Down to the nitty gritty..

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Building amazing growing soil is an affair of a few years…. Be patient!  And in the meantime, you may want to use seed starter soil.  Almost any type of soil can be turned into garden soil. The key is to know about it’s composition, pH and structure.  This knowledge will guide your next actions.

Ideally, garden soil structure should be composed of about half pore space per volume, which will contain water and air, and half solids, a mineral portion that contains at least 5% organic matter. The water retaining capacity of soil is key if you want to reduce the amount of work you do. Additions of composts, perlite, and/or vermiculite are various ways to improve soil structure and water retaining ability.  pH is essential as it helps determine how available to plants nutrients are. Visit us at the Budding Farmers table this summer to know more about nutrient availability and understanding this chart that will help you diagnose what might be wrong with your soil.

If you want to be a serious gardener, be ready to invest some money to get your soil tested.  Contact us at the Farmer’s market to get oriented.  


Northern Gardening Tips

Yellowknife Farmers Market is pleased to bring you “Northern Gardening Tips” – a series of short gardening write-ups by tried and true northern farmers Caroline Lafontaine and Christine Barker.

Just a few lines in length, these weekly posts will get you thinking about what you could be doing in your garden on that particular week – a gardening timeline so to speak!  Most of the write-ups will also provide a link to other useful sites to help you on your gardening journey.

Yellowknife needs more gardeners and sustainable local food solutions, if this inspires you to want to do more, contact us!

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest tips, or continue to follow this blog to read everything that’s been posted so far.

Coming up Sunday: "Time to start those seedlings!"