How to Build A Cold Frame

Well folks, it’s that time of year again when gardens are flourishing with the bounties of the early and late spring plantings and I am beginning to plan for my first attempt at season succession. A cold frame has been heavily considered to help extend the seasons in my garden throughout the colder months. Cold frames, in essence, can be made from various items – … Continue reading How to Build A Cold Frame

How to Extend Your Garden Season With Cold Frames

Up here in Cape Breton, spring is just a tease. Cold frames are an excellent backyard strategy for gaining a few weeks on food production, either in the spring or late fall. Last fall, this handy tip sheet was compiled to support a cold frame building workshop hosted by Leonard Vassalo at Blue Heron Farm in Gardiner Mines. We built three cold frames, which were donated … Continue reading How to Extend Your Garden Season With Cold Frames

Kids Dig It at Common Roots Urban Farm

Two photos by Lucia Araiza of Sustainable Expressions – Common Roots celebration  Our friends at Common Roots Urban Farm have been busy. The landscape of the farm, a productive food and green retreat in the heart of Halifax, keeps expanding with each growing season! You may recall our blog updates on the greenhouse constructed this summer, or perhaps you visited the farm to buy produce from … Continue reading Kids Dig It at Common Roots Urban Farm

Behind the Green: Building a Greenhouse at Common Roots

It was a gusty day in June, and Common Roots was a site to see. In every corner of the farm there was activity. Student farmers were harvesting a mesclun medley in the market gardens, alongside Deep Roots farmers from ISANS. Volunteers were wheelbarrowing backfill, while others were assembling the shade sail frames for what will soon be an enchanting children’s garden. And then on … Continue reading Behind the Green: Building a Greenhouse at Common Roots

Building an Herb Spiral at Oxford School

What can you get when you cross conversations of permaculture, herbs, and three grade 8 classes at Oxford school? THIS! An herb spiral. The ultimate raised bed for herbs; it’s both beautiful and practical in its design. By building the spiral shape you take advantage of an added dimension and you also create different microclimates for various herbs to co-exist in. An herb spiral has a number … Continue reading Building an Herb Spiral at Oxford School

Ready, Set, Build! Your 3-Bin Composter

There’s nothing like a simple building project to make you feel like a well-accomplished and super productive human:) And over the past couple of weeks we’ve had no short of simple building projects- the primary ones being a number of 3-bin composting units for our community garden friends across the city. Although composting can be done in a whole host of containers, it sometimes gets tricky in … Continue reading Ready, Set, Build! Your 3-Bin Composter

Fiskars Project at Common Roots Urban Farm

In the early morning (7:30 AM) of June 19th, a plethora of volunteers met beneath a rain resistant tent at Common Roots Urban Farm (CRUF); at their avail were a selection of egg muffins, juices and coffee supplied through Jane’s of Halifax.  With rain on the horizon, this group, along with organizers from Fiskars and Canadian tire embarked upon an incredible task to build a … Continue reading Fiskars Project at Common Roots Urban Farm

Root Cellars: Building materials and using what you have

This spring we embarked on transforming part of our office basement into a root cellar, and now that September’s here, it’s time to start thinking about filling it up with produce. It’s nice to see a project through to the very end and be able to start using it for its intended purpose, even though it was a very handy space this summer to store … Continue reading Root Cellars: Building materials and using what you have

Root Cellar Workshop

This weekend, we built a root cellar! Building a root cellar at the Ecology Action Centre office has been an idea that we’ve been kicking around for years. It went from the idea stage to the reality stage when we received some funding from the Spirit NS Local Food Fund last fall. After the excitement of receiving the funding, the next big question was: So, … Continue reading Root Cellar Workshop