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Creeping Bellflower, Campanula rapunculoides
July 4, 2013 2 Comments

Campanula: a weed or a green?

You may recognize this native Eurasian plant Campanula rapunculoides (a.k.a. Creeping Bellflower) as an invasive weed in your Winnipeg garden (or even your whole neighborhood). This is different than Campanula rotundifolia and other much less invasive varieties of Campanula (a.k.a. bluebells, harebells). Hand weeding Companula rapunculoides is difficult due to its dense and abundant roots and shoots. Any small roots left behind after weeding will spring back up within a couple weeks, and begin spreading again throughout your garden.

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June 3, 2013 No Comments

“Mixed Greens” Article in Winnipeg Free Press

Edible gardens feast for eyes and mouths

by Mark Klassen from Urban Eatin’
Updated: June 1, 2013 from the Winnipeg Free Press

Many of us in the urban environment would love to be able to provide more food for ourselves, our families and our communities, safely assured the seed saved from our own food plants will produce in future years, that our soil is free of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and that our compostable waste aids the sustainable cycle of soil health.

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Our Common Roots film
May 24, 2013 No Comments

Our Common Roots: A film on the Healing Power of Herbs (including many you could grow in your garden)

We may be able to grow beautiful gardens in our yards, and even produce gardens that fill our dinner tables, but can we identify which plants strengthen our immune system or combat an illness? Or which plants have been held as sacred with the indigenous people’s of the area? Learning about the medicinal aspects of the plants we grow in our gardens has never been easier than watching the film “Our Common Roots”. With a fellow local Winnipeg herbalist and film-maker, we hope you can help support this project and share it with your friends — gardens are more than a beautiful use of your yard, or even an indulgence of flavour and taste — they can strengthen our mind, body and soul and help generations balance the dis-order and dis-ease that continually challenge our health.

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July 4, 2012 No Comments

Native Prairie Seed Bombs at Folk Fest

This weekend at The Winnipeg Folk Festitval, join Urban Eatin’ Gardeners Worker Co-op in an adventurous project of Guerrilla Gardening. Our goal is to have you create and bring home a native prairie seed bomb, made from the finest materials.

What is a seed bomb?

Well, we’re glad you asked. These small balls of clay, compost, straw, and seeds will allow you, the explorative gardener, to garden in those hard-to-reach areas, spreading the biodiverse flora of Manitoba to otherwise abandoned lots, fenced in compounds, or any place that you would love to see a bit more colour and life. In keeping to this year’s theme of the indigenous life of Birds Hill Park, all seeds selected have been amazingly donated by the Living Prairie Museum and are species found growing happily amongst the meadows of the Folk Fest site!

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May 3, 2012 No Comments

Learn about the Soil Food Web at the Harvest Moon Learning Centre

Making More With Microbes taught by Doug Weatherbee, The Soil Doctor

WHERE: Harvest Moon Learning Centre in Clearwater, Manitoba

WHEN: June 23-25  (three full days – cull curriculum at bottom of page)

COST: $480 (includes healthy meals, readings package, instruction, camping space and use of Harvest Moon Learning Centre facilities – showers, classrooms, hang-out space, kitchen, gardens, etc.

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The Ornamental Edible Garden — Mixing Vegetables, Herbs and Fruits Into a Potager Garden

(from Canadian Gardening magazine)

Blend your fruits, vegetables and herbs with the flowers in your garden to create a potager.

Potage: French for soup. Potager: a garden where soup ingredients—and then some—are grown. Since medieval times, French villagers and country folk have intermingled vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers in their gardens. It’s a style that’s presently enjoying a revival. A recent survey showed that almost one-quarter of the fruit and vegetables eaten by the French are grown in home gardens—not in long rows on broad tracts of land, but in manageable beds tucked into yards that also contain perennials, shrubs, vines, roses and all.

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