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Worm Castings: Dan’s Story

Worm Castings: Dan’s Story

The worm’s gut system includes an amazing grinder to break down their food and some of the soil. The organic grain mixed with bedding feeds the microorganisms already present in the soil and these microbes feed the worms. Earthly matters uses certified organic grain to feed their soil and makes sure to avoid food waste or animal waste so they can control the worm’s environment. Because of this they have been able to certify their product as organic through Eco Cert.

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Growing From Seed: Get Started Now

Growing From Seed: Get Started Now

It is officially February and there are suddenly so many jobs a gardener can be tackling. But if you don’t have an apple tree, an orchid or sprouting lemons you are probably  focussed on starting seeds this month. Growing from seed is one of the most rewarding tasks facing gardeners.

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Ordering Vegetable Seeds: Tips & Tricks

Ordering Vegetable Seeds: Tips & Tricks

I saved leek seeds one year from my own plants and the plants grew like a cross between the sleek long leeks you buy and a fat bulbing onion. Ooops. I guess the leeks were hybrids so did not come true from seed. Or they may have crossed with an onion I had in bloom at the same time. Saving seed is not as easy as it seems. Read more about saving and ordering seeds here.

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Cooking Up My Garden: Leek and Potato Soup!

Cooking Up My Garden: Leek and Potato Soup!

For Leek and Potato soup I clean and slice leeks into 1 mm rounds and put in pot with butter or cooking oil heated on medium heat. I slice a lot more than just the white parts. I also use the light green parts but never the dark green coarse parts of the leaf. These are tossed into the compost. In oour kitchen, Leek and Potato soup is one of our very favourite ways to eat leeks.

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Lemons: Fresh From the tree in Canada!

Lemons: Fresh From the tree in Canada!

Looking back on my video from 2015 I can see how much longer my hair was then and how much shorter my two year old lemon trees are. The lemons are now touching the roof of my shelter and this year I harvested 54 lemons in the fall and many more during the season for a total of 75 lemons per tree. If you are thinking of growing citrus and can’t move west, consider them as a houseplant! They are self-pollinating and pretty hardy if you have a cool spot with bright light.

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