Sakura – Cherry Blossom

Aren’t they beautiful!  In established neighbourhoods across the prairies these wonderful pink blossoms are making their appearance.  They’ll only be here for a short time, so enjoy them while you can.  And, if you’re interested in harvesting cherries, make note of their location, because these lovely pink blossoms turn into delicious nanking cherries by the end of July.  But once the leaves come in, they’ll be hard to spot.

 

You’ll often see these 3-5 feet tall bushes as foundation plants or nestled amongst other bushes along property lines.   Like this…

Nanking cherries make the most amazing jelly and juices.  And if you’re really keen, even cherry clafoutis, pies or muffins.

A Garden Workshop in Steinbach

Fruit Share Steinbach is affiliated with a group called South Eastman Transition Initiative (SETI). This is the transition movement in Steinbach that focuses on growing and buying local, encouraging community, and sharing how to tread more lightly on our planet. Fruit Share as a program fits extremely well into our Transition group because Fruit Share focuses on picking local fruit and sharing it within the community.

SETI has regular monthly meetings on the fourth Thursday of every month. This month’s meeting has an organic gardening theme. I encourage you to join us and learn about:

  • Basic planting, weeding, and seeding techniques.
  • Sheet mulching instead of tilling sod to prepare you garden.
  • Companion planting, crop rotation, mulching, and green manure.

Enter to Win – Power of Positive

Fruit Share’s story will be one of the stories shared at The Power of Positive.  Why?  Because sharing and caring is a sure way to capture the power of positive.

And now, you have a chance to win a ticket to The Power of Positive – an event for women that promises to recharge, reconnect and relax you.

Simply comment on this post with one idea of how you stay positive and your name will be entered to win a complimentary ticket to this one day event held on Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 am to 4:30pm at the Prairie Theatre Exchange.  Tickets are $99.  The draw will be made from all entries received on Wednesday, April 25.

The Power of Positive will allow you to …

Spring 2012 Newsletter

Fruit trees across the city are starting to blossom, a sure sign that spring is here!  It’s time to gear up for Fruit Share 2012.

All registered fruit owners and volunteers of Fruit Share can expect to receive a copy of our Spring Newsletter in their email this week.  It’s filled with stats from last year and plans for the upcoming season.

You can view the newsletter here Spring 2012 Newsletter.

I can’t wait to see how much fruit we’ll harvest this year.

Will we reach 9,500lbs of fruit???