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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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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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Extra Tips For Your Cold Frame Project? Yes Please!

A lot of people have asked for more information about the use of cold frames for their gardens over the winter. We’ve put together some more in-depth tips below. Soil/Plant Maintenance During the winter months, watering and maintaining fertility levels…

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Heirloom Vegetables For The Next Ten Years?

Over the past several years we have grown heirloom varieties of vegetables on our farm. Along with the popularity of these varieties, it allows us the option of saving seeds and is one way of being sustainable, self sufficient and…

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Leeks – a delicious cold season crop

Leeks are another cold season crop we love to plant that is a cousin of the onion and a member of the allium family.  The Leeks flavour is in their white stems where it is blanched underground from the sunlight,…

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Carrots perfect for Winter Forraging

Getting ready to feast on root vegetable crops such as beets and carrots over the winter months requires the knowledge of the germination and maturity dates of these cold season varieties prior to the first frost date in your zone.…

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Identifying Tomato Diseases…

Tomatoes are probably the most common variety of vegetables grown in gardens.  Weather fluctuations with temperature and moisture swing can however spawn diseases and knowing how to identify these signs will make for a healthier plant.   One example of…

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Common garden insects

Other garden insects such as the potato beetle adult and their larvae will eat the flowers and leaves of your potato plants resulting in stunting and killing off the plant. They will also attack other members of solanaceae family such…

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