Monthly Archives: August 2012

Seasonal Recipe Round-Up: Zucchini Edition

Photo by clayirving, used under Creative Commons license

At this point, it’s pretty much a dusty old cliche that every gardener is frantically trying to unload squash on friends and neighbours at this time of the year.  However, some stereotypes exist for a reason, and this is one of them!  If your zucchinis are busting out of the garden faster than you can eat them, if you’ve started resorting to leaving baskets of zucchini on strangers doorsteps, or if you’ve ever played a rollicking game of summer squash baseball (the zucchinis are bats and the overgrown pattypans are the balls, in case you were wondering), this recipe round-up should help you out!  Continue reading

Haultain Common: The Season in Photos

Photo by Mike Large

As you may know, SLUGS has been partnering with the Haultain Common for 2012 and holding monthly workshops/work parties at the Common.  We’re stoked to have the chance to work with the Commoners because it gives us a chance to put all our gardening learning into practice while helping to build an amazing community food resource.

We’ve been snapping photos when we have a chance throughout the year, and I wanted to put them together in one place so you could see the evolution of what we’ve been working on.  From a dormant winter garden on a drafty February afternoon to a riotous food forest in the August heat, here is the season at the Common! Continue reading

Herbal First Aid Workshop: Sunday Aug 26th, 1-4 pm at the Fernwood Community Centre

Image by henna lion, used under Creative Commons license

Don’t call St John’s Ambulance when St John’s Wort will do! In this workshop, Community Herbalist Ali Jopp will teach you how to make medicine from plants that you can find in and around Victoria.

We’ll go over the components of a herbal first aid kit and learn about characteristics, harvest and uses of various medicinal plants, as well as how to make your own healing herbal concoctions.  Each participant will leave with  a salve, tincture, liniment and instructional zine!

Location:  The multipurpose room at the Fernwood Community Centre.  The FCC is just around the corner from the Compost Education Centre, at 1240 Gladstone St.  To reach the multipurpose room, head in the front doors and turn left.

Suggested donation:  $15-20 sliding scale, with no one turned away (I know this is higher than the cost of most SLUGS workshops, but it will help us cover the cost of materials and space rental.  As always, we have a “no one turned away” policy, so please don’t feel like you need to miss this workshop if the price is out of your budget.  We value community accessibility!)

Please email slugs.coordinator@gmail.com to register for this event

Bagels? Bagels!

Last week’s bagel workshop was a great time, and I left convinced that I could actually easily make my own bagels at home, which is impressive for someone as unskilled at bread-making as myself.  Karen McCallum, our most excellent facilitator has given me permission to reprint her bagel knowledge here, so click through to get a full bagel tutorial! Continue reading

Pickle Extravaganza Canning Workshop: Wed Aug 22nd, 6-9 pm

Photo by ZaKVTA, used under Creative Commons license

With summer in full swing, it’s time to get serious about putting up the produce from your garden or the local farmer’s market.  If you’re looking for a fast and easy way to fill your pantry, pickles are the way to go!  As an added bonus, they are incredibly delicious.  This workshop will explore basics of pickling, as well as covering modern hot-water bath canning techniques, equipment, safety issues, and resources for the home canner.

We will be trying out a cornucopia of different pickling recipes, so each participant will take home a jar of sweet pickled beets, a jar of zucchini dill pickles (the absolute best use for all those overgrown zucchinis you’ve been despairing of ever using up), and a jar of fruit pickles.

Location:  The straw bale building at the Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St, Victoria, BC

Suggested donation:  $10-$15 sliding scale (no one turned away)

Please email slugs.coordinator@gmail.com to register!

Winter Plant Sale and 20th Anniversary Party: Saturday August 18th from 10 am to 1 pm!

Haultain Common Tour and Work Party, Monday August 13th, 7-9 pm

Another great opportunity to tour this amazing community boulevard garden and food resource and lend a hand with a few tasks here and there.

The Common-ers and youth from the SLUGS program have been spending the season planning, building, weeding and harvesting at this rad communal garden space!  From a mostly bare boulevard in February to the bountiful food forest that exists now, it’s been a lot of work, but with really satisfying (and delicious) results.

Stop by on Monday August 13th to tour the Common, learn more about permaculture food forests and boulevard gardens, and help us do a bit of weeding.  We’ll be meeting at 7pm — the day’s heat will have mellowed by then, but we’ll still have plenty of light to work and talk and learn by.  Hope to see you there!

Location:  The Haultain Common, 1420 Haultain (at Asquith)

Cost:  free!