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Mandala Garden; Campbellton Community Garden

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African Violets; Photo

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Sunflower Beginning

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Attracting Butterflies to The Garden

It is not all that difficult to attract butterflies to your garden and have them set up house. There are two things that butterflies are seeking: one is nectar, the food that adult butterflies need, and the other, host plants, the place where the female will lay her eggs and the food that caterpillars need. Both are necessary to create a successful butterfly garden. It does take some thought and a bit of planning but then so does any successful garden. You need to know which butterflies are native to your region. You need to know what they like to eat and where they sleep, in short, you need to know butterfly habitats and habits. Your public library or nature society can be a very useful source of this information. Let's start with a look at the butterfly. Adult butterflies and moths have mouthparts that are shaped into a long, coiled tube. Butterflies feed on liquids (nectar) and they get all their food through this tube. Their offspring or larvae, on the other hand, have chewing mout…

A Community Garden

First, this is the tomato we are growing and saving seeds: Chalk's Early Jewel. 

Second, in the Campbellton Tribune, on Friday April 15, the first of two articles on soil.

Third, over the years, I have had a plot in several community gardens, all were different, yet all had much in common. I believe the community garden can transform a vacant plot of land, whether it is asphalt covered or bare soil into a thriving oasis. The oasis does more than enable people to grow some food, fruit, herbs and flowers for themselves, it also grows hope as it builds community. 

A community garden can be the foundation upon which a neighbourhood develops local resilience and begins the creation of a strong and viable local economy. Stay connected to read how this I possible and as always your comments and questions are welcomed.


This Year's Garden

Winter is hanging on, a cold wind is blowing and the snow is melting, slowly. However, gardening season is coming. Well, I feel it is always gardening season but the actual get out and get dirty, the best aprt, is on its way.

The Campbellton Community garden will add three new beds. One is a heritage garden. Vegetables that would have been grown in this region or similar climes or their closest living relatives, will be plants. The purpose is twofold, to save the seeds for future gardens and to savout the foods, our ancestorscared for and consumed.

Seed saving is at the forefront of this year's gardening endeavours. The Inspire Coop has received tomato seeds from Seeds of Diversity. We will be planting a minimum of 20 tomato plants ( more on the variety, next post) and saving the seeds. We will also snack on a few.

A third garden bed, the mandala garden, will be planted with seeds borrowed from the Seed Library. The Seed Library is a partnership project with the Campbellton Centennia…