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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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Good gardening reads for a winter day

With spring quickly approaching, many of us will feel the urge to start growing and getting our hands dirty. There are some seeds, mainly flowers, tomatoes, and peppers, that can be started this early, however most will need to wait for another couple of weeks at least. In that time,

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Seedy Saturday offers local green thumbs an early start to their gardening

Gardeners, from novice to expert, take note: The Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI) will be holding their annual Seedy Saturday on Saturday, Mar. 14, 2020. “Seedy Saturday is a warm-spirited celebration of seeds, gardening and community,” says Dianne Dowling, Kingston Area Seed System Initiative board member. “By March, gardeners are really

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Grow your own food — at least a little bit

In our current environmental climate, we are all looking for areas where we can adjust our lives to lower our carbon footprint. In Canada, it is estimated that 28 per cent of the annual emissions are from transportation. A large part of the transportation industry is the movement food from

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‘Drier months are ahead’ – Seasonal watering restrictions begin

  Utilities Kingston is advising the public that the seasonal watering restrictions have begun in the city. The restrictions are in effect from Sunday, Jun. 15, 2019 to Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, and are in effect to ensure a reliable supply of adequate water reserves and pressure, along with fire

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Water Conservation Garden offers ‘green’ learning experiences for all ages

  Sustainability and conservation are key factors in surviving our current climate emergency. Taking small steps to reduce our carbon footprint, being mindful of creating waste, and conserving water are small changes everyone can make to help reduce our impact on the environment. Keeping all these things in mind, it

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Spring garden check-up

  Every spring, we patiently wait as the snow slowly melts, revealing the garden hidden below. As soon as we see small traces of green, we are eager to jump right in and let our green thumb try again for another year. Before you dig out your gloves and pruners,

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