31 08, 2015

Upcoming Events for September

September 2th Seed Saving Workshop and Movie in the Garden
Join Prairie Garden Seeds on Wed September 2nd for a Seed Saving Workshop and Work Bee hosted by the Saskatoon Seed Library, followed by an open-air screening of the film Open Sesame: A Film About Seeds, hosted by the Saskatoon Food Council as part of the Urban Agriculture Movie Screenings. Come for both events or just one. Both events are no-cost and family friendly!

Check out the Facebook page for more information.

Saturday, September 5, 2015 – MEET THE ARTIST: Nutana Wheat Paste Mural
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – “Come and Go”
Under the east end of the Broadway Bridge (best access is from the 600 block of Saskatchewan Crescent East)

The latest artistic addition to the Nutana community! Check out Laura Hosaluk’s wheat paste mural below the Broadway Bridge;

The City of Saskatoon (City) invites the public to view the new neighbourhood mural in Nutana, under the east end of the Broadway Bridge, and meet the artist who created it.

Entitled “Community Garden,” the artwork is a wheat paste mural created by local artist, Laura Hosaluk, in collaboration with Nutana residents, the Nutana Community Association, and the Broadway Business Improvement District. As described by the artist, the mural represents the vibrant growth that the Nutana neighbourhood inspires.

September 8, 2015 – In-person registration
Tuesday, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the library at Victoria School, 639 Broadway Ave.

Check out the details of this year’s programs on our program page.

Starting September 11th Philosophy in the Community: Free Lecture and Discussion Series
Organized by: Philosophy Department, U of S
website: http://www.usask.ca/philosophy/community/

Second Friday of each month, September through March
7-9pm, Refinery (Basement of Emmanuel Anglican)
609 Dufferin Avenue, Saskatoon

September 12th Curbside swap

Put stuff on lawn & advertise that it is free; bring back in after 6pm (Same day as Broadway Street fair); will be tracking/planning if spring or fall (or both: spring and fall).  More information and rules on the city website.

September 12th – Broadway Street Fair 
The Broadway Business Improvement District (Broadway BID) is proud to present the 32nd Annual Broadway Street Fair, presented by SaskTel. Street Fair is always hosted the Saturday following the September long weekend; this year, Saturday, September 12th, 2015. This is Broadway’s largest one day event of the year, drawing thousands to the street. Check out the BBID website for more information.

September 13th – Active Like a Girl

Once again the sessions will be presented by some very inspirational and motivational women in sport.

Other Things of Interest

MEND program from the U of S is running again this October. It helps kids from 2 – 4 and 7 – 13. More information in their brochure.

19 08, 2015

Fall Registration Night – September 8, 2015

In-person registration is Tuesday, September 8, 2015, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the library at Victoria School, 639 Broadway Ave.

Check out the details of this year’s programs on our program page.

31 07, 2015

Garden Picnic Social

This Saturday, June 13 – about 6 pm you are welcome to pack a picnic or just come by the garden, actually come to the Darcy Bear park in the shade of the school for a very casual social. No formal activities are planed for the gathering however please feel free to bring freebies, or soccer or cricket items or cameras… for spontaneous pick up games or some creative expression.

My objective is change the culture of the garden and use this social time to hear from more of you the nutana gardeners on what your needs for the garden are and what projects we should undertake. Examples, painting the shed, new stakes for the Remai garden, butterfly garden and I expect there are other creative ideas to dream about.

Water: Catherine and I will start filling water barrels on Thursday June 18, at 7 pm. If you’re in the garden at 7 or at 9ish we’ll benefit from 1-2 hands to do hose management. There is a plan to repair the water source at the Remai garden, we are waiting on the availability of the contractors.

Can some enthusiastic people water sweet peas on Thursday between 7-9.

Last note: watering other peoples plots. Do this with discretion and care. Most gardeners want to do there own watering, however many a garden has been saved by a generous person watering a dry garden.

The best way to prevent others from watering your garden is put up a note stating no watering needed to avoid confusion. We are all gardeners and I suspect if you’re anythnig like me watering plants is very therapeutic.

31 07, 2015

Spring Message 2015

Greetings, (imminent) gardeners,

Wow – was that snow last weekend?

Welcome to the Nutana Community Gardens (NCG) for the 2015 growing season.  For those who have gardened with us in the past, welcome back. For the many of you who stand to garden with us for the first time, welcome to a tradition of community building through community gardening. 

I’d like to share with you a bit of the history of Nutana Community gardening. Our plots began with a small-scale conversion of a vacant lot. Through an agreement with Mrs. Remai’s company, PR Developments, and a whole bunch of committed gardeners, that garden was expanded to the current bounds of Garden#2, behind the Roastery. Water for this garden was initially secured from the old Pilates Centre, and then from Bridgewater Condominiums. Last year saw the inauguration of Garden#1 (see photo), located beside Nutana Collegiate, with three-year agreement for land and water access provided by the City of Saskatoon.

The garden behind the Roastery (Garden#2) has a more complicated existence, surviving through the kindliness of our partners, PR Developments and Bridgewater Condominiums. Our access to this site is never guaranteed: although we have gardened in the Garden#2 site for thirteen years, NCG is only able to secure the use of this valuable piece of real estate only on a year-by-year basis through the landowner. This is why we run the registration for this garden site in person, and not until May – and why we encourage prospective long-term gardeners to go for a plot in Garden#1.  

Community gardening is about building community. We encourage you to be thoughtful of your neighbours –  two frequent complaints have been plots being shaded and planting on borderlines. Some suggestions: plant your rows north-south to maximize sunlight for you and your neighbours; place trellises (north-south, minimal height) in middle of your own plot; when planting, allow enough space for the mature plant. If you find that all of your careful planting goes awry and you encroach upon the space of your neighbours, consider sharing produce as well as conversation. Have fun, enjoy the garden – continue learning and sharing.

As you plan out your plot, remember consideration to others. But also remember that water for the sites, provided by outside partners has not yet been turned on. Hold off from planting water-sensitive plants (or be prepared to haul your own water) until you receive the announcement that the taps have been turned on.

Looking forward to seeing you in the next few weeks,

Myrtle Harrington