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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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Polytunnels and Cold Frames

The week of March 4th we planted our cold frame vessel with arugula, endive, maché, spinach and onions along with a centre row of onions in our polytunnel. The first day of Spring – March 20th, the germination of these…

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Time to Prune

After planting cold frames and polytunnels with cool tolerant crops, we picked a cloudy day when the trees are not frozen, the sky is overcast and not too sunny, to take inventory of our fruit trees. In late winter when…

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Salad Jumpstart

  The last week in February, we spoke about preparing our soil in our mini polytunnel and cold frame vessels located in our unheated greenhouse to plant some cold tolerant greens. After observing that our soil temperature was above freezing,…

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8 Easy to Grow & Safe Flowers

To create beautiful front to back borders, Cosmos, Marigolds and Bachelor Buttons are not only easy seeds to save and grow but will frame a stepping structure towards taller plants.   Zinnias, Morning Glory, Holly Hocks and Sunflowers are also…

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