Don’t forget…there will be a regularly scheduled work party and harvest Thursday starting at 5:30 PM. The greenhouse is full of leafy greens that are ready to be taken home!

Source: WineandPlum.com

Source: WineandPlum.com

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Thanks to everyone’s input last year, the ICGS was able to sort out a good starting plan for how to plant community-style.  This year, we’re looking for your input again.  The Board has come up with a list of seeds we’d like to purchase for this year’s growing season.  Let us know if we’re missing anything or if we need to change our percentages.  This list is based on the plants that grew successfully last year, as well as the types of produce that people were interested in.

First Plant

  • Radish – 10%
  • Carrots – 5%
  • Lettuce (includes spinach) – 45%
  • Beans – 15%
  • Peas – 15%
  • Kale – 10%

Second Plant

Many crops will require the full growing season, so only the radish and lettuce percentages will change.  Last year’s radish harvest was very successful on the first plant, moderately successful on the second plant, and unsuccessful on the third plant.  This season, we plan to decrease the second plant of radish to 5% (increasing the lettuce plot to 50%) and will not plant a third time.

Types of Seeds

The seeds we plan to purchase include:

  • Bok choy
  • Red radish
  • Daikon radish
  • Carrots
  • Leaf lettuce (red, green)
  • Swiss chard (rainbow)
  • Kale
  • Spinach (baby)
  • Bush beans
  • Snow peas

In addition to these seeds, we will be testing out a few other plants in small quantities:  beets, parsnip, and turnip.  We will also be planting potatoes in the cold frames again this year.

If you have any comments on this plan, please email us.  Don’t forget we’ll also have the pots on the shelves for planting your own seeds as well (herbs, small plants, etc.).

Keep an eye on the website for more information about upcoming events.  We’re tentatively scheduled for a greenhouse weekend on June 14 and 15 – Saturday is the plant day and Sunday is a car wash/BBQ fundraiser!  Stay tuned…

We’re looking for a few good bakers.  This Saturday, August 31 from 11 AM to 1 PM, the ICGS will be holding an end of the season bake sale and barbecue.  If you can donate some baked goods to the cause, please arrive by 10:30 AM so that we may price your items for sale.

This will coincide with a work party/harvest.  If you are in Iqaluit and haven’t seen the greenhouse before, come on down and check us out!  We’ll be harvesting potatoes, lettuce, spinach, kale, daikon radish and more.  Come and see how we grow food in the arctic.

For now, check out our August 23rd harvest pictures!

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We have now posted the upcoming schedule for work parties on the website.  Just look for the “Upcoming Events” listing in the right column of the main page.  It will list the next three events.  It is linked to the ICGS Google Calendar, which you can subscribe to.

This Sunday, we’ll be thinning out some of the smaller lettuce plants from the beds to make room for those plants that are growing well.  Bring your thinking caps too – we have a leak to deal with and need some ideas for a temporary fix!

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The Board of Directors met Thursday evening in the greenhouse in order to plan for our first harvest and discovered that it needs to be sooner rather than later!  We will be holding a work party, barbecue and harvest at the greenhouse this Saturday (July 6) at noon.  There are some radishes ready to be picked, as well as three varieties of lettuce, kale and spinach.  We’ll be replanting some of the items that have been harvested and weeding and watering the rest.  There is wonderful growth in every bed, bin and pot and the Board is very excited!

Don’t forget…only paid members will be able to take home their share of the harvest.  If you have not yet paid, please ensure that you bring your membership application forms and cash or cheque to the greenhouse on Saturday.  Visit the membership information section of our greenhouse to download the forms, find out where you can bring your fees when we’re not at the greenhouse, or pay your fees online!

We have also set a tentative schedule for our summer work parties and harvests.  Keep up to date with the next event by following our “Upcoming Events” – just look to the right column on the main page.  You can also subscribe to the Iqaluit Community Greenhouse Society Google Calendar.

We will have hot dogs, veggie dogs, condiments and buns on hand for the barbecue.  Bring additional items such as drinks, salads or dessert to share with your fellow gardeners.

In addition to all this, we will be holding a second weed identification workshop, explain expectations for members in regards to watering the crops and will teach you how to make a wonderful salad vinaigrette with some of the fresh herbs growing in the greenhouse.  So come out, smell the fresh produce, feel the warmth of the greenhouse and get your hands dirty!

Don’t forget to watch Northbeat on CBC North Friday, July 5 at 8 PM EDT.  We’ve been told our interview will be shown!

Every growing season, the Iqaluit Community Greenhouse Society places an order for seeds based upon previous growing successes and requests from the membership.  Here’s a sneak peek at what you could have in your plots this season!

Don’t forget…you can start your own plants at home.  But please have them inspected by a Board Member prior to planting on orientation day (date to be announced).

Greens & Lettuce

  • ‘Great Lakes’ Crisphead Lettuce
  • ‘Early Green Moss, Curled’ Endive
  • ‘Dwarf Curled Scotch’ Culinary Kale
  • ‘Salad Bowl’ Leaf Lettuce
  • ‘Bloomsdale Long Standing’ Spinach
  • ‘New Zealand’ Spinach
  • ‘Bright Lights’ Swiss Chard

Herbs

  • ‘Dark Opal’ Basil
  • ‘Sweet Dani’ Lemon-scented Basil
  • ‘Siam Queen’ Thai Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme

Veggies

  • Blue Lake Pole Beans
  • Kentucky Wonder Yellow Wax Pole Beans
  • Bulls Blood Beets
  • Baby Finger Carrots
  • ‘Alaska’ Heirloom Peas
  • ‘Easter Egg II Blend’ Hybrid Market Radish

If you are growing radishes, spinach or other lettuces, you should check your plots.  There is already lots of produce to harvest!

Pull large pieces of lettuces and spinach to make room for new growth.

 

Leaving radishes too long results in woody tasting radish...harvest them now!