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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

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


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

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

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.

Courtesy: www.DonnaBalzer.com

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

Hop Over to Hop Compost this Friday

Kevin Davies created Canada’s first inner-city compost facility, Hop Compost and pioneered a closed loop around it.

Since launching in February 2015, Hop has saved over 3 million pounds of food waste from landfill, and crafted the most nutrient-rich compost in Canada to boost organic crop yields.

We are delighted that Kevin is one of Grow Food Calgary’s experts.

The first “secret” to growing food is feeding your soil.

Soil is where the the mineral are. Healthy soil is full of microbes, bacteria and other critters that feed your plants. A well-fed plant is full of nutrition.

A lettuce head grown in healthy soil has infinitely more benefit to your body than a head grown in dirt, void of life, sprayed with a variety of chemicals, and trucked thousands of kilometres to your refrigerator.

It’s all about the soil. And the best way to amend soil is with compost.

Kevin is hosting a small tour of the Hop Compost facility this Friday, March 10 at 6PM. We have three or four spaces left and we invite you to join us.

Address: 4243 17a St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 3X1

To reserve your space on the Hop Compost tour, contact Chelsie Anderson.

Can’t make the tour? Join us at Grow Food Calgary where you’ll learn how to feed your soil so it can feed your plants, so the plants can feed you. www.GrowFoodCalgary.com.