On Thursday, September 7th at 7:00pm we’ll be hosting a sauerkraut workshop at the greenhouse! For $10 for greenhouse members or $15 for non-members, you’ll get to learn the process and take a jar home with you. Fermented foods are high in vitamins, enzymes, are probiotic, and very healthy for you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
This month we decided to host a trivia night at the greenhouse, as well as beer yoga. We had about 50 people come out for a “Night out at the Greenhouse” eager to spend their Saturday night surrounded by vegetable, fruit, flower plants, and friends. As a community greenhouse, we offer a space and programming for gardening, but we also are also fortunate to be able to offer a venue for community events, including our own fundraisers like trivia and yoga.
Kim Herle, one of our regular yoga instructors, decided to offer a beer yoga event, where each participant was given two drinks throughout the hour-long yoga session. Somehow the class ended in a sing-along, with one participant playing the ukulele while everyone else sang their hearts out. For those who weren’t ready for their night at the greenhouse to end, we had a trivia night downstairs, where teams of 4-5 tested their general and local knowledge. We had the help of some local groups to include a round on local trivia, with questions from Children’s First Society, Inuvialuit Communication Society, Environment and Natural Resources, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Aurora Research Institute, and more. As the sun finally began to set around midnight, the greenhouse cleared out with people encouraging us to host more “nights out at the greenhouse”.
Pollinating Squash by Hand
Butternut! Acorn! Patty pan! Spaghetti! Zucchini! These are some of the delightful squash varieties that come with summer. (That is, so long as you can beat the powdery mildew that our greenhouse is prone to.) Also important to growing healthy squash is making sure that they get pollinated.
Squash plants produce both male and female flowers, with the male flower located at the end of a thin stem, and the female flowers located at the end of the squash that forms. It can take several visits from a pollen-laden bee to successfully pollinate a female flower, and sometimes we don’t have enough pollinators finding their way into our greenhouse.
If you notice wilting flowers on your squash, there’s a chance that the flower was not properly fertilized. In order to make sure your flowers become pollinated, use a fine paintbrush to transfer pollen from the male flower to the stigma on the female flower. When looking ahead to planting next year, consider planting sunflowers or alyssum flowers alongside your squash plants in order to encourage pollinators to visit.
For more information, read this article by West Coast Seeds.
On Saturday, August 12th we’re hosting a trivia night at the greenhouse! Come with a team of 1-5 people and test both your general and local knowledge. There will be a cash prize for the winning team, door prizes, a cash bar, and a BBQ dinner available for purchase. Trivia starts at 8pm and this is only open for folks aged 19+
Entry is $5 in advance or $10 at the door and includes snacks and a chance to be the trivia victor! Bonus: if you go to beer yoga from 7-8pm you get free entry into trivia. Tickets for both events are now available for sale at the greenhouse from 9am-6:30pm.
The BBQ dinner available for purchase will be BBQ chicken pesto, roasted potatoes, and a green salad. There will be a vegetarian option of a roasted veggie pesto pasta. Yum!
More details are available on the Facebook event page.