I signed up to my new locality’s local newspaper a few weeks ago. Figured that if I was to integrate well into the community, I might as well learn as much about it as possible. Lo and behold, the first edition that I received had a very interesting letter to the editor. This is the story of how I responded.
The letter that caught my eye that evening was of a local gentleman who bemoaned the fact that a 200 acre lot of the forest bordering his rural road had been clear-cut, subsequently not replanted, and that the now-empty plots were an eyesore to the area. Continue reading Guest Post: Convincing the masses to make the best of a bad situation
The class is cancelled
It is good to be able to grow ones food, but in our Northern climate, it is almost as important to be able to preserve the summer’s bounty to go through the lean months of winter.
A low energy and low-tech technique for preserving vegetables (meat, grains, and dairy also) is to ferment them. Not only does fermentation extends the shelf life of food, it also enhances its nutritional value and taste.
During this 2.5 hrs workshop, master herbalist Rain Lill will teach the participant the basics of lacto-fermentation of vegetables. Participants will get a chance to practice the skills and make their own jar of sauerkraut from local vegetables. Continue reading Fermentation Workshop
We spent the weekend working around the property. Cleaning up beds and transplanting. After planting the Goji’s down the one HugelKulture bed we decided to add some edible plants around the bottom of the beds and in-between the Goji bushes. So we decided on putting in some Husta’s on one side and Lillie’s down the other. Once they fill in under the Goji’s the issue with unwanted growth will be reduced greatly.
On Monday we had some time to start transplanting our grape vines. At the top of the Hugel field was where we decided they would go. We built a raised bed out of a mixture of sandy loam and pond dirt and transplanted about half the grape vines. This coming weekend we will plant the rest.
Tonight, Wed. Sept 17 2014 we removed all the tomato plants from the Hugel field and in these beds we will plant more raspberry canes which have done extremely well in these types of raised beds.
Have a great week
This past weekend on the farm we started planting Goji berry bushes in one of the older more mature Hugelkulter beds. The season for our annual crops is starting to come to an end and these beds are now 3 years old and need to have some perennial plants put into them. The bushes were put in at 5 ft on centre and offset down each side of the bed and then mulched in with straw.
We also had time to work a little on the nursery which is coming along nicely and has new plantings in it such as Siberian Pine nuts, High Bush Cranberry’s, Black Locust, some apple root stock and some new plantings of American Mountain Ash.
Keep in mind that we have a few 3 year old High Bush Cranberries, Black Walnuts and some Honey Locust for sale. Please feel free to contact us if you need some for fall planting.
Have a great week