Community Garden Open House

July 12, 2011 by  
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July 16, 2011
10:00 amto2:00 pm

 

 

The Windfields Community & Teaching Gardens is hosting a community open house at 2951 Simcoe Street N, from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.  Please see map below.

Activities includes:

  • Cooking with weeds
  • Garden Tour & Trivia
  • Victory Garden presentation
  • Giveaways

The Windfields Community Gardens Open House is part of a larger regional community garden event organized by Durham Integrated Growers to showcase local food projects.

We will be taking pictures of the event and interviewing visitors.

Sprouting Greens Project launch

June 6, 2011 by  
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Sprouting Green

 

What a wonderful way to launch a project.  The Sprouting Green Project, launched on May 29th at the Windfields Community Garden, was a tremendous success, where over 40 volunteers participated in designing, hoeing, planting, eating and drinking, and of course building community and having fun.

With 4 garden plots, measuring 5ft by 30ft, the team planted tomatoes, pumpkins, beans, zucchinis, to name a few.  Everyone was so enthusiastic on this bright Sunday and all for a great cause, feeding hungry people. The produce will be donated to local food banks.

The Project is a partnership between fbsc.org, TD Canada Trust, Friends of the Environment and Meals Exchange Canada.

Watch the video

http://www.flickr.com/photos/glennmcknight/sets/72157626711618145/

Congratulations to Laura and Stacy from TD Canada Trust

2011 Windfields season begins

June 6, 2011 by  
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May 11, 2011toOctober 14, 2011

An open field awaits planting!

Rain, rain and more rain

June 6, 2011 by  
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For the month of May, 2011 there was a lot of rain, making it muddy to work at the community garden.  The upside is that the ground really had a good soaking, which saves water and the time for watering.

One really good way of saving water and money is capturing it with rain barrels. As you can see, we draped a piece of landscape cloth under the cover to ensure that we don’t encourage mosquito larvae-a problem if water stand still.

We encourage our gardeners to use an watering can and try to pour it on the  roots to build a strong root system.  This encourage the root to dig deeper in an effort to find water under the surface, which will take less time to water, saves money and time.

 

During a particularly heavy rainfall -which the gardeners got caught in at the Windfields Community Gardens, there was about 6 inches of rained in about 15 minutes, as you can see below in the wheel barrow it was quite a downpour.   By the way, standing water encourage mosquitoes, so try and empty any containers with standing water in, if available in your water barrels as soon as possible.

 

 

Growing vegetables can be easy

June 6, 2011 by  
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 When considering a planting a home garden of eating, the question of what to plant  always arises. Some things to consider when making that decision is that vegetables need a minimum of six hours of sunshine, and additions such as compost and manure depending on the condition of the soil.

At the Windfields Community Garden, we plant various vegetables, including carrots, beans, peppers, tomatoes, squash, corn, peas, zucchini, potatoes okra, melons and herbs.

Planting vegetables can be a simple task and this article shows how easy.  These are vegetables that are good for a hearty meal.

http://www.hgtv.ca/gardening/articledetails.aspx?ContentId=2508&cat=4&by=1