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[Winnipeggers] There’s a pop-up community garden happening in the Exchange!

My heart is pretty joy-filled lately, but this just brings it to a new level.

The Winnipeg Arts Council is putting on the Creative Placemaking Challenge where selected applicants are creating temporary installations in the Exchange District.

Some awesome people came up with an idea that I am definitely going to be part of - Your Garden: A Pop-Up Community Garden in the Alleys of the Exchange.  

Your Garden is a pop-up community garden that aims to show the potential for fresh and affordable produce in the downtown by creating an edible garden that is open to all. It will appear in an alley of the Exchange District on August 15th as part of the Creative Placemaking Challenge. (Your Garden - Facebook page)

Last year, Les and I got a chance to check out an urban gardening project setup in the downtown Montreal and I’m so happy that someone in Winnipeg is spearheading something similar.

Ch-ch-ch-changes?

Freshly picked herbs are wonderful - Lemon thyme, savoury, and rosemary herb bunch for our chicken dinner.

Freshly picked herbs are wonderful - Lemon thyme, savoury, and rosemary herb bunch for our chicken dinner.

How do you keep your aphids at bay?

Lenore Street Garden
Lenore Street Garden answered:

Ladybugs are my favourite for controlling aphids.  One of the plant shops I go to sells them, so I usually get a bag of 500 and release them on the plants over the course of a week or so.  It’s like a beautiful polka-dotted feast.

If the problem is really bad, try a litre or so of water, a couple drops of dish soap, and a teaspoon (ish) of olive oil.  Put the mixture in a spray bottle and spray the entire plant especially under the leaves.  It’s a little more time consuming, but definitely does the trick.

There comes a time every summer when I threaten to punch an animal or insect in the teeth.  That time is now.
I noticed my habanero plant had a ton of ants and aphids on it. I thought the ants were eating the aphids and cheered them on as I have done in the past with insects such as wasps and ladybugs.
Yesterday, the situation seemed out of control - enter google search ‘there are a ton of ants and aphids in my garden’ which eventually led to an article about how the ants have started an illegal drug farm on my pepper plant and are breeding the aphids for their delicious nectar.
Typical.

There comes a time every summer when I threaten to punch an animal or insect in the teeth.  That time is now.

I noticed my habanero plant had a ton of ants and aphids on it. I thought the ants were eating the aphids and cheered them on as I have done in the past with insects such as wasps and ladybugs.

Yesterday, the situation seemed out of control - enter google search ‘there are a ton of ants and aphids in my garden’ which eventually led to an article about how the ants have started an illegal drug farm on my pepper plant and are breeding the aphids for their delicious nectar.

Typical.

For some reason I thought melons grew more like a squash plant.  The moon and stars have officially taken over the herb section.  

For some reason I thought melons grew more like a squash plant.  The moon and stars have officially taken over the herb section.  

Soon we will eat our efforts and it will fill our bellies with more than food.