Archive for July, 2011

Kale Chips

O.k, so I prob­a­bly plant­ed way too much kale. I was excit­ed about grow­ing it and had no idea just how pro­lific it would be. I was try­ing to get cre­ative about ways to cook and share the kale and I hit upon kale chips. If you haven’t tried them before, I high­ly rec­om­mend this tasty and healthy snack.


Green Wall/Bird Feeder

Elisa Yon dis­cov­ered an inter­est­ing project by a Mona Hatoum called The Hang­ing Gar­den. For this project Hatoum filled 770 jute sacks with seeds to cre­ate a 10 metre wall. These sacks sprout­ed trans­form­ing this impos­ing bar­ri­cade.


Bombs Away

We spent this week­end cre­at­ing some seed bombs. If you haven’t made your own bombs before. It’s quite sim­ple, you can use this recipe pro­vided by Andrea Bel­lamy on her blog Heavy Petal or check out this video by UK gueril­la gar­dener, Richard Reynolds. The basic ingre­di­ents are clay, seeds and com­post.


Nets

Meaghen Buck­ley cre­ated a series of nets along the rust­ed steel ele­ments on the edge of the Lab. She cro­cheted both nat­ural and syn­thetic fibres into large asym­met­ri­cal shapes cre­at­ing dif­fer­ent ten­sion points in the net which allows for the wind to move freely in and through.


Homes for Bees

Chelsea Trous­dell, one of our reg­u­lar vol­un­teers at the Lab brought some untreat­ed fir to make homes for mason bees. If you aren’t famil­iar with mason bees, they are a dark metal­lic blue/green colour and resem­ble black flies. They are soli­tary insects that nest near each oth­er but do not share a nest or hive. Females seek out holes in wood to use as a nest. Once the eggs are laid they will plug up the holes using mud, hence the name mason bee. These active pol­li­na­tors are great for veg­etable gar­dens and they are non-aggressive.


Upcoming Workshop: Sunday July 24th

Please join Dun­can Mar­tin and his chick­ens from Duncan’s Back­yard Hen­hous­es for an after­noon at the Bulk­head Lab. Dun­can will be lead­ing infor­mal demon­stra­tions and dis­cus­sions on the basics of prop­er care and keep­ing of small urban flocks of hens. This inter­ac­tive ses­sion will invite par­tic­i­pants to dis­cov­er best prac­tices for keep­ing small flocks of hens in their own back­yards.


Seed Bomb Making at the Bulkhead Lab

Join us for some seed bomb mak­ing at the Bulk­head Lab. We will form clay, com­post and seeds into small “bombs” to be lobbed at The Games are Open, a large-scale sculp­ture of a bull­dozer cre­ated by Berlin-based artists Köb­ber­ling and Kalt­wasser. Con­structed out of wheat board this sculp­ture is intend­ed to slow­ly decom­pose over time, even­tu­ally becom­ing a plant nurs­ery. The seed bombs will con­tribute to this bur­geon­ing ecosys­tem.