A Fence and a Falling Summer

We realize we haven’t posted any pictures of the results from our Dress the Fence Event last month. While we would have loved to have posted them as early as they were put up, fate has had other plans. The original glue used for the rocks wasn’t strong enough and they kept falling off. After one last trip to the hardware store for the strongest outdoor glue we could find, they were finally installed successfully last week. This is the result!

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The morning are getting cool, the weeds aren’t growing so ferociously, and some perennial flowers have started to wither and die for the summer to come back next year.

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This might be good news for you cold-lovers out there, and maybe not-so-hot news for you summer-lovers (pun intended). Regardless, I think we can all agree that we will miss the gardens and the colour they give to the DFC community.

Our Final Art Project

 

Here in the garden we have had the great pleasure of working with the kids that reside at DFC, or are connected to our community in some way, on art projects throughout the summer. From decorating the fence with beautifully painted rocks, decorating flower pots and planting in them, to the gorgeous work you see below, these kids have worked really hard and the work shows.

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The Artwork: This piece is inspired by native themes that is unique to North American heritage. It includes references to the night and day, the medicine wheel and the animals it partly represents, the origins of the earth, the seasons, and local crops.

Raindrops Falling on Your Head

Rainy Nights

I like the town on rainy nights When everything is wet – When all the town has magic lights And streets of shining jet!

When all the rain about the town Is like a looking-glass, And all the lights are upside-down Below me as I pass.

In all the pools are velvet skies, And down the dazzling street A fairy city gleams and lies In beauty at my feet.

Irene Thompson

Inspired by this poem here are some rainy day pictures to reflect the week we’ve had here at the Garden 

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Coming Soon: from the Vegetable Garden

Tomatoes

The Aztecs and Incas first cultivated tomatoes in 700AD, Rich in vitamins A and C, beta-carotene and potassium, as well as a great source of fundamental antioxidants, such as lycopene.

Peppers

Purée roasted and peeled peppers with Healthy Sautéed onions and zucchini to make a deliciously refreshing soup that can be served hot or cold.

Okra

A rich sources of dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins; often recommended by nutritionists in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.

Kale

Like broccoli, cauliflower, and collards, kale is a descendent of the wild cabbage, a plant thought to have originated in Asia Minor and to have been brought to Europe around 600 B.C.

Collard Greens

An excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and manganese, and a good source of vitamin E.

Cabbage

It was grown in Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations that held it in high regard as a general panacea capable of treating a host of health conditions.

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Multiple studies have shown that chard has unique benefits for blood sugar regulation.

Tomotios

Raw or uncooked tomatillos are often in Mexican sauces. They add a fresh citrus-like flavor.

Chili peppers

Originally from South and Central America, their popularity continues to grow across the world due to their ease of cultivation, frequently sharp taste and attractive appearance.

Rhubarb

Earliest records date back to 2700 BC in China where Rhubarb was cultivated for medicinal purposes

Eggplant

For homemade babaganoush, purée roasted eggplant, garlic, tahini, lemon juice and olive oil.

Onions

Onions, like garlic, are members of the Allium family, and both are rich in sulfur-containing compounds that are responsible for their pungent odors and for many of their health-promoting effects.

Lovage

The leaves can be used as a herb, the roots as a vegetable, and the seeds as a spice.

Basil

Basil now grows in many regions throughout the world, but it was first native to India, Asia and Africa. It is prominently featured in varied cuisines throughout the world.

Lemon Grass

Lemongrass also contains substances that are thought to relieve pain, reduce fever, stimulate the uterus and menstrual flow, and have antioxidant properties.

Parsley

Parsley is an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of vitamin A

Oregano

Oregano, either in its fresh or dried form, should be added toward the end of the cooking process since heat can easily cause a loss of its delicate flavor.

Sage

This herb is exceptionally very rich source of several B-complex groups of vitamins, such as folic acid, thiamin, pyridoxine and riboflavin.

Tarragon

Artemisia, tarragon’s genus, comes from the Greek goddess Artemis (of the moon),

Cilantro

Cilantro is one of the popular Mediterranean herb, which commonly  recognized as leaf-coriander in Asia.

Thyme

Add thyme to your favorite pasta sauce recipe. Fresh thyme adds a wonderful fragrance to omelets and scrambled eggs.

Chives

Contain many noteworthy flavonoid anti-oxidants, plant fiber, minerals, and vitamins that have proven health benefits.

Dill

Dill is native to southern Russia, western Africa and the Mediterranean region. It has been used for its culinary and medicinal properties for millennia

Rosemary  

Rosemary contains substances that are useful for stimulating the immune system, increasing circulation, and improving digestion.

Green Is The New Brown

You may have noticed it had been awhile since the vegetable garden fence had been painted. We spent the first couple days this week giving the fence a bit of a makeover with a new coat of green paint. All of this is in preparation of installing our amazing painted rocks next week. The inside of the fence will be painted in the fall once all the vegetables have been collected.

What do you think of the new colour?

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Nice huh?

Dress the Fence: The Party

Last weekend we held our Dress the Fence Event. Plenty of people came out and joined in on the fun. We painted 184 rocks that we will be gluing onto the fence shortly. The rocks looked absolutely wonderful if we do say so ourselves. Check them out! photo1

Aside from painting rocks everyone got to play in the sprinkler, complete our Garden Scavenger Hunt, and enjoy the awesome BBQ, which included some specially prepared strawberry rhubarb pie with rhubarb picked from out own garden. Here our more pics from the day… :)

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The Veges are coming!

July is here, the weather is hot, the sky is blue, and the vegetable garden is growing. Its amazing to see the little plants get bigger and bigger by the day. Several people have asked what the very tall plant is. That is Lovage, a member of the celery family from eastern Europe. Rob tells us its very good in soup.

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Look at that Lovage its 6 ft tall!

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Did you know Kale has more vitamin C then an orange.

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It wont be long now before were eating D.F.C cherry tomatoes

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I can’t wait for some Tomatillo Salsa

 

 

Is it a Weed?

What is a weed?  I have heard it said that there are sixty definitions.  For me, a weed is a plant out of place.  ~Donald Culross Peattie

A weed is but an unloved flower.  ~Ella Wheeler Wilcox 

Working the gardens can be confusing sometimes. While we do our best to make the garden sparkle, with direction from our wonderful supervisor (Rob), we sometimes run into little obstacles. The most reoccurring question we ask ourselves while clearing the unwanted guests from our gardens is, “Is this darn thing a weed or what?”

We put together some pictures bellow of the various plants we weren’t sure were weeds. See if you can figure out which of these are weeds by scrolling over the pictures bellow for the right answers!

PRIDE !

D.F.C Pride was a fantastic party, we had so much fun painting rocks for our garden fence. World Pride is still going strong in the neighborhood so enjoy the beautifully weekend. Here are some pictures to remember our party by.

We will be planing a big event in the garden in July where we will paint rocks and permanently install them onto the vegetable garden fence. Were so excited to see everyone’s creativity shine while making our garden even more fantastic.

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Prepping for Pride

This week in the Garden we have had the special privilege of getting the courtyard ready for Pride. All the annuals have now been planted, the new mulch has been laid, and just for fun we put up a few flower baskets to really make the place pop.

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Just like our garden, which is filled with a diverse group of flowers, DFC celebrates the diversity in our own community. In that regard we wish everyone a very happy Pride week!