Growing food in pots & containers

Food gardens of any size can be part of a aesthetically pleasing design.  The traditional approach of a victory garden is to grow what you can maintain, which also take your time in consideration.  A modern victory garden is about how we experience the growing and nurturing from seeding to harvesting. Using pots and  lots of different types of containers can really beautify your victory garden.  Different pots and containers with different plants can give a garden a look of simple abundance.  A victory garden is all about garden design that fit your lifestyle and customize a look for you while enabling you to grow food.  Here are some ideas for growing edible herbs, in decorative vases and large flowerpots.   Some reasons to consider pots and other containers: 1) You can place them in bare spots and move them around as the garden become more lush; 2) The containers can add interest; 3) Designing the look of a container is manageable; 4) Can be elevated with a stand or wall for easier maintenance; and 5) Grouped together to create a beautiful effect Using containers for gardening is flexible and convenient, alllowing you to use different types of containers, large and small, old and vintage, wooden and metal.  Containers can help you learn and beautify you home victory...

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...

Windfields Community & Teaching Gardens

A Community of allotment gardeners Growing your own food contributes to living healthier and greening the planet. In 2009, FBSC initiated its food program with an enthusiastic approach, inviting the community to grow their own food and taste the difference of freshly harvested vegetables.  After the initial excitement, it became quite evident that basic horticulture skills needed to be enhanced, or introduced.  This lead us to offer educational events, such as a inviting gardeners to talk about their own experiences, and experts to give guidance for growing.  One very successful event was the Vintage Tea Party, where guests had to go and gather herbs from the Tea Garden (one of the plots in the Teaching Garden) and make their own tea.  Tea herbs ranged from 10 types of mints to a potted Jasmine.  The follow up  was to get more information about the herb, to start the process of  sharing information and experiences, while enjoying the harvest together. Below, are the 2009 pictures from field to fork.  These are the pictures of Windfields Community Gardens, a 10 acre parcel included approximately 5 acres used for community gardeners and 5 acres for the Teaching Gardens.  There were 37 community garden plots and 20 teaching garden plots.  Initially, the produce was donated to Simcoe Settlement House, and later to newly formed Regional Food Bank, Feed the Need for greater distribution throughout the all communities!  Every year we donate more than 1600 pounds fresh vegetables to the local food bank, the Royal Canadian Legion and places of faith involved in feeding the hungry. Our philosophy is to encourage local residents to come and learn how...