Organic Seedling Sale

I can’t resist  a good plant sale or Nursery, seeking out new and different varieties ! I just heard about this local farm! Thanks Genie!  It’s  family run, and  they have had it for generations,  The Greene Farm! All of their vegetable seedlings are organic. There is a really good selection of Tomatoes, assorted veggies, herbs as well as perennials, annuals and shrubs. Fun for any gardener to visit! I’ve copied a list, below,  of times and location for any of you that live here and would like to check them out! 🙂

Plant List for April 28/29, 2018 Sale

Dates for Plant Sales this year:

Saturday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 12, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 13, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 19, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 26, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Our Location:

We’re located at 1500 Munro Rd., in North Saanich, BC.

  Prices (unless otherwise marked):

1 gallon — $8.00 each

            4” — $3.00 each

            2” — $1.50 each

            4-packs — $2.00 each

            Tomatoes in 1 gallon pots — $5.00 each or 3 for $14.00

*******    PLEASE NOTE     *******

Because of the cold spring, we will not have cucumbers, squash, and melons at the April 28/29 sale.  We will have those for the sales in May.

Also, we will have only a few varieties of peppers and basil this weekend, and the tomato plants are still pretty small.  (I suggest you wait until the May 12/13 sale.)  There will also be more selection of annuals as well at the May sales.

We do not grow from GMO seeds.

Spring Garden

I truly adore this time of year!

The colours, smells and signs of new life

Even the rain is welcome …..most of the time!

Ha, ha…

  Asparagus 🙂

Seedlings in the greenhouse!

Its been a slow cool season, but the ground had warmed up enough for peas to be planted and the overwintered Kale and Arugula has produced lots of fresh greens! Today is another rain day , so thankful for my little dry greenhouse as there are more seedlings to be tended to!

Starting Seeds

Spring feels so much closer once the seeds are planted!

It was so nice to get back out in the Greenhouse.

The spinach growing in the gutters, are from seeds that didn’t germinate in  the fall , as are the onions below. If you can see them 🙂

This is what I planted:

In the Greenhouse:

Gutters; 3 varieties of Spinach, Turnips, Scallions and Mescluns

In Pots; 4 varieties of Radishes and Pac Choi

On Heat in the Garage:

Celery, Cabbage, Broccoli,Leeks , Onions and Shallots, 4 varieties of Tomatoes, Asian Greens, 2 varieties of Spring Lettuce

There are more that need to be planted now, Peppers and Eggplant in particular , but I have run out of those…back to the Nursery I go  😉

 

 

 

The Season Begins

Its time to start some seeds!

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I like to start by sorting out what I have and planning what I would like to grow,

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by doing a small layout drawing and seed list.

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I was finally able to get my hands in the dirt, it felt so good 😉

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Even if it was only a couple of rows of beans and peas. The rest of the seeds will be resting on their heat mats indoors! It is time to start Celery, Onions and Greens for cool weather. Just a reminder, if you want Artichokes, its time to get them growing, but choose a variety that requires a shorter season, January is normally when the larger varieties need to be started.

Planning a Winter & Spring Garden for The Pacific Northwest

I know its hard to shift your thoughts to winter when its just starting to feel like summer …

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but if you would like to have fresh veggies in the garden all winter, its time to get your seeds purchased, organized and  started!

This next week is the time to seed Brussel sprouts and Cabbages that require a long growing season, like January King or Late Red.

Mid -late June is the best for overwintering Cauliflower and Purple Sprouting Broccoli. The first week in July is when you can seed your last crop of carrots and beets , this is also a good time for kale & chard. In August,  seed fall and winter lettuce, Chinese cabbages and other spinach and  frost hardy lettuce.

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Ok, I’m heading out to the greenhouse to get a few of these going….

🙂

 

Today In the Garden:Feb.2016

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Purple Sprouting Broccoli is almost ready, I love its colors and flavour 😉

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Look at all the side shoots! I’ve just read that you should plan 2- 3 plants per person , we have 9 , so  we’ll see if that’s enough.

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Seedlings are sprouting already 🙂

This is what I’ve started so far;

In the Garden:

Broad Beans-Windsor

Peas-Purple Pole

In the Greenhouse:

Radishes – Pin pong & Early Scarlet

Peas-Sugar Snap & Cascadia

On Heat In the Garage:

Peppers- Thai Dragon & Red Bull’s Horn

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Kale-Red Russian, Blue Scott, Lacinato & Improved Siberian

Pac Choi-Toy Choi

Asian Greens

Onions-Walla Walla, Redwing, Sweet Spanish,Scallions, Shallots(Ambition)

Artichoke-Green Globe

Swiss Chard-Bright Lights

Kohlrabi-Purple Vienna

Spinach – Corvair, Samish, Tyee

Yams

Check out the yams, they are sending out roots  🙂

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I know its not the nicest picture, but I think its very interesting, cant wait to see what they do!

 

 

 

So it begins…

Seeds have been started; here we go….

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although, we didn’t really stop…

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We still had some overwintered carrots and New Zealand Yams to harvest…

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Kept the lemons warm

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and found a few ripe Limes…

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Romaine Lettuce is still growing and we should see some spring Broccoli and Cauliflower soon. The plants are huge!

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Onions are under cover in the centre, trying to stay dry 😉

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and Garlic and mixed salad greens look like they are moving along..

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The Arugula is bursting..

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This is my new experiment, Growing Yams, AKA, Sweet Potatoes ! If all goes well each one will  produce several plants !

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These will be in the garage on heat for a while , in the meantime more seeds will need to be started and the soil prepped  !

Looking forward to trying some new varieties and seeing how the garden grows this year  🙂