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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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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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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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