Ask any local gardener and they will tell you how important water is for success. Water use in Edmonton tends to change with the seasons and we use more in summer for a whole lot of reasons, including to keep our yards looking good. Lawn grass that is stressed by intense heat and drought can … Continue reading Rain Barrels of Gardening Fun
I beg your pardon, did I hear you say rain garden? When we spend so much of the year covered in snow, we look forward to sunshine, not rain. But as the climate changes, Edmonton’s summers will become prone to more intense--albeit infrequent--rain showers. More accurately, we might call these events rainstorms. When rain falls … Continue reading Did I Hear… Rain Garden?
I was pushing my face up against the window, trying to get a better line of sight as torrential rain streamed down the other side of the pane. My home had fallen dead quiet, save for the rolling, black clouds overhead. My daughter took my hand and my husband whispered: “It’s okay. I’m sure it’ll … Continue reading Gardening Guide for the Unqualified
When we walk outside, we expect to breathe clean, fresh air. Yet, it can be difficult to escape pollution created by vehicular traffic: people going from place to place, trucks delivering supplies for us to purchase. Would the air suddenly become cleaner if we made fewer trips by car? During Covid-19, scientists reported drops in … Continue reading Gardening for Clean Air
Most of us are too young to remember a “Victory Garden” but a phone conversation with an elderly relative might shed some light. Otherwise, a quick search on the Internet will reveal all. People just like you and I were encouraged to plant a victory garden during the first and second World Wars, at a … Continue reading Gardening Our Way Through
There are many sources for seeds. The obvious sources are from your local garden center. In Edmonton, Apache Seeds is an excellent location with expertise around what to grow, when, and how to care for it. Alternatively, connecting with your friends and neighbours who are gardeners is a good option. With their permission you can … Continue reading Harvesting Seeds from Store-Bought Produce
It’s possible to grow vegetables just about anywhere, as long as you have soil, sun and water. Gone are the days when you need to confine your vegetable pots or in-ground garden or raised beds or garden boxes to the back yard. If your front or side yard or balcony is ideal for a garden, … Continue reading Front Yard Gardens: Legal in Edmonton!
The Edmonton Food Council is happy to announce it has published its 2019 Annual Report, which was reviewed and approved by City Council's Executive Committee. Whether you heard about our recommendations to council about Urban Hens, or attended our 2019 Un-Conference. Our Annual Report may be something you would find of interest. Click here to … Continue reading 2019 Annual Report Approved by Executive Committee
The Edmonton Food Council is creating a Food Hub Advisory Subcommittee. This group will put together a series of recommendations on how to make a food hub a reality for Edmonton. We are seeking members of the local food community to sit on this group, bringing their expertise and insights to this initiative. This group’s recommendations will be shared with Edmonton’s City Council in early 2020.
Edmonton Food Council has been working on researching and providing a recommendation for a new urban hens policy for Edmonton. We now provide a summary of this urban hens work.