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Transition Cornwall+ plans to get us more active and in the planting mood

The summer months almost here, Transition Cornwall+ made two different presentations to council on Monday about its plans for the warm weather this year.

The group’s biggest initiative will be the Walk and Roll campaign to get people to cut back on driving in favour of human-powered forms of transportation such as walking, cycling or skateboarding, or using public transit. This year’s campaign will expanded from being just week-long to running through the entire month of June.

The second annual initiative Cornwall Transition+ is working on is the Incredible Edible Plant Festival which will be returning in front of the Justice Building on Pitt Street on May 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“This will be our sixth Incredible Edible event and we are very, very proud of that,” said Bill Carriere, event organizer.

Read Transition Cornwall+ plans to get us more active and in the planting mood by Alan S. Hale at the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder.

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May 16, 2018 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

Incredible Edible: Yorkshire town’s food-growing scheme takes root worldwide

When two women began turning disused verges in the former mill town of Todmorden into free food plots, little did they realise they would inspire a global movement of growers.

It’s a simple idea: take over unused or unattractive bits of public land to plant food to feed the community. What is not so simple is where they’re doing it. Todmorden is an old mill town in Yorkshire’s Calderdale valley. It rains a lot, there’s not a lot of sun, and it has experienced major flooding in recent years. But still, the town’s residents continue to grow fruit and vegetables as best they can for locals to pick and eat.

The Toddies didn’t set out to start a food-growing revolution, they wanted to bring their small town together at a difficult time for communities throughout the UK. “Ten years ago it was the beginning of the worldwide economic decline, there was a lot of worry about climate change, but nothing was really happening,” says Mary Clear, chair of IET. “And in this town we were starting to see the squeeze on public services – there was more litter – and we thought, how can we do something that will create stronger communities?”

Read Incredible Edible: Yorkshire town’s food-growing scheme takes root worldwide by Naomi Larsson at The Guardian.

May 9, 2018 at 10:37 am Leave a comment

Choosing the Best Container Gardening Vegetables

Growing Green Beans (‘Jade’) in a Window Box

Selecting the right container gardening vegetables is one key to a successful balcony farm. If you choose the right vegetables for container gardening, you’ll have far fewer problems, and bigger and better yields.

A vegetable container garden has limited space, so you’ll want to focus first on the vegetables you like the most. Make a list.

You’ll also want to grow vegetables that give you a continuous harvest, like green, leafy vegetables that allow you to pick a few leaves as needed, or vegetables that kick out a few ripe fruit a week, like tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, eggplants, and peppers.

Fast-growing vegetables like radishes, beets, and turnips are also good choices for container gardens.

Read Choosing the Best Container Gardening Vegetables at Grow-it-Organically.com

May 7, 2018 at 11:06 am Leave a comment

Don’t Just Plant, Plan!

Not unlike a well-organized closet or a well-designed kitchen, a well-planned food plot is an inviting respite from your daily grind. Before you get caught up in a frenzy of spring planting, step back, take stock and spend a weekend charting a course for the growing season and laying the groundwork for a successful garden

Read Don’t Just Plant, Plan! by Brian Barth at Modern Farmer.

April 25, 2018 at 10:28 am Leave a comment

Edible-garden strategy planted by Cornwall city council

Coun. Carilyne Hebert successfully got city council to begin laying the groundwork for an edible landscape strategy for Cornwall during its meeting on March 26.

Getting the city to start planting and harvesting edible plants in its various public gardens, flower beds and green spaces has been Hebert’s pet issue on council for the past couple of months. The councillor appears to be angling to make the creation of an edible planting strategy for Cornwall the legacy of her time on council, as she is apparently not sure if she will run for re-election.

Read Edible-garden strategy planted by Cornwall city council by Alan S. Hale at the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder.

April 4, 2018 at 10:01 am Leave a comment

When to Start Seeds Calculator

https://i2.wp.com/awaytogarden.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/ad-seedcalc500.gif?ssl=1Need help remembering when it’s safe and smart to start your first spring sowings of vegetable, flower and herb seeds indoors and out? THIS TOOL helps calculate when. Begin by entering your final spring frost date on the top right of the chart.

Eastern Ontario Hardiness Zone Map

For most of the area in and around Ottawa, the stated frost free date is between May 2 and May 31.   In recent years the frost free date has been advancing towards the first of May from the traditional May 24th date used in the past. Check to see when the last frost date is for your zone.  Presently, the last average frost date for Ottawa is May 11th.  This can vary greatly.  If you are a conservative gardener and not a gambler move this date ahead to at least May 20.

 

February 21, 2018 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

Seed Starting: Easy Setups for Home Gardeners

Glean creative ideas for real-world seed-starting setups, from soil blockers to mini-greenhouses, so you can grow your own vegetable seedlings at home this spring.

Read Seed Starting: Easy Setups for Home Gardeners edited by Shelley Stonebrook at Mother Earth News.

January 22, 2018 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

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