We may not be growing something as spectacular as this flowered Canadian flag, but we think growing our own food in the arctic is still a pretty Canadian thing to do. Come on out to the greenhouse on Canada Day starting at 3 PM. This could be our first harvest of the summer!

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The snow is melting and the greenhouse is heating up! It’s almost time to plant.

Things always get busier this time of year. Don’t forget to check out our online calendar. We’ll be adding more events as the summer approaches.

For now, here’s what’s on the agenda…

Saturday, May 16, 11 AM to 1 PM – Work Party

It’s our first work party of the year! Come out to help us prep the soil for planting. We’ll be cleaning up what we can around the greenhouse and working to thaw out our compost in the outdoor bins. You can also sign up for proposed committees and we’ll chat about what we’ll be planting. Become a member if you haven’t yet, too. The temperatures inside the greenhouse are warm enough so that we’re hoping to get some radishes in the beds.

Tuesday, May 19 – Trivia Night (tentative)

We’re still confirming a venue, but we have loads of questions ready to stump you. Help us raise funds to assist with our operating costs. Always a great time and we definitely also think it’s a worthy cause.

Saturday, May 30, 11 AM to 1 PM – Work Party/Full Greenhouse Plant

We’re aiming for our earliest planting in the greenhouse ever. We’ve been monitoring our temperatures for the past couple of seasons and have decided to make this our day. There will be lots of work to do, so come out with your families and join the ICGS this year. We have so many exciting things planned!

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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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!