Last night a member asked me to identify a beautiful yellow flower in her garden. It was her Pak Choi, bolting! Quick! Catch it!
Ok, that is a bad gardening joke, but really, it means that the growth is running away on the plant and happening way faster than usual. In a space like ours, this happens quickly. You can water and weed on a Friday and come back to a plot full of yellow and white flowers on Sunday! Your plant just got too hot and sensed the end was near – so put out flowers in an attempt to rapidly create a new generation before its demise.
What was odd about her situation, was that she didn’t actually plant a pak choi in her garden… and this is the other side of bolting. If you do not take care of those flowers, they will send out their seeds to take root in other plots.
In some plants, especially herbs, you can often reverse the bolting by cutting off the flowers and trimming back the leaves. However, if your pak choi, lettuce, spinach and broccoli are going, there isn’t much hope for them. You can still harvest the leaves – so don’t just throw them out.
In the greenhouse, this means we are seeing a lot of yellow flowers in the trash. Please remember to compost your green matter, and in the case of bolting flowers, either eat them (cilantro flowers = coriander if you dry them) or put them in the weed bin.
From June 13th until September 26th, every Tuesday, the much anticipated Arctic Market will be hosted in the Inuvik Community Greenhouse. From 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, the Greenhouse will open it’s doors to vendors, locals, and tourists. Since starting on the 13th, we have seen a huge success with the market and want to thank everyone involved for the tremendous start to the season.
The market makes a space available for vendors to sell their local products and food. This includes anything from craft work to homemade baked goods, and even sushi. It’s also a great way to enjoy the beautiful space the greenhouse provides. We hope you enjoy the market season from now until September!
If you’re interested in becoming a vendor, please email email@example.com. The cost per table each night is $5 and $50 for the season. If you need electrical, it will cost $10 a night, and $100 per season. If you’re a non-profit or charitable organization, no need to worry – you’re table cost is covered! Keep in mind that if you are a food vendor, you must have a food permit and have a printed copy on you for the duration of the market or you cannot have a table.
We welcome everyone to come check out the market and hope to see you in the future!
This year, the Town of Inuvik has decided not to hold a Saturday market. They were looking at a weekday market, and the greenhouse has offered up its space as a dry, climate controlled location for vendors.
The market will be on Tuesday evenings, from June 13 – September 26th. 6pm – 8:30pm.
To make this a success, we need lots of vendors to take part -and this is open to everyone in the community! So far, we have local craft work, local art, Patrick’s famous loaves and chilli, the youth centre, sushi, and much more! We hope that you will make the greenhouse a stop on your way home on Tuesday night!
Every year, we hear that people think we are full – well, this year we still have not only regular sized plots, but little plots for those who worry that they don’t have the time or energy to commit to a full space. Contact Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s get growing!
Hate to wait weeks/months for your plants to produce food? Then sprouting may be your answer! Come on down to Science Rendezvous today from 11-3 to learn about sprouting! We will be offering sprouting workshops throughout the summer, so watch this space.