Monday, June 28, 2010

SPEC Rooftop in June

Here are some photos of what's happening on our rooftop garden at SPEC.


Nasturtiums - both the flower and leaves are edible

this broccoli has a great start

these tomatoes are loving the heat on our rooftop

garlic in the vertical planter - the scapes will soon be snipped and sauteed

lettuce starts to replace those that will soon come out.

It's not all problem free - aphids looove fava beans

a chemical free way of dealing with the problem is to spray them off with a strong stream of water

this gives our beans a fighting chance, so that hopefully we can harvest them in the next weeks

happy food growing!

- marnie

Friday, June 25, 2010

Car Free Day - Commercial Drive

Last Sunday June 20th SPEC hosted a booth on Commercial Drive to tell more people about our organization's work. We chatted with many many folks about organic urban agriculture, renewable energy and waste reduction. SPEC shared our booth with Earth Heart - a new endeavor by Gareth Ward who builds cedar container boxes among other food garden services.

It was a very busy and very inspiring day. Thank you to all who stopped by to say hello!

- marnie

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Upcoming Volunteer Times

Hi there!

Yey for summer!

Here are our upcoming volunteer times:

Wednesday June 23rd 530pm-615pm - Cambie Square Communal Garden (West side of Cambie between 10th and 12th, up the stairs)

Friday June 25th 93oam-11am - SPEC Rooftop Container Garden (2150 Maple Street)

Sunday June 28th 11am-12 - Cambie Square Communal Garden

Wednesday June 30th 530-615pm - Cambie Square Communal Garden

We hope to see you!

- marnie

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June 1st Gardens Update

Spring is in full force and all the hard work and planning from the previous months is truly paying off.

School Gardens

Students from a nearby school recently brought seedlings they started in their classroom to plant on our rooftop container garden.

Rooftop Garden

Fava beans are flowering on the roof!

Lettuce is harvestable!

Tomato seedlings are in! (Started in Carole's backyard greenhouse)

Cambie Square Communal Garden

New lovely signage care of Jodi Mayne!

We've got bees! Mason bees have moved in to our mason condo (thanks EYA!) you can see they've filled the holes with mud.

- marnie