Terrariums are all the craze now a days, and what better way than to express our personal stories through a small plant community! Today with St.John Ambulance, we made terrariums that spoke to each of the artists and are selling them at tomorrow's flea market at Collingwood Park (10-4pm) to raise money for senior's programs! So come check out each cool terrarium, read everyone's stories, and come out to chat! Enjoy the pictures!
Friday, August 9, 2013
Thursday, August 1, 2013
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Saturday, July 27, 2013
The strawberry, or old Anglo-Saxon word “streowberie”, could have been named as a result of the old practice of laying straw around cultivated plants to keep the fruit off the ground, or as a way to describe how the plants are ‘strewn’ across the ground. Either way, this delicious berry is native to Canada and its native varieties produce small but flavourful berries.
To maximize berry production, strawberries prefer well drained soil that is high in organic matter. If your soil is heavy and clay like, you will want to till the soil and incorporate organic matter. Strawberries also prefer an area that receives full sun and a soil pH around 6-6.5.
There are 3 types of strawberries to be aware of:
June-bearing: Produce one crop per year around June or July
Everbearers: Produce two crops, on in June/July, and the other in the fall
Day-neutrals: Produce fruits continuously through the growing season
*Crop size and yield on everbearers and day-neutrals tend to be lower than june bearers.
Strawberries are considered herbaceous perennials and generally live up to 4-5 years. For pest control reasons, it is best to move your strawberry patch every 4 years and ensure that the same area doesn't have strawberries for at least 4 years. As with many fruit bearing plants, it is best to remove all blossoms in the first year of planting (get rid of all potential fruit) in order to focus the plant’s energy on root growth and development. In this way, you will get a stronger plant that will produce higher yields. Everbearers and day-neutrals should have their blossoms taken off in the first harvest season.
Because strawberries reproduce by sending out runners, it is best to leave rows about 5 to 6 feet apart. This will allow the runners to fill in the space and keep your strawberry patch vigorous and productive.
As a result of a shallow root system, mulch and watering are crucial for the summer, when roots need to be hydrated.
A complete organic fertilizer can be applied in the spring to promote berry growth. About 1.5 pounds per 10 foot row.
- Although mostly enjoyed fresh, strawberry leaf tea can also be made and used as a vitamin C supplement.
- Large amounts of strawberry fruit in the diet is said to slow dental plaque formation.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Originating from Russia, the honeyberry is a member of the honeysuckle family and produces blueberry-like berries. With a flavor close to a raspberry/blackberry and bell shaped fruit, the honeyberry is packed with more antioxidants than the blueberry. Due to its ability to withstand cold winters, grow in a variety of soils, and produce around 10 lbs of fruit a year, the honeyberry is gaining popularity in North America.
Honeyberries are perennial plants that grow in most soils and can tolerate a wide range of pH levels (4.5-8.5). Fairly easy to grow and maintain, any gardener should keep in mind that this plant will grow to 5-7 feet tall and wide, so ensuring enough space for honeyberries to grow is crucial.
As with many fruit bearing shrubs, a mulch around the shrub will keep the soil moist and add organic matter to the soil. Compost, organic matter, and organic fertilizers can be added if needed. Organic matter can be incorporated in the spring to help with root and fruit development, but in most cases, there should be enough nutrients to sustain honeyberry plants.
Pollination is a crucial part in getting fruit from your honeyberry bush. Honeyberries need a different variety of honeyberry that blooms in the same time frame in order to produce fruit. As a result, make sure you have room for at least 2 shrubs!
Diseases and Pests:
Very disease and insect resistant. A common pest that may become a problem are birds.
If you have a fruit/vegetable/herb that you would like to learn how to grow, email firstname.lastname@example.org and you may see it in upcoming "Plant of the Week" posts!
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Today at the rooftop garden, we learnt about indoor gardening and decided to make trendy terrariums! Terrariums give you the opportunity to design whatever your imagination can think of and becomes an extension of your style. A way to express yourself, a way to create your own world; terrariums are a great way to add plants to the office or house.