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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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Flowers As A Defence For Your Garden?

There have been a lot of questions about ‘trap crops’ and what plants, other than Geraniums, are recommended. Along with Geraniums as a trap crop, other flowers used as companion plants and intercropping practices may be from flower varieties whose …

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Geraniums–Those Beautiful Trap Crops!

If you like Geraniums, we’ve got some good news for you. It’s that time of year when we need to consider starting geraniums from seed. A note of caution for first-timers: Geraniums are slow from seed, so they need to…

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Kageyo Garden Project Update – Jan 2016

Here’s some photos that I just received from our friend Theo in Kageyo, Rwanda. His photos show the great progress of the vegetables in the Keyhole Gardens. If you’d like to support the Kageyo Garden Project, feel free to visit…

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Seed Sense

Advantages of participating in germinating your own seed  program for transplanting plugs are the varieties you can source from seed catalogues, or managing the satisfaction of seed saving as a sustainable practice.  A disadvantage of buying your  plants from a…

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Why Choose The Chard?

At our farm, our African keyhole garden has provided us with a variety of cold season vegetables. Beets, kale, brussel sprouts and swiss chard are still providing us with food at temperatures below -10 degrees Celsius (as of January 14,…

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Winter Crop Leek & Potato Soup.

It’s minus 6 degree Celsius on Tuesday afternoon, January 6, 2016 here at our Homestead.  I have decided to take advantage of a beautiful sunny but cold afternoon to monitor our cold season vegetable polytunnels and harvest some of our…

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Do small things with great love

Lots of people reflect more at the beginning of the New Year, it seems only natural: a fresh start, a blank page on which the year’s adventures are yet to be writ. While I am usually pretty introspective, I find…

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The 7 secrets of cold composting

Continuing our fall cleanup, I decided to prepare another compost pile. Spent vegetables, piled leaves from autumn raking, kitchen vegetable scraps and wood debris will be used for the carbon nitrogen recipe. Because our homestead has sufficient locations to create…

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Voles: The Enemy Within

Monitoring and taking inventory of your extended winter harvest should become a daily habit. There’s nothing better than foraging and harvesting fresh ripe vegetables the day you prepare them for eating.   At our farm, the inventory of cold season…

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How To Protect Your December Broccoli Crop (!)

It’s December 2015 and everyone (with the possible exception of Christmas hard-liners) is enjoying the warmer weather (15° Celsius yesterday).   This is especially true for our fellow gardeners and fans. And its especially, especially true for those of us …

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