• Plant Your Apartment Herb Garden

    Apr 16, 2018

    An herb garden is a perfect edible DIY project. It's amazing that it needs just a sliver of space to exist but will offer you months of fresh herbs to enhance your recipes. With both constant temperatures and consistent light (hopefully), indoor gardens have less to contend with than their outdoor counterparts, and can produce year-round results. To help you plant your own DIY herb garden, Timbercreek has a few tips.

    Start out Safe

    Where you locate your garden isn’t just a sun-question. Make sure it’s in a place people (including yourself) won’t bump into it, knock it over, or just take up valuable counter space. Outfit your garden in a spot that’ll be protected, so as not to get annihilated by a grocery bag, backpack, cat paw, or dish.

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    Structure

    The simplest option is loading up a number of individual pots with herbs. A better approach is the rectangular plastic or tin trough-type containers that hold a number of different plants together. With this, the soil benefits from the combined species and they can all be watered at once. Another possibility is a bookshelf-style garden with multiple levels holding different pots. They all work. The key here is being creative with your particular space.  

    Good Sun

    You’ll need to know how much sun your plants will need, and what they’ll get based on your windows and orientation. Most vegetables do best in 6+ hours of full sun. Some greens and herbs are happy with less. Surrounding buildings or trees can block the sun, and your orientation usually means there are very specific sun-soaked hours. Check to make sure you hit the minimum for the type of plants you want before you buy seedlings.

    Gearing Up

    You'll need the basic garden essentials:

    1. Pots: The size can vary depending on what you're growing, but make sure there's enough depth for roots to fully develop. Shoot for 8" in diameter.

    2. Soil: Generally easy to find at garden centers or hardware stores. Pick up a mix that's formulated for containers, not the garden soil variety.

    3. Plants: Farmers markets are a great local source for herb and vegetable seedlings. Again, hardware and garden stores normally have a decent selection as well.

    4. Extras: A trowel, watering can, mister (old windex bottle), and fertilizer. Learn more.

    Start with Seedlings

    No matter what you're growing, buy your herbs as seedlings, not seeds. Growing plants from scratch is actually way harder, especially with a small space and the average person’s time constraints. Go for established toddler herbs and veg from a farmers market or nursery. You'll get edible results much sooner and with less work. Learn more.

    Best for Beginners

    Basil is a great starter herb. It grows well, smells great, and tastes even better. It also lets you know right away if you’re watering enough - a good tell-tale for the rest of the garden. Other excellent starter herbs are chives, scallions, cilantro, mint (which grows like crazy, so be aware), as well as leafy greens (spinach, lettuce, arugula). Small tomatoes and hot peppers are good options too. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes these tips help you plant a killer indoor herb garden. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Our New Sustainability Initiative: Bee Suites

    Jul 20, 2017
        

    There is something serious going on with the world’s bee population. Pollinator bees are endangered and Timbercreek Communities has launched an exciting new initiative to help solve the problem. Introducing - Bee Suites!

    The Issue

    Did you know that bees pollinate fruit, nut and vegetable crops that make up 90% of the world’s nutrition? That means that 1 in 3 bites of food we eat is made possible by the pollinators who spread the pollen that crops need to grow.

    Worldwide bee populations are currently in crisis. They are dying from exposure to pesticides and habitat loss. That’s why Timbercreek Communities has launched Bee Suites, a Canada-wide initiative to help save endangered pollinator bees and the environment. Inspired by the work of Sustainable TO with other bee habitats Timbercreek Communities felt this was a natural fit for our company as providing homes is what we do!

    About The Initiative

    For the Bee Suites program, Timbercreek Communities will build Bee Suites - new habitats for endangered pollinator bees and divert waste from landfills. We plan to build Bee Suites on our rooftops across Canada.

    So what are Bee Suites? Simply put, they are new homes for pollinator bees. They are built from the old debris (closet and cabinet doors, sinks, tubs etc.) created from renovating our residential suites. They are sustainable new homes for pollinator bees and they divert this waste from landfills.

    The Roll Out

    Our first Bee Suite is located at Broadview Mansions, on the roof of the small garage behind 569 Broadview. It was installed during the week of June 26th, 2017, see more here. We can’t wait for our little friends to find it!

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    What To Expect

    Worried about living close to a bee population? There’s no need. Pollinator bees are barely noticeable and keep themselves busy by collecting pollen. They are focused in their work and don’t sting people unless stepped on or pinched. In fact, only 50% of bees (females) have stingers.

    Help Timbercreek save the bees and the environment by showing your support for The Bee Suites initiative. If you have any questions or concerns about the program, please contact beesuites@timbercreek.com.

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