Friday, June 24, 2011

June 29th Workshop

Join us at the garden on Wednesday, June 29th, at 6 p.m. for an Edible Weed workshop. Learn what weeds grow where in the garden and be surprised by just how many of them are edible!

The workshop is with Randy Lamb, our DUGS President (and weed specialist!) and is approximately an hour long. Work bee to follow.

Everyone and anyone is welcome to join us.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Compost, Potatoes & Greenhouse, Oh My!


Hope everyone had a fantastic rainy weekend! I think it's just what the garden needed, though I also think you'll find the moisture will disappear as fast as it accumulated! The weather office is promising a warm weekend so make sure you continue to water those young plants.


I'd like to give a big thanks to the work crew from the Whitehorse Correctional Centre for the work they completed for us earlier this month. We now have two more beds, which, for this year, will be used to grow potatoes for the food bank. They replaced our deteriorating fence post for the fence along the lilac hedge. They also did a whole lot of weeding and mowing which after this rain you can't tell was ever done!
I'd also like to thank P&M Recycling for their donation of crushed glass for the base of the beds and to Kilrich Industries for their discount on materials.
Thank you all for your generosity and hard work!

Wednesday's Work Bee

We need to sift the compost pile as it has so much 'refuse' in it. We try to pick the garbage out when we put the piles together but it's hard to get everything. The Corrections crew kindly hauled the sifter out of the south garden and into the north up by the compost pile. We can use it to hopefully remove the bulk of the un-decomposed carbon components and anything that just will not break down in a compost.
When we're done sifting and sorting compost, we'll take a bunch of it back to the south garden to mix in to the new beds. Once that's done, we need to get the potatoes in the dirt before it's too late in the season.
If we have time after that, I'd like to get the remainder of the greenhouse painted and hopefully levelled.
And now, with hockey season behind us, there should be no excuses for not coming down to help. It will be a full, rich night. :)

New Rule

In light of a recent incident involving dogs attacking another dog, all dogs MUST BE ON A LEASH when in the garden. This means when you bring your dog to the garden, as I do myself, he/she must be on a leash no matter how friendly he/she may be. We don't want to discourage you bringing your four-legged friends with you to water your plot but we must insist that they be on a leash or tied up while you are there. We certainly don't want any animals hurt or worse, any people, especially children, bitten.
I will take this opportunity to remind you to clean up after your dogs as well.


I want to remind everyone again that their tasks are posted in the shed. All gardeners are expected to complete their 16 hours of work in the garden over the growing season. Please remember to record your hours on the chart also in the shed. If you do not understand your task, please contact me,, and I will explain further as to what is expected.

I went to the launch for a wonderful new book by local favourite and owner of Aroma Borealis, Beverly Gray, titled "The Boreal Herbal". It is a wealth of information from identification to medicinal plant use to delicious recipes. Worth every penny! Check it out if you can.

Hope you are all enjoying the wild roses as much as I am. See you soon!

Alpine Film Night

A great way to spend your Friday evening!

Alpine Bakery - Doors open at 7pm

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wednesday Night Work Bee


Just wanted to let everyone know the work bee for Wednesday night, June 15th, will be cancelled. I have a conflict in schedules that has absolutely nothing to do with hockey games. Feel free to show up anyway and work on your task if you haven't started already. The grass is only getting thicker! Remember to mark down your hours.
Another note, you should be watering your garden daily while you are trying to get things started. Even with the cool temps and the rain we've been getting, the soil dries out very quickly.
For those of you in the South Garden, please roll up the hose when you are done using it.

That's all for now. Good luck to all of you competing in the Kluane to Chilkat bike relay this weekend!
See you all at next week's work bee!

ps. Thank you to Mel, Marlene and Deanna who were all kind enough to help me with my Quest for Kale. :)

Monday, June 6, 2011


Hi Everyone,

I'm wondering if anyone out there in garden land might have some kale, starters or seed , that they might be willing to donate to the Food Bank bed. I've searched high and low and am unable to find either. Let me know if you have any extras that need good homes.

A couple other notes...

All tasks are now posted in the shed at the garden. If your task doesn't make sense to you, please contact me and I will go through it further. Don't forget to put your weeds and grass in the weed compost and most importantly, don't forget to mark down your hours.

Please remember to put all tools, hoses and wheelbarrows back in the shed when you are done. These items tend to go missing if they aren't secured properly.

I haven't assigned water barrels to anyone this year so please, out of courtesy for the other gardeners, take the time to fill the barrels you use most and don't just leave it for your neighbour to take care of.
I am trying to find some more barrels as we do have a bit of a shortage at the moment. If anyone knows of anyone who might have any clean large barrels to give away, please let me know.

The work bee will be mostly concentrating on the tasks we were unable to complete last week. Painting is on the schedule so if that is something you are up for, make sure you wear painting clothes.

Of course, once again, the hockey game is on Wednesday night. If you aren't going to show up to help at the garden, please, at the very least, help the Canucks redeem themselves for the awfulness that was tonight's game.