Posts Tagged ‘Bulkhead Lab’

Grow Seed Exchange

The nights are get­ting dark­er, the days crisper and the leaves are start­ing to turn. As fall is now here, we want­ed to take a moment to acknowl­edge the hard work and effort of all the peo­ple that con­tributed to Grow with a spe­cial event called the Seed Exchange.


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.


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.


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.


The Bulkhead Urban Agriculture Lab

the bulkhead site

The Grow project has tak­en up the tran­si­tional state of the Bulk­head site, installing a series of pro­vi­sional plat­forms for grow­ing herbs, veg­eta­bles, fruit and mush­rooms. Many plat­forms have been installed and new ones are being added as the Lab grows and expands over the sum­mer.


Stuffed Pallet

Today, we put togeth­er a ver­ti­cal pal­let to grow straw­ber­ries.  We lined the inside of the pal­let with a weed block fab­ric and sealed it with addi­tion­al boards from anoth­er pal­let.


Planting

After a trip to the nurs­ery, we spent the day plant­i­ng. When we got on site, we dis­cov­ered that our friend from the Vil­lage had giv­en us a head start and plant­ed some seeds…radishes, let­tuce, chard and car­rots.


Roots and Herbs

Today we added the palette plat­forms for the pota­toes. We lined cof­fee sacks donat­ed by Ori­gins Cof­fee Com­pa­ny with land­scape fab­ric to help hold in mois­ture and block out light. We hope this method will allow is to get a good har­vest of pota­toes. We have five sacs pre­pared for plant­i­ng.


Tomatoes Passed On

At the end of the day, after we fin­ished fill­ing the super sacs with soil, a neigh­bour from the senior’s com­plex in the Vil­lage came by to ask if we would like some toma­toes.  She went home and col­lect­ed a hand­ful of seedlings and gave us a quick demon­stra­tion on trans­plant­i­ng.  We didn’t have access to water set up just yet so we end­ed up fill­ing a con­tain­er at a near­by water foun­tain. We man­aged to get them wet enough for over night.


Bit by Bit

After get­ting the walk­way and demo stage put togeth­er. We moved on to build­ing the pal­let plat­forms to sup­port the super sacs. We filled each sac with about 2 feet of soil. The rim of the sacs will pro­vide some pro­tec­tion from the ele­ments.


Yardworks Donates 8 Cubic Yards of Soil

We are very grate­ful to Yard­works for their dona­tion of soil to the Grow project. It’s an excel­lent blend that will pro­vide good nutri­tion for our plants.


Gargantuan Rosemary Finds Home

Lam­oureux Archi­tect is in the process of remod­el­ing their offices and Brad Lam­oureux and Anne Maison­neuve kind­ly offered their rose­mary plant to the Grow project. It was a long jour­ney for this large rose­mary.


Cleaning around the edges and under the mound

It was a rare sun­ny after­noon for our site clean-up. We approached the clean up with a light touch in some places and in others…it took a lot of cut­ting, pulling and thrash­ing.


The Bulkhead Lab is taking shape

Today, thanks to a kind dona­tion from Yard­works we received 8 cubic yards for rain­for­est mix soil.


Design Nerds Jam 5.6 Grow

The Grow Design Jam 5.6 brought the Design Nerds and the Grow project togeth­er for some cre­ative, col­lec­tive brain­storm­ing around grow­ing food, col­lect­ing water and com­post­ing at the Bulk­head Lab. Ocean and Ali­cia and I intro­duced the Jam with some infor­ma­tion about the Design Nerds, Grow and a look at some inno­v­a­tive art, design, and archi­tec­ture projects that use liv­ing mate­ri­als.