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Volunteer Squash

Chelsie Anderson, Garden Expert

It is hard to compost seeds, and me, being an impatient composter, I tend to spread my compost before it is totally finished.

As a result I get some volunteer veggies every year.

This year it was primarily squash and tomatoes.

Baby squash
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While I generally weed out most of these babies, I left the squash as they were filling a bare spot in garden and there was mulch covering the soil (perfect to keep squash from rotting!)

Almost ready to eat squash
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They grew better than any of the plants I deliberately seeded.

Did you have any volunteers in your garden this year?

Tell us your stories.

 

Volunteer Squash
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Tickets for the next session of Grow Food Calgary are now available.

Malika’s Mushrooms

 

Malika

Our guest speaker at the September 2017 Grow Food Calgary session is Malika Hamel.

Malika runs a start-up business that is called Malika’s Mushrooms.

Malika obtained her masters degree in chemical engineering from the University of Algeria and has more than ten years of experience working on her family mushroom farm .

When Malika moved to Canada she was searching for a job. She decided to go back to what she knows: growing mushrooms.

Malika Hamel wins Venture Quest for her mushroom growing business.

Malika was the  winner of Venture Quest at Bow Valley College in 2015 for the best business idea.

We are pleased to have Malika teach us how easily we can grow our own mushrooms.

Currently she is involved in growing mushrooms. She sells mushroom kits and spawn and she will have these available for purchase at our next Grow Food Calgary event.

Register today!

 

Raspberry Trouble – I am not alone with bad raspberries this year

From Donna Balzer’s website: www.DonnaBalzer.com

by | Aug 2, 2017 | Food, GARDENING, VIDEOS | 0 comments

George is off his game. He used to water, weed, pick and share his juicy raspberries and all the neighbors looked forward to his harvest. Well that was last year.

I knew George wasn’t feeling well so I offered to pick berries for him. I was thinking, rather confidently, I can bring a ray of light into his life.

Raspberries
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Instead of being helpful, I was crushed. Like George, his plants are old and weak. We’ve had a dry summer, his berries are growing in full sun, and they are not being watered. They are  shorter than normal. They are also full of grass and producing only a very few small fruit. It reminds me how fast a great garden dwindles if the owner can’t offer the care a crop wants and needs. Gardens fade fast.

Raspberries from High Level, Alberta to Qualicum Beach, British Columbia are suffering. On my #CBC radio show (Alberta at Noon, July 28th) I had calls about distressed raspberries, the queen of the summer fruit garden. When I visited my son in Smithers in July I saw his plants were also doing poorly.  When I got home I saw my berries were no better.  If you love raspberries and want even more fruit then do as I say, not as I do!

Read Donna’s entire blog here

What Chelsie Learned in her Garden

Chelsie Anderson, Garden Expert

This year in my garden, I learned the power of Azomite- ground rock dust that adds minerals.

 

 

 

In my test patch the carrots and onions grew double the size in the same time period as they did in the non-azomite patch.

In the pictures the control group vegetables are on the left and the Azomite veggies are on the right.

I will be speaking about this in the next session of Grow Food Calgary, which takes place on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Wildwood Community Hall.

The second thing I learned is to label things well.  The baby watermelon plant that a friend gave to me turned out to be a pumpkin! (3 pics of the mystery squash growing, including the flower)

Mystery Flower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The amazing “Water-Pumpkin”!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grow Food Calgary tickets

 

In the Garden, I Learned:

Chelsie Anderson, Garden Expert

#1- I learnt the power of Azomite- ground rock dust that adds minerals. In my test patch the carrots and onions grew double the size in the same time period as they did in the non-azomite patch (I will speak to this more on the September 23).


#2- I learnt to label things well:  the baby watermelon plant that a friend gave to me turned out to be a pumpkin! (See pics of the mystery squash growing, including the flower.)

Mystery Flower

The amazing “Water-Pumpkin”!