If you happen to have any lettuce or spinach seeds and would like to donate it, please bring it tonight.  We’ve used up our supply for the year!

Don’t forget…it’s a regularly scheduled work party this evening starting at 5:30.  We’ve got some weeding to do and we’ll take a look at what kind of work needs to be done outside to ensure the greenhouse looks great.

Keep your eyes and ears open for information regarding our upcoming bake sale and barbecue scheduled for Saturday, August 31.  It coincides with a work party, so come on out and support the ICGS.

See you tonight!

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There will be a work party at the greenhouse this Saturday (June 15) at noon.  Construction work to convert the final row of bins to beds will be completed this evening with the help of a local carpenter.  Tomorrow we will be mixing the last of the compost and soil for this bed.  As of this point, our seed order is still on its way to Iqaluit, so carrots and new lettuce planting is still forthcoming.  Don’t forget – there are plenty of bins on the upper greenhouse shelves for your individual plants and herbs!

We will be collecting membership fees tomorrow at the greenhouse from 12 PM to 1 PM.  Updated information on payments for membership will be posted on the website soon for those of you who cannot make it tomorrow.

 

Despite some setbacks last weekend, we have sorted out our issues with accessing the greenhouse. There are some concerns with the door frame shifting due to the greenhouse structure doing its typical settling with the spring thaw, but hope to address them on Saturday. There is still a lot of work to be done in the greenhouse before we open. If you’re able, we will be meeting for another work party on Saturday, June 1 at 12:00 noon to complete a number of tasks:

  • Planning the greenhouse layout for planting
  • Potentially painting the cold frames and shed
  • Converting a row of bins to a new bed
  • Mixing last year’s soil with our new compost
  • Wetting the soil and preparing for seeds
  • Planting some viable seeds to get some growth started!

Painting will be weather permitting and dependent upon acquiring the required paint before the weekend. If you have painting supplies (brushes, rollers, trays, etc.), we would be happy to have you bring them.

Please feel free to print out our greenhouse layout template in preparation for this weekend.

Finally we are hoping to start collecting this year’s fees. We will have new membership forms on the website and at the greenhouse this weekend if you are interested in growing with us this year. Hope to see you there!

Thanks to those of you who came out this past weekend to attempt to get some work done!

Thanks to those of you who came out this past weekend to attempt to get some work done!

Join us on Sunday, May 26 at noon for some more prep work in the greenhouse.  Weather permitting, we will be painting our cold frames and shed to encourage heat storage.  We also hope to be able to mix in our new compost.  Thanks to all the volunteers who came out this past Saturday to help lug the new (frozen!) bags of compost from the seacan into the greenhouse.  With any luck, the compost will be thawed and ready to go.

We’ll be there until the work is done.  See you there!

The Iqaluit Community Greenhouse Society will be meeting at the greenhouse on Saturday, May 18 at noon to start digging in the dirt. We will be pulling our compost out of the shed in preparation for this year’s growing season. We will also be doing some other work in and around the greenhouse. If you are interested in coming out to help, we’d love to see you there. Let’s get ready to grow!

Digging!

Welcome to the new blog for the Iqaluit Community Greenhouse Society!

The 2011 planting season is about to begin!  Today we will be opening up the greenhouse to our members for a Meet and Greet event.  Come out to see your plots, meet your plotmates, pick out your seeds and learn about what grows well in a northern greenhouse.

Thanks to our operations volunteers that have come out to help with preparations in the past couple of weeks.  The plots are looking wonderful.  You’ll notice a few changes have been made.  We’ve converted three of the four rows from bins to bed-style plots.  We anticipate that this will help with drainage and mold issues that may have been seen in the past.  We are also keeping one of the rows for bin style planting – we are aware that there are a number of members interested in planting deep root vegetables, beans and potatoes – all of which thrive in the bins.  Please let us know if you prefer one or the other and we will try to accomodate your request.

We expect to have water available in the next week, so keep checking the blog and watch for emails with updates.  Until then, feel free to begin planting in your plots – you’ll just need to bring your own water to do so.

Just about ready to go!