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Seed Starting: Easy Setups for Home Gardeners

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Glean creative ideas for real-world seed-starting setups, from soil blockers to mini-greenhouses, so you can grow your own vegetable seedlings at home this spring.

Read Seed Starting: Easy Setups for Home Gardeners edited by Shelley Stonebrook at Mother Earth News.

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January 22, 2018 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

Looking for Seeds?

Looking for seeds?

Find vegetable and fruit seeds sold by Canadian seed companies.

This is a list of vegetable and fruit seeds that were sold in recent years by Canadian seed companies.

Click on a section in the list below to see the varieties available, and the companies that sold them. Visit these companies, buy their seeds, and enjoy a beautiful, diverse garden next summer:

The Canadian Seed Catalogue Index

And a searchable database of ecological vegetable and grain seed sold in Canada:

Best Seeds for Your Region

 

January 15, 2018 at 12:01 pm 1 comment

Grow a Year-Round Indoor Salad Garden

A very simple idea put me on the path toward growing a year-round indoor salad garden: I wanted fresh salad greens throughout winter. This desire occurred to me one fall afternoon as I was putting my garden to bed and planting my garlic for the following year.

With a pantry, cold cellar, and freezer full of the season’s harvest, the one thing that was missing in my larder was fresh salad greens, there is simply no way to store them. So I experimented with different techniques, and what I discovered exceeded my expectations and eventually became my book Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening. I can now grow all the salad greens I need for my family of four with a kitchen cupboard and a windowsill, I don’t need lights, special equipment, or a greenhouse.

Read Grow a Year-Round Indoor Salad Garden by Peter Burke at Mother Earth News.

December 4, 2017 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

Long Sault workshop about bringing local food into the sharing economy

 There’s a food revolution going on, and several dozen guests at a first-time seminar on Thursday were finding out ways to get more deeply involved in it.

The Sprouting New Connections: Scaling Up event was hosted by All Things Food/Bouffe 360, in partnership with several organizations.

Talking about the sharing economy and the role technology is playing in it, keynote speaker Marcia Woods, CEO and co-founder of Barrie-based Fresh Spoke, told the gathering “it’s bloody well time we take advantage of this opportunity and apply it to local food.”

Fresh Spoke, which has an Eastern Ontario regional ambassador, says it’s reinventing the supply chain and giving local producers a new way to get food orders where they need to go, providing a marketplace platform that connects people with local producers and simplifies the order, payment and delivery process for buyers and sellers.

Read Long Sault workshop about bringing local food into the sharing economy by Todd Hambleton at the Standard-Freeholder.

 

October 23, 2017 at 10:58 am Leave a comment

12 Mistakes to Avoid on a Vegetarian or Vegan Diet

Image result for vegetarianA balanced vegetarian or vegan diet can provide many health benefits.

These diets have been associated with weight loss, better blood sugar control, a decreased risk of heart disease and a lower risk of certain types of cancer (1, 2, 3, 4).

However, it can be challenging to maintain a well-rounded vegetarian diet that provides all the nutrients you need.

This article uncovers some of the most common mistakes people make on a vegan or vegetarian diet, and how to avoid them.

Read 12 Mistakes to Avoid on a Vegetarian or Vegan Diet by Rachel Link, MS, RD at EcoWatch.

September 25, 2017 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

For Humans, Bugs and Beauty — An Urban Food Forest Demonstration

“This place is famous. People loving coming by here because at any time of year you can get something to eat.” Architect Mark Lakeman, co-founder of the City Repair project, gives a tour of the corner sidewalk outside his Portland office building, where a food forest is bursting with life. A diagram shows where over 80 plants are located in six or seven vertical layers. Tall fruit trees, flowers, a grape arbor, herbs, berries, small vegetables, and ground cover are abundant.

Related: TD Tree Days: Building an edible forest  Dozens of environmentally conscious residents showed up with shovel in hand to help the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and the Raisin Region Conservation Authority plant trees for TD Tree Days.

September 18, 2017 at 9:50 am 1 comment

How to Start a Crop Swap

Backyard gardeners and urban homesteaders are coming together to share excess produce in increasingly popular local meet-ups known as crop swaps, where neighbors exchange, say, beets and greens for apples and squash. Some crop swaps include trades for honey, eggs, flowers, and preserved or prepared foods, too.

Read How to Start a Crop Swap by Sarah Henry in Shareables.

August 16, 2017 at 10:49 am Leave a comment

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