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GARDEN GAZETTE
Summer 2014
Volume 20, Issue 12 - August 2014
Yellowknife Community Garden Collective
 
In this Newsletter:

Chickweed: Friend or Foe?
Recipe of the Month

Harvesting and Donations
Fall Fair
Compost Sale
Old Town Ramble and Ride
Volunteering
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Friend or Foe: Chickweed
As a gardener, you may already be well aquainted with chickweed (
Stellaria media). This hardy annual is a force to be reckoned with. It grows quickly into thick mats and can threaten to outcompete your growing vegetables. They have small flowers with a yellow centre and tiny white petals. Chickweed can complete it's lifecycle quickly (within 5-6 weeks) and drop hundreds of seeds for next season. In my own garden beds it has been a race against time to pick these weeds before they go to seed. I have spent countless hours hopelessly trying to untangle my lettuce, herbs, and carrots from the mat of chickweed growing in the soil. I have been able to manage them but never to completely rid of these persistent plants. However, they have also provided a good cover for my exposed garden soil; helping to retain moisture, reducing soil erosion, and providing more greenery in my raised beds.

Some might also consider Chickweed to be an easy-to-grow edible plant that is healthy to eat and also produces delicate flowers through the season, even in hot and dry conditions. Chickweed leaves are used by adding them raw to salads and sandwiches. They can be tossed into soups and stews as well. When adding to a cooked dish, the stems and flowers can be used also.


What do YOU think of Chickweed; friend, or foe?

Additional Organic Gardening Resources on Chickweed:
1. Mother Earth News
2. Edible Wild Food
Recipe of the Month:

View the original recipe by Green Deane of "Eat the Weeds and other things, too" posted
here.

Chickweed Onion Loaf
- 2 cups of chopped chickweed leaves and stems
- 1/4 cup minced onion
- 2 tbsp oil
- 2 tbsp honey, fruit juice concentrate, or sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 cups wheat flour
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 1 packet yeast

Sauté onion and chickweed until tender (not brown). Dissolve honey and yeast into the warm water and then the salt. Mix the yeast mixture with the cooled sautéed chickweed and onions and slowly add the flour until the dough no longer sticks to your fingers Form into a ball and let it rise to twice its volume. Shape into loaves and let rise again. Bake at 375 .F for 40-45 minutes.

Chickweed Onion Loaf
Harvesting and Donations
A friendly reminder that Yellowknife Gardeners (except Weledeh, who have donated their 25% to student gardeners from Weledeh School) are obligated to dedicate 25% of their plot to grow food that is donated to local food security organizations. Gardeners weigh and record all donations. Click
here for a list of some of the organizations that receive donations.

In regards to harvesting, if you are unable to harvest all of the vegetables from your plot this season, please let the Garden Board or your Site Manager know so we can have the extra produce donated to one of the organizations listed on our website. It would be a shame for all of that beautiful food to go to waste!

If you have questions, always feel free to ask the Garden Board or your Site Manager. Happy gardening!
Broccoli in late July
A broccoli head slowly beginning to emerge in late July. Did you know that not all Broccoli heads form in one big clump like this? Find out which type you have and when to harvest by clicking here.

Do you have any garden photos that you wish to share with us? Send your photos to Jenn at communications@ykgardencollective.org.

 
Fall Fair
Stay tuned for exciting updates coming soon for our annual Fall Fair, which takes place mid-September.

In the meantime, be sure to keep on the lookout in your garden for unique and/or very large vegetables to bring along for our annual veggie contest!
Compost Sale
Did you miss this year's compost sale? Well, we have got great news for you! Compost is still for sale BY APPOINTMENT only. A minimum order of 1.5 tonnes is required for a date/time to be set. There will be a wait-list for smaller orders. The next order through Ecology North is July 31st from 4-5pm. Payments can be made in cash or by cheque. For more information, or to set up an appointment, please contact Jade at: compost@ecologynorth.ca
Old Town garden will be a part of the Old Town Ramble & Ride garden tour on Saturday August 2nd from 12:00-4:00pm. If you are interested in spending an hour or two as the "host" of our magnificent garden, please contact Jenn by clicking here.
Volunteering: 

With the upcoming season at the forefront of our minds remember that we are all part of a Community Garden. Please participate in the site chores, work bees, and events throughout 2014 to keep our gardens growing healthy and beautiful.
In your garden shed there is a "Chores List"; please sign up for something that you can do. Happy Gardening!
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