Tasty tour offers gardening advice and tasty samples of produce

Transition Brockville / 24 August 2016

Butler's Creek gardenersGarden tours, gardening advice, and tasty samples of garden produce will be served up when the Butler’s Creek Community Garden (BCCG) hosts its first Tasty Tour this Sunday.

The community garden’s Tasty Tour is a free public event being held the afternoon of August 28, 2-4 p.m., on the grounds of the Gord Watts Municipal Centre, on North Augusta Road, in partnership with Transition Brockville.

Garden tours will be offered by gardeners with plots at the community garden. A wide range of vegetables and fruits grow in the garden’s 23 plots.

In addition, Dave Alguire, of Soperton, an organic market gardener for 40 years, will be on hand to answer any questions on improving garden soil and growing great veggies.

Visitors can sample the garden’s bounty during the Tasty Tour. Taste a variety of tomatoes, sample cold summer soups, and try kale chips – all free. Other treats will depend on what’s ripening in late August.

Those interested in a plot at Butler’s Creek Community Garden will have the chance to add their name to the wait list for the 2017 gardening season.

This tour is also an opportunity for anyone interested in starting a community garden elsewhere in Brockville to learn from BCCG members about the process of finding land, services and potential plot renters.

Everyone is welcome at this free Sunday afternoon event.

BCCG started in 2012, when the city offered use of the land at the municipal centre for a pilot community garden. Volunteers formed a steering committee to plan and manage the site. Twenty plots were rented for the 2013 season and all plots have been rented every season since. Committee members would assist in development of community gardens in other locations, if enough people are interested.

8 cold frame plans for year-round gardening

Mother Earth News / Rebecca Martin / August/September 2016

Cold_Frame-5A humble cold frame offers a great way to produce nutritious, homegrown food outside of the prime growing season without investing in a full-sized greenhouse. Although many gardeners already use these mini-greenhouses to shelter seedlings before planting in spring, they may not realize that crops will stay alive inside a cold frame during winter, providing fresh food from the garden in December, January, and even February.

Commercial cold frames can make beautiful additions to your garden, but an inexpensive DIY setup is a great way to get started. You can quickly assemble one or more DIY cold frames with upcycled materials, and then move them around your property to find the best microclimate before you install a more elegant cold frame.

Jump in with any of these eight cold frame plans, chosen for simplicity and low cost.


Dryden: Heavy rainfall causes flooding throughout city

CBC News / 14 August 2016

Dryden Aug 2016Ashton said Environment Canada’s own weather station in the city recorded 23 millimetres of rain falling in Friday’s storm.

However, home-based weather station recordings from the same period told different stories. One such private station recorded 109 millimetres and another 152 millimetres, while others showed 50 or 30 millimetres of rain fell on Dryden Friday afternoon.

The discrepancy, Ashton said, is due to the nature of the storm.

“It’s the size of the storm,” he said. “If you’re three blocks over, you may not get anything versus the guy who got 150 millimetres. It’s incredible. That’s just the way these storms are — they can be very small and localized.”


Wildlife, plants feeling the heat

Belleville Intelligencer / Luke Hendry / 12 August 2016

John SmolMore heat and less rainfall this summer are stressing plants, animals and people and could lead to less wildlife as the drought continues, authorities say.

Conditions since May have been unusually hot and dry in southern Ontario, the Montreal area, southern New Brunswick and southwestern Nova Scotia. A heat warning remained in effect here Friday.

Humans are feeling it, but plants and animals are also showing signs of stress.

Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips told The Intelligencer this week it’s clear Earth is getting warmer and that more abnormally-hot summers, though not necessarily consecutive ones, are on the way.

“It really has ramifications all through the ecosystem,” said Dr. John Smol, the Canada Research Chair in environmental change and a Queen’s University biology professor.


Rain bomb: Rare ‘wet microburst’ caught on camera

Barcroft TV / 15 August 2015

The incredibly detailed footage shows a weather event known as a wet microburst which occurs when a cooled column of air sinks rapidly through the middle of a thunder storm. The unique storm phenomena affects an area of no more than two and a half miles and can generate winds of over 150 mph.

Is the oil industry dying?

Pacific Standard / Richard Heinberg / 10 August 2016

Trans-Mississippi gusherWhen oil was selling for $100 per barrel, many tight-oil projects in the U.S. were nevertheless only marginally profitable or were actually money losers; still, with interest rates at historic lows and plenty of investment capital sloshing around the financial industry, drillers had no trouble finding operating capital (David Hughes of Post Carbon Institute was one of the few analysts who questioned the durability of the “shale gale,” on the basis of meticulous well-by-well analysis). The result of cascading investment was a ferocious spate of drilling and fracking that drove levels of U.S. oil production sharply upward, overwhelming global markets. The amount of oil in storage ballooned. That’s the main reason prices collapsed in mid-2014 — along with Saudi Arabia’s insistence on continuing to pump crude at maximum rates in order to help drive the upstart American shale-oil producers out of business. The Saudi gambit mostly succeeded: Small- to medium-sized U.S. producers are now gasping for air, and, as their massive debts come due over the next few months, a wave of bankruptcies and buyouts seems fairly inevitable. Meanwhile, in the continental U.S., oil production has dropped by 800,000 barrels a day.

Indeed, the entire petroleum business is currently in deep trouble. Countries that rely on crude oil export revenues are facing enormous budget deficits, and in some cases are having trouble maintaining basic services to their people.


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