time to pry my creaky garage door open and unearth the old electric mower—the tiny plastic broken-handled mower. I’ll tread back and forth, leaving rows of sub-par lawncare in my wake, then hide the mower for another week or three.
My neighbours will do the same, but not on the same day. Each of us has bought a mower, only to shelve it for 355 days a year. It doesn’t have to be this way. My neighbours and I could pool our money to buy a great mower, twice the width and power of my own. We could take turns using and storing it. Our street would win an award for the city’s best-kept lawns. We’d save some cash and Mother Earth would smile.
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We all want glorious gardens where pests don’t pester. The unseasonably warm weather has meant our plants are starting to thrive. But healthy plants are attractive to insects and other pests, which can decimate a garden in no time.
Continue reading Pests, be gone! Creating a healthy garden How to keep destructive insects away from plants