Showing posts from May, 2008

Last Planting of Potatoes.....

All our potatoes are now in the ground as of yesterday! Our first planting has emerged nicely, so we should have good early potatoes this year! Planting seed potatoes is very quick thanks to our handy planter! I get to sit on the seat with a 'stick' and make sure the potatoes flow out of the hopper at a consitent rate and make sure they are being planted properly. Ben justs puts her in high gear and drives straight! Enjoy the pics.....

Planting Sweet Corn!

Our sweet corn was a failure last year. So hot and dry, germination was crappy to begin with, so to all our customer's disappointment, we had hardly any good sweet corn to offer. We are trying very hard this year and today we planted our first 24 rows! I am also making plans to freeze it once again to offer our customers this fall! We are planning to run sweet corn from early summer to late fall, so this will make up for last year! Get ready for some super sweet corn! Our organic neighbours let us rent their big drill implement, so it is fast planting!

Planting 80 Varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes!!

With a bit of planning and preparation, the heirlooms have hit the soil! Just over 80 varieties are now in the field and I am seriously wondering what the hell I've gotten myself into! Even Ben is shaking his head. LOLOLOL! With the help of my stepdaughter, we managed to flag each different variety, as we all have a lot of learning to do! Particular varieties we are excited about are: "Great White", "Ceylon", "Carbon", "Green Grape" (this one is nice, grew about 5 plants last year, about 50 plants this year!) "Painted Ukrainian", "Polish Pastel", "Aunt Ruby's German Green", "Pruden's Purple", "Red Fig", "Pink Oxheart", "Bull's Heart", "Heart of Compassion" just to name a few. Big, small, purple/blacks, greens, pinks, reds, some very old and rare varieties, YUM! Now the maintaining begins!

"Who needs Nature? We need nature!" -David Suzuki.

Yesterday was a great day. We participated at the Brickworks off the Don Valley, home of Evergreen (RE-THINK SPACE) who hosted in partnership with Seeds of Diversity and the David Suzuki Foundation, an event called "Wild Things with Wings", all about Pollinators. The highlight was David Suzuki as the key note speaker with an indepth, 15 minute talk with pivitol key points about the human machine and it's effect on our natural world. He went way beyond pollinators as he said at the beginning "We all know pollination is important and all that and I'm trying to think in a broader sense of why pollinators & gardening matters....We've lost that connection with nature. Pollinators are something if you think about it, so obviously important for our survival and yet most of us live in the city, we live i