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You are the village

I read this article last week about how a man in Burlington, Iowa paid overdue lunch fees for 89 children. If you think these are isolated incidents, or new, you can read about many more here, here, and here. Arguably,…

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Making Tea

I made tea the other day, and it was straight from the garden. It was good! I had always imagined that you had to dry the leaves out before you could make tea, but I was pleasantly surprised to find…

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Dave’s Pollinators

The summer is coming to an end, and so is my time at Vita. It’s been great working here, and now I’m headed back to school for my third year! This also means that The Garden Buzz series is ending.…

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Zucchini Chips

The other day, I made zucchini chips. They were wonderful, and delicious, and I’ve made them a few more times already. Zucchini chip recipes are fairly easy to find online. This is one of the one’s I used to direct…

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Doug’s Roses

For the third episode of The Garden Buzz, I went to Watford, ON to visit Doug, who grows roses in his own garden and for the community garden in town. He showed me around his garden and explained to me…

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The Funny Farm

The second video of The Garden Buzz series is out! For this episode, I went to The Funny Farm (a small farm in Petrolia, Ontario). There, Jeff and Michelle Glass showed me some weed control methods that don’t involve pulling.…

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Val’s Bees

A couple weeks ago I had the chance to visit Val DeJong’s place. She has two bee hives in her back yard, and estimates that each hive houses about 20,000 to 30,000 bees. This was a new experience for me, …

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We’re Starting a Video Series!

Hi, I’m Alannah. I’m currently a student at St. Stephen’s University in New Brunswick, Canada, studying International and Religious Studies. I’m home for the summer, and am happy to be working at Vita as a student intern! As intern here…

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Asparagus – 3 Years from Seed to Harvest!

This perennial plant will appear once the ground warms up pushing up edible spears or shoots that can grow up to 4” – 6” per day. Planting asparagus from seed will take up to 3 years before harvesting and yearly…

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Now’s the time for peas.

Peas can be direct sown in early April as soon as the ground is fit, 5 – 6 weeks prior to the last frost.  Seeds may rot if the soil is too wet or below 40 Fahrenheit.  Succession planting every…

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Potato Tubers

Cured potato tubers or pieces should be planted about three weeks before the last spring frost, however we have practiced for many years at our Homestead around Easter time as a good indicator for planting this crop.   Potatoes are…

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