Month: September 2020

Deadly Dinners

Our mission at Halton Food is to encourage everyone to eat fresh, nutritious, organic fruits and vegetables that have been home grown or grown locally. That being said, it is important to realize that not everything grown in your garden is safe to eat. Not all parts of a vegetable are edible, and not all vegetables are safe to consume raw. We invited Master Gardener …

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Cover Crops

Years of seasonal vegetable gardening can take a toll on your soil. Heavy feeders like tomatoes, peppers and corn, rob the soil of valuable nutrients that support the soil biota. Infertile soil leads to an increase in plant diseases, soil erosion, weeds and a host of other issues. It is not sustainable to repeatedly remove nutrients from the soil, input is needed too. If you find your …

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Water Conservation in the Garden

Living within a stone’s throw of Lake Ontario, it seems absurd to think about conserving water. Over 250,000 freshwater lakes, about one-fifth of the world’s fresh water supply, can be found in this province, so why can’t we water our gardens and lawns whenever we feel like it?   The following blog will give insight into why we shouldn’t waste our most precious resource and examples of ways we can help reduce our water …

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The Many Uses of Pumpkins

Pumpkins are in season! As we begin to move into the cooler, autumn months we begin to see pumpkins all around us. There are so many different ways we can use pumpkins in our gardens and around our homes. The following are some ways you can use pumpkins this season!  Harvest Pumpkin Seeds – Pumpkin seeds can be easily harvested and saved for the next season. Be sure to save …

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Five Rainy Day Gardening Ideas

As gardeners we can often find ourselves stuck inside during a rainy day in the summer. But what gardening tasks can we still do on those rainy days? The following are five indoor rainy day gardening ideas.  No 1. Reading Gardening Books and Blogs – Rainy days are a perfect time to read a new gardening book or catch up on your favourite gardening blog. Reading gardening books and blogs will keep you …

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Halton Food Volunteer Spotlight: Micheline Wheeler

The following is an interview with Micheline W. Micheline is a garden champion at one of the community garden sites in Oakville. She is passionate about reducing food waste and food insecurity in her community. Read her story below for a few easy tips and tricks to reduce food waste in your home.  What food waste tips would you like to …

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Let’s Learn About Horticultural Therapy

By guest contributor Morghan Brett, BAH, HT, MEd candidate (she/her) Morghan is currently a Peer Assistant with Summit Housing and Outreach Programs (SHOP) working with the Health and Wellness team to facilitate virtual recreational groups. Through this role, she collaborates with Helen Stephenson, from Halton Food, to maintain a SHOP community garden. Morghan received her undergraduate degree from Queen’s University in Psychology …

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The Benefits of Gardening

Every year gardeners get excited as the snow begins to melt, and the outdoor temperatures become more suitable for planting. Gardening provides accessible, nutritious, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Aside from these already incredible perks, gardening has many additional benefits for the individual, community, and environment. The following are the top ten added benefits of gardening this summer.   To accompany this blog post we invite you to watch this IGTV …

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