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Fall Newsletter 2015


Well, the gardening season sure flew by this year, and from the looks of things everyone had success with their harvests. It’s quickly coming up on time to close up the garden for the season. A few things need to be done to put it to bed for the winter. Please note that water delivery has now ended for the season.

Help with the compost
To make space for the garden waste from all of our plots, Marc needs help with the compost.  Materials need to be moved along from one composter to another. As well, a front needs to be added to one of the bins. Anyone able to help with this task, please contact Marc at

Cleaning out the garden beds
Please make sure your garden plot is emptied out and weeds are removed from around your plot by the end of October. Non-weed materials can go in the composter once the work mentioned above is done. Weeds can be placed in the garbage bins marked “WEEDS”.

Dirt for your garden plot
There is still extra dirt on the ground at the front of the garden near the picnic table. Please help yourself if you need to top up the level in your garden.

Recording your donations
Don’t forget to track your produce donations. One of the conditions of our lease with the City of Yellowknife is that each garden plot donates ¼ of its yield to a registered charity organization. Please track your donation using the online form. There is a list of organizations on the page.

Sauerkraut Workshop – Saturday, October 17
Do you have more cabbage then you know what to do with? Please join Amy Lam for a hands-on sauerkraut-making workshop! Amy will walk us through the steps to make this delicious probiotic.
When:   Saturday October 17 from 1:30 to 2:30
Where:  Abe Miller Building kitchen (4912-53 street).
Cost:     By donation

To reserve a space (maximum of 20 people) please contact Karla at or 445-7761 by October 14.

Participants will need to bring a 1 L clean glass jar (mason jar, old pickle jar or Fido clamp style jar), a cutting board, and a cabbage. You may also want to bring your favourite knife, but not necessary.

Trails End Community Association AGM
The 2015 AGM will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16 at 6 Trails End (Linda and Tom’s place). Please make sure that all members of the Association are present, or assign a proxy. Download a proxy form here.

A big thank you to Bromley and Sons
Once again, a big thank you this season to Bromley and Sons for supplying our water for the garden. By way of thanks, gardeners dropped off a large basket of produce and goodies to the water depot. We couldn’t do it without you, Bromley and Sons!


Questions about the Trails End Community Garden? Please contact Dawn Curtis at 446-6169 or Myka Jones at 446-2447, or by email at 

Garden Opening Meeting Tuesday, May 12  7:30 – 8:30

The 2015 Garden Opening Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 12 from 7:30 to 8:30 at the garden. Please review the Garden Guidelines beforehand, and make sure at least one gardener for your plot is in attendance. A contact information sheet will be handed out at the meeting, so let us know if you do not want your information shared.

Work Bees
Several work bees will be held in May and June. Some of the jobs we know need to get done right away are connecting the water, repairing several garden boxes, and shovelling dirt and gravel. There will be a sign-up sheet at the Season Opening Meeting.

Questions? Please contact Dawn Curtis at 446-6169 or
Myka Jones at 446-2447, or by email at 

Seed Sharing Event – YK Public Library – Sunday, March 15

Seed Sharing: Hosted by the Yellowknife Community Garden Collective.

Do you have extra seeds that you are not sure what to do with? Perhaps you are looking to try growing a new vegetable but do not want to commit to purchasing an entire package from a catalogue? Come down to our seed sharing event on March 15th with your extra seeds (or a small donation) and swap seeds with your fellow gardeners. This is also a wonderful opportunity to share gardening knowledge with or to learn from other gardeners.

No gardening experience required! All levels of gardening experience are welcome to the event.

When: Sunday March 15th 2015
Drop in anytime between 1:30 – 3:00pm. (Come early for best selection!)
Where: Yellowknife Public Library (in the Library Meeting Room)

City of Yellowknife 2015 Gardening Workshops

Hello Gardeners,

The City of Yellowknife is hosting five gardening workshops from now until late April.

The first workshop is being hosted next week by Lone Sorenson, called “Time to Plan Your Food Garden”.

Time to Plan Your Food Garden (15 years+)
Course ID 16626
15 Yrs. and over
Wednesday Feb-18-2015
7:00PM – 9:30 PM
PSAV Multi Purpose Room-Multiplex

Getting serious about growing local food for yourself and/or for the Farmer’s Market? If you are interested in or committed to growing your own food garden, or for growing food for the Farmer’s Market, the middle of winter is the right time to get started. In this workshop, you will learn how to be organized and ready to grow incredibly nutritious vegetables this coming growing season. You will learn how to select seeds that grow well in our North of 60 climate and how to plan your garden for maximum yields, including a strategy to ensure good soil conditions. You will learn where and how to order seeds and other supplies that may be hard to find locally. You will also get ideas on how to expand your garden or build a new garden.

Other City of Yellowknife gardening workshops

(see the Winter 2015 Recreation Guide website to register)

  1. How to Start Your Tomato Seedlings (March 11, 2015) ($16.75): Learn how to start your tomato seedlings indoors using the soil block method: save on space, time, and money. You will learn how to make small soil blocks into which you can plant your tomato seeds. Also learn how to transplant seedlings from a small block to a larger ones, and to eventually outdoors.
  2. How to Grow Food in Small Spaces (April 1, 2015)($16.75): Growing food in small spaces is a state of mind! You will learn how to look at the space you currently have and find ways to expand it. Find out about different creative options available to your particular situation. Using concrete examples from the instructor’s own garden and greenhouse, you will discover new spaces and ways to grow food you did not know existed!
  3. Starting Seedlings for Outdoor Growing (April 8, 2015) ($16.75): Learn how to start seedlings for your food garden such as cabbage, cauliflower and other food plants that are suited for the North of 60 climate. All materials are provided.
  4. Ready, Set, Plant! (April 29, 2015) ($16.75): Getting ready to plant can be tricky. In this workshop, you will learn; how to do your own soil testing; and how to prepare your soil; the best time to plant; how to direct seeds and transplant seedlings; and how to properly care for your spring garden.