Urban agriculture for a greener future

Wikipedia defines Urban agriculture as the practice of cultivating, processing, and distributing food in or around a village, town, or city. Urban agriculture can also involve animal husbandry, aquaculture, agroforestry, Urban beekeeping, and horticulture. More people are now living and working in urban centres, making the opportunity for growing food and raising small livestock, such as chickens and rabbits, becoming more common. It’s also exciting! There are so many ways we can incorporate food gardens as part our daily lives, and more and more, many of us are taking that option. Pots, vertical structures, fences, and overall designs can give a urban garden a unique and beautiful look. Using sustainable solutions and lots of creativity, urban farming is a good food solution for the city dwellers and is a big part of increasing a community food system. Urban agriculture has many benefits and is definitely a strategy for a future greening of the planet. Benefits of range from eating healthier, saving fuel, reducing pollution, decreasing transportation of food, greening of city spaces like parks, planting in front yards, schoolyards, rooftops, balconies, connect with the local community and the Earth itself.  Farming in urban centres is definitely a way to address climate change. On the economic side, farmers market are on the rise, youth are registering for courses and apprenticeships. Architects, Engineers and urban planners are now including food gardens in their designs for building sustainable neighbourhoods. The potential for training and education is huge, since urban agriculture is becoming an expected way of life for many people. Urban agriculture is an example of a modern victory garden. More info about...

Planting seeds basics

 Growing your own food is pure satisfaction for fresher, tastier and enjoyable dining. One of the ways to grow your own foods is to plant seeds and a little organization can help to make it fun and easier to maximize the planting seed experience.  Feel free to share your tips. Here some tips: I washed the trays in soap and water and rinse well, a few day before starting to plant the seeds. Other suggestions can be found here Create a space for the planting, I used a table with some plastic for easy cleaning up; Materials and supplies ready for planting- trays, seeds, labelling sticks, permanent marker, soil mixture, water, and cleanup cloths; Read the instructions on the seed packages before planting, as each variety have different needs; Depending on the amount of seeds, schedule a couple of hours for planting. How deep and how far   The general rule for planting is one and half times the width of the seeds  It is better to plant more than less. When planting in trays, I usually put more than one seed in the compartment, especially if they are my own seeds saved from the previous year. If it’s in the ground (after the last frost in Ontario), I tend to plant them a little closer together than the recommended distance, so if all of the seeds don’t sprout, there is enough plants to thin out to easily fill in the bare spots. The victory garden is about self sufficiency and doing it yourself. Start growing your own food, you’ll love...

Food Garden stories

When it comes to gardening, there is so much to learn from each other.  One example I learn over the years, the companion gardening technique of planting garlic around rose bushes.  I love garlic in my food and I use rose for tea, decoration and potpouri.  This technique reduced the aphids while increasing the blossoms of roses.  I also used wood chips and pots of chives. One aspect that is helpful is to tell us where you are growing and how you are using your harvests. When we share with each other we learn from a magniificent oasis of wisdom, while making connections to real people who have learnt through doing and care enough to let others use their experiences, that’s building community. Sharing gardening stories inspires and helps others who are also passionate about growing their own fruits and vegetables.   Topics such as: – planting techniques –  saving water – types of containers – support frames, – pollinators & bugs – equipment – materials – saving seeds – pruning – organic & natural growing techniques – traditional...