Tag: Gardening

  • School Urban Agriculture Supports Local Food

    School Urban Agriculture Supports Local Food

    Growing Food in Schools To Kickstart Urban Agriculture One of the best ways to kickstart a local movement is to provide early access to training. I saw this firsthand when culinary teacher and Pastry Chef Kelly Hobbs’ culinary students won more than 28 awards between 2009 and 2017. After graduation, a sizable number of them enrolled in…

  • Gardening in Edmonton

    Gardening in Edmonton

    Tending The Landscape I want to acknowledge the First Nations communities that have long lived and tended the land on which Edmonton stands. From passive actors, Indigenous communities were active participants who managed the landscape in ways that increased biodiversity and tipped ecologies in ways that benefited culturally significant plants and animals. For First Nations…

  • School Garden Challenges and How to Avoid Them

    School Garden Challenges and How to Avoid Them

    Avoid These 4 Common School Garden Challenges Over the past decant, I’ve seen a significant increase in schools interested in school gardens. Traditionally run as extra-curricular activities or horticulture classes, the school garden is a tool for differentiated instruction, problem-solving, and cross-curricular learning. And while I’d love to see a garden in every school, they’re…

  • Espalier Fruit Trees

    Espalier Fruit Trees

    A Leafy Wall of Fruit. Save Space, Increase Yields, and Extend the Growing Season with Espalier Fruit Trees Espalier fruit trees are a great way to conserve space, grow food, and create a beautiful garden. Espalier is the ancient practice of training plants against a two-dimensional surface such as a wall or trellis, typically trees,…

  • Fish Tank Aquaponics System

    Fish Tank Aquaponics System

    DIY Home Aquaponics With Off The Shelf Parts From 2012 to 2016, students and I designed, built, and ran an aquaponics system at Jasper Place High School. While the system worked well, and we learned a lot, it would be too cumbersome and expensive for the average home. So I started wondering, if I were to…

  • The World’s Best Lawn Mower

    The World’s Best Lawn Mower

    The Original And Best Lawn Mower On The Market You can’t beat one of these when it comes to getting that perfect cut and keeping a healthy, natural lawn – imagine a grass-powered lawn mower with a fertilizer attachment. Grasses co-evolved with the herbivores that ate them. Grasses grow from their bases, unlike most plants.…

  • 5 Ways To Water Your Garden

    5 Ways To Water Your Garden

    Water Your Garden Without Turning On The Tap Actively and continuously needing to water your garden is a sign that you may have overlooked some simple but powerful water harvesting techniques. Here are five ways to water your garden without turning on the tap. 1. Plant Your Water Before You Plant Your Garden Most people decide…

  • The West Edmonton Mall Ice Palace Greenhouse

    The West Edmonton Mall Ice Palace Greenhouse

    Modern Places in a Post-Apocalyptic Edmonton Eutopia One of my favourite things is reimagining mundane spaces as opportunities for abundance. A fun question to ask is, “How would a post-apocalyptic Edmonton reuse this space?” What’s possible here? West Edmonton Mall Ice Palace Greenhouse We’ve all been there: shopping for the holidays, walking from one end…

  • Building a Pond or Aquarium Biofilter

    Building a Pond or Aquarium Biofilter

    How To Build A Biofilter OR Life and Trophic Cascades Ever wonder why maintaining a fish tank takes so much work while natural ponds, lakes, and streams require zero human intervention? One word – ecology. So let’s take a page from nature and establish a biofilter to maintain a clean, clear, biodiverse pond. But let’s first…

  • Edmonton’s River Valley Food Forest

    Edmonton’s River Valley Food Forest

    An Edible Ecosystem in the River Valley In 2014, one hundred community volunteers descended into Edmonton’s river valley to plant thousands of edible native plants. Located on the south-facing slope of MacKinnon Ravine, the river valley food forest aims to create a self-sufficient edible ecosystem that captures water, increases biodiversity, reduces costs, cleans the air,…

  • 5 Ways School Gardens Support Learning

    5 Ways School Gardens Support Learning

    A Garden In Every School Every schoolyard should have a garden. School gardens produce food, connect kids to nature, and support an active lifestyle. Unfortunately, we tend to overlook many pedagogical reasons for school gardens – could it be that they’re good for education? Since 2010, I have been working with students on various urban agriculture…