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Today's Harvest- Campbellton Community Garden

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My Garden Memories

My gardening experiences stretch back over several generations. The gardens of my youth were primarily tended my father, mother and her mother, my grandmother. I have vague memories spending hours in the back yard watching them and helping in my own way, tend to tomatoes, peonies, lilies, flags and more. One vivid memory is of the snapdragons that grew in the crack along the driveway whiel another, is of the hollyhock, which inhabited the space between the houses and which came back many years later after the house next door had been torn down. In later years as I entered, what is now known as the pre-teen years, I remember tomato sandwiches from fresh picked beefsteak tomatoes with lettuce provided by a neighbour. This was a late summer treat. When I moved away from home in the late 1960s I wandered far from the garden physically, but now and then when I visited my parents, especially during the gardening season and sat in the backyard or lent a hand deadheading or harvesting, I was…

Bees At Work

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From A Friend's Garden

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zucchini, tomatoes, carrots, onions

Potatoes Growing in Used Tires

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This year we decide to experiment with potatoes. We had a surplus of seed potatoes and a number of sued tires on site, so we put them together to create tater towers. I checked on them the other day and they are doing fine, even though we were a bit late in the planting. Our plan is to give away the potatoes, on Saturday food swap days in the community garden.


Local Produce: A Small Sample

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The Soil Daily, August 18, 2014

"- In her book The Soil Will Save Us, writer Kristin Ohlson interviews farmers, soil scientists, and agronomists and concludes that the low-cost, low-tech solution to climate change..."



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Growing Great Onions

Growing Onions: Planting Onion sets Ph: Onions, pickled 3.70 - 4.60 Onions, red 5.30 - 5.80 Onion white 5.37 - 5.85 Onions, yellow 5.32 - 5.60 The most effective way to grow onions is to plant onion sets. An onion set is a small bulb, to 1 inch in diameter. Onion sets are produced under conditions that rapidly produce a small bulb which, when planted, will grow a larger bulb. You can buy onion sets at the local plant centre. Onions can handle some frost and, in general, do not mind the cool and wet weather of spring. They prefer a soil that is rich and that drains well. You can plant onion sets from two to four weeks before the last frost. Buy bulbs that are less than ¾ inches (19 mm) in diameter. Space the onion sets approximately 4-6" (10-15 cm) apart, depending on the size of the mature bulb. Make sure that you gently press the bulbs into the soil about an inch (2.5 cm) deep and make sure to plant them so that their pointed tips just break the surface.

Kale, Campbellton Community Garden

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Next week's article in the Tribune will feature kale growing tips.


The Soil Daily: August 15, 2014

"University of Oregon-led analysis in prairies of the Pacific Northwest could be a roadmap for the conservation of native plants facing stresses from projected climate adjustments"  More on The Soil Daily

Cucumber on Trellis

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The trellis is part of the fence that once surrounded the garden.




Gladiolus

Gladiolus add colour, texture and shape to your garden bed, I suggest you plant them in group so five or more for the maximum effect. Full sunlight is a must, and even though the corm may grow and bloom is some shade you will get the maximum return when the plant gets full sun. Full sun also means that the glad will have the opportunity to store more sunlight and this will enhance the following year’s bloom, if you plant to keep them. The soil needs to be well-drained soil and if this is not possible in your location then you may want to consider raised beds or containers. I have grown glads very successfully on my balcony in containers. Be sure to loosen the soil to a depth of ten or 12 inches, regardless of your planting choice. If you want new blooms through the summer months, you can begin planting after the long weekend in May and continue to do so until the middle of June For the best success, select corms that are relatively tall and plump, and shaped somewhat like a chocolate…

The Home Vegetable Garden News: August 09-2014

"It’s dark. You are surrounded by giant flesh eating amoebas. You can’t move very fast…. Welcome to the world of the bacteria, the smallest but most abundant member of the soil food web. : More here



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2014 CALL TO ACTION FOR SEED, FOOD AND EARTH DEMOCRACY | Seed Freedom

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" Conventional agriculture destroys our soils, pollutes our water and is a major contributor to climate change. What if our agricultural practices could stabilize, or even reverse these trends?"

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Kale, beets, peas, runner beans @Campbellton Community Garden

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Home | Symphony of the SoilSymphony of the Soil | Symphony of the Soil is a documentary film about the importance of soil.

Les jardins de Flo

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Best Vegetables for the First Time Organic Gardener

The five top crops for the home vegetable organic garden are and this is not in order of importance: leaf lettuces, radishes, snow peas, tomatoes and cucumbers. The snow peas, cucumbers and tomatoes can all be grown vertically in containers if your space is limited or if you simply do not want to bend over to tend them. Leaf lettuce is a lettuce with an open growth habit, which forms loose clusters of leaves rather than a tight head of lettuce, red leaf lettuce is an example. Leaf lettuces reach maturity before other lettuces and are ideal for the short season garden. I like growing several plants that are early producers, because where I live the winter is long and begins in the fall and drags into spring so having something fresh from my own garden as soon as possible is most welcome. This is why I also grow radishes. Radishes can reach maturity in 28 days. This means I have something that I grew something fresh and healthy quite early in the growing season. Snow peas are great in …

The Soil Daily: August 5, 2014

"Where is soil pollution at its worse, what pollutants are being found and what are the health impacts? : Read more in the



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The Soil Daily: August 4, 2014

"THE PLANET’s soils are being degraded and lost at an alarming rate as a result of agricultural over-production, poor management, loss of biodiversity and fertility and most worryingly the impacts..." Read more at


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Zucchini at High School Garden

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The Soil Daily August 2, 2014

"Soil erosion is the movement of soil by wind or water, and it's through erosion that soil is "lost."

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At The PRP Garden

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