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KCHC teams up with Suzuki Foundation to connect residents, pollinators

Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC) is challenging you to create a Butterflyway this summer.   According to the David Suzuki Foundation, “Wild pollinators such as butterflies and bees are crucial to human survival. Climate change, development and widespread pesticide use are compromising their habitat and food sources. The Butterflyway Project aims

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Watering restrictions begin in Kingston this week

The City of Kingston’s annual seasonal watering restrictions go into effect on Tuesday, Jun. 15, 2021. Until September 15, residents and businesses with odd-numbered addresses may water on odd-numbered days, while evens may water on even-numbered days.  The City of Kingston’s Water By-law allows residents and businesses to:  Use a hand-held hose, can or bucket any time on their scheduled day  Use

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Odessa garden supports Kingston’s vulnerable community

The stories we tell as we till the land are stories that we will carry with us always” A little patch of land in Odessa — transformed into Jalal Community Charity Garden — has touched the lives of so many people. The property owner, the organizers, the volunteers and the

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KASSI offers local seeds for community gardeners

Looking for open-pollinated seeds for your long weekend planting? Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI) will have two locations this Saturday, May 22, where gardeners can pick up seeds suitable for growing food, and for seed saving at maturity. The seeds will be available on a first come, first served

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Local youth grows seedlings to support India’s COVID-19 relief

A local youth is raising money to support India during this difficult period of the pandemic, through the Canadian Red Cross’s India COVID Response Appeal. And with the warmer weather finally upon us, local gardeners can help her out. Lilah Booth, a grade eight student at RG Sinclair Public School,

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Planting for pollinators this spring is easy and beneficial

More and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of planting pollinator friendly gardens. A pollinator is anything that carries pollen from the male part of the flower (anthers) to fertilize the female part of the flower (stigmas) and help it reproduce. In Canada, most pollinators are insects like

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Seed Stewards renew commitment to caring for local heirloom seeds

After the closure of the Sisters of Providence Heirloom Seed Sanctuary in Kingston two years ago, the seeds in their possession were gifted to the Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI) and Ratinenhayén:thos, an Indigenous seed stewardship organization at Tyendinaga. At that time a Rematriation Ceremony was held, with everyone

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Rain barrels available to Utilities Kingston customers

This spring, Utilities Kingston is selling rain barrels to their customers. The barrels will be delivered to your home, and the cost is added to your next utility bill. Rain barrels are an excellent way to capture spring showers, and not worry about watering restrictions during the summer season. Utilities

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Learn to attract pollinators to your yard with online event

The Land Conservancy for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington are hosting a free online event for area residents interested in ecological restoration and preserving local habitats. “Some plants are especially beneficial to insects and to birds. They are attractive and contribute to ecological restoration, which contributes to species well-being,” said

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Seedy Saturday moves to virtual seed swap gatherings

Gardeners in Kingston and area will be glad to hear Seedy Saturday is back for 2021. After having to cancel the 2020 seed swap mere days before the event, the celebration of seeds and gardening is up and running, in a new online format. According to a release from the

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Insider tips to start your garden right

Local gardeners can feel spring approaching, even during the very cold sunny days of February. Those of us with a green thumb are already turning to thoughts of garden planning and seed starting, despite the cold Canadian winter we’ve been enjoying, mostly from home. A few local gardening businesses have

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A moment of sarcastic joy: A professional gardener shares her biggest pet peeves

Originally, this article was supposed to come out to all of you a few weeks ago. I was going to write about starting seeds for your spring vegetable and flower gardens. It is amazing how on-point that article would have been. I never wrote that article and have not had

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