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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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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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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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