Community Gardens

How to Save Your Back: The Benefits of a No-Till Garden

When starting a new garden, or to start the new gardening season, home gardeners have been known to rev up the rototiller and hack away mercilessly at the ground in an effort to break up compacted soil, eliminate weeds and sod and improve aeration. New research suggests this may not be the best choice to prepare a new bed; in …

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The Importance of Canoe Gardens in our Communities

I attended a canoe garden installation in Burlington held by Halton Environmental Network, Reach Out Center For Kids (ROCK) and Arthouse Halton. If you’re wondering what exactly a canoe garden is, it’s just like it sounds, a garden planted in a canoe.   The point of a canoe garden is to fill it with native plant species that have co-evolved with our native pollinators for thousands of years. These plants will create a habitat specific to our local pollinators and animals. As …

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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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Halton Food Volunteer Spotlight: Beth Martin

The following is an interview with Halton Food Volunteer, Beth Martin.   To begin, describe the ways that you are involved in your local community.  Oh gosh, I hope you’re ready for a novel here. I’ve always been active in the community – through community gardens and volunteering. I first encountered Halton Food when I was working with a friend earlier in the …

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