Monday, May 25, 2009

Get DIRTY this Wed May 27, plus Annual Plant Swap & Sale

This Wednesday May 27, there is another place in Iqaluit
to get REALLY DIRTY...
Iqaluit Greenhouse Soil Mixing starting at 7pm!

If anyone is interested in volunteering for the swap or putting up GH posters around town, please let me know, Karen Mackenzie (

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Mix it up Wed May 27!!!

Our Prez sends out a Green Alert for W May 27, 2009

You didn't make it to
Soil Mixing Saturday?
Here's Your Chance to
Get Dirty
starting at 7pm Wednesday May 27...
Soil Mixing Wednesday Night!!!

Pix from Saturday, May 23, at the Greenhouse at 11 a.m.
Even if you don't have time to stay, feel free to stop by and say hi to the other members!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Super Spuds in Greenland

Some growing news from Nuuk...

Greenlandic Super Potatoes

The potato crop in Greenland has produced some super healthy potatoes which are better than their foreign counterparts. Curious researchers are now carrying out a study on the super potatoes.

Sermitsiaq, May 17, 2009 (

There is something about the Greenlandic earth that is preventing fungus diseases like mould from attacking and destroying Greenlandic potatoes and it has piqued the interest of Danish researchers, reports Politiken S√łndagnewspaper.

Potato farmers from Denmark and many other countries are often faced witha fight against mould, which destroys the shoots, or reduces the qualityand growth of the crop. Researchers have sought for years to uncover theunexplainable mechanisms and are now starting to see some results.

‘We have established that there is mould present in the earth in Greenland that is of the same kind as that in Denmark. At the same time, we have found bacteria, that is not present in Danish soil and which is thought to be especially suitable for Greenland’s climate conditions. The laboratory tests show that it releases substances that inhibit mould. But we don’t know precisely which substances in the bacteria are effective, it could also be the cold which hampers the mould’s growth, or a combination of the two,’ said microbiologist Peter Stougaard to Politiken.
Stougaard is an associate professor at the Department of Agriculture and Ecology at the University of Copenhagen.

‘If we can identify a bacteria that can inhibit the growth of damaging mould at low temperatures, then we open the possibility of using it to protect potato crops grown in other cold locations, such as Alaska that are plagued by mould. It could lead to treating the potatoes with bacteria before they are put in the ground,’ said Stougaard.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Iqaluit Community Greenhouse Society

Welcome to the new blog for members of the Iqaluit Community Greenhouse Society!

This blog is a collaborative work-in-progress so check back often.

Exciting upcoming events include:

- Gardening 101

- May 30 - Plant & Seed Swap

And did we say meetings? Can't forget that...

Come Grow With Us!

Only $25 and a committment of 15 hours of volunteer time during our 3rd growing season! Please contact members of the board for membership forms at