The Gardening Year is Well Under Way.

With all this sunny spring weather, the gardening year is well under way. Seeds have been planted and gardens have been made ready.

We like to use the pigs in our garden rotation, so they were on the main garden last fall and early winter.

Once the snows had melted & the ground had dried up , John used the BCS tiller & rotary plough to prepare the ground and make raised beds ready for planting.

The chickens also have an important gardening role, cleaning the soil of pests and weeds.

I like to use permanent no-till raised beds wherever I can. The soil warms up quickly in the spring and is ready for planting without too much work.

Onions & peppers started back in early March.

At the beginning of March I planted all my onion & leek seeds, as well as pepper and eggplants, which were all started in trays under grow lights in the warmth of the house. Once the onions had germinated they were moved into the greenhouse in order to make space for tomatoes and brassicas. These and other seedlings are all growing well in this mild April weather and some will soon be planted outdoors. I like to use organic, heirloom seeds whenever possible & buy most of my seed from Hope Seeds, a local organic, seed saving company situated close to Bridgetown in the Annapolis Valley. Buying local seeds is much like buying local foods from a farmer I know, in that it gives me the opportunity to meet the growers & I can be sure that the seed has been raised using organic principles & will be varieties suitable to grow in my climate. Heirloom seeds are open pollinated seeds that will grow the same variety of plant year after year. Many of them have been handed down through generations of gardeners and have passed the test of time, and are often thought of as the ‘old fashioned’ varieties with the best flavour. By growing & saving heirloom seeds, you can help to save the diversity of seeds available to future gardeners and if you want to grow a tomato that tastes like a tomato then choose an heirloom variety and you will never want to purchase tomatoes from the store again!  Besides the seedlings and transplants, I also have a bed full of mixed salad leaves in the greenhouse ready for harvesting, which I am offering for sale in 1/4 lb & 1/2 lb bags. So if anyone is looking for fresh, organic salad after the winter please call in at the farm and I’ll pick some for you.


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