2015 Community League Showcase Award

Marlene Wurfel attended the 2015 Edmonton Federation of Community League’s Showcase Gala this summer to accept a spotlight award on behalf of the Parkallen Community Garden and the Parkallen Community League. The all-ages gardening projects at the Parkallen Community Garden were 1 of 5 outstanding projects showcased by the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues at …

Gentlegardeners: Start your seeds

It’s that time of year: Parkallen Gardeners: Start your seeds! Brent has special-ordered seeds from North Carolina where the PuckerButt Pepper Company claims to have cultivated the hottest pepper ever grown in the history of the world. Of course we’re willing to swap seedlings this Spring. What are you growing? We’re on eggshells over here waiting …

Gorgeous Garden

Isn’t it gorgeous?  I think so. It’s a dry fall though, so remember to lug a watering can full of water from the rain barrels to our thirsty veggies when you can. The rain barrels are behind the shed against the hall. Also, if you see a nice big artichoke, please take it home and …

Spring Snaps

Last year’s giant pumpkin was so beloved that we’ve planted another Big Max variety. The pumpkin seedling arrived at the PCG this spring in a baby stroller, of course. Double-wide, of course. She has her own bed of organic soil at the PCG. No chemicals are ever used to make Maxine big — just a …

Guilt in the Garden by Marlene Wurfel

Since I’ve been directing the Parkallen Sprouts and the Parkallen Community Garden, I’ve been getting a new look from some of my neighbours that I didn’t used to – it’s one that signifies intense garden-related-guilt. “No, Marlene,” they tell me when I drop by their homes, “please don’t look at my garden. It’s so full …

Sitting Pretty

Diggers: Our garden is so lush and productive. It is gorgeous to look at, tasty to harvest from, and so very easy to hand pull weeds out of the loamy soil in which the edible vegetables we planted are thriving. The lasagne gardening technique we deployed to build the soil is clearly a raging success. …

Sprouts Bed Construction

Last spring, 2011, we started with this: A big swath of lawn, a bail of hay, a stack of cardboard, some muscle, and a vision. This spring we have this: An all-ages community garden with lots of room to grow. Our lasagne gardening was a success. Without tilling the earth, we built a large tract …

September is Harvest Time

It’s harvest time and we’re celebrating with a Parkallen Community Harvest Potluck at the Parkallen Hall. Parkallenians of all ages are welcome. Bring a dish that features something you grew, wild harvested, or purchased from a local, sustainable source like a vendor at the farmer’s market or Eat Local First. The potluck meal is at 6:00 p.m. on …