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October 15th marks the beginning of the garlic planting season. Garlic grows great in urban Vancouver so here are a few tips to get you started.

Start by selecting healthy seed stock. The farmer’s market will have various varieties of locally grown, organic garlic to choose from. Did you know that each variety of garlic will have a unique flavour profile and spice level? Ask the farmer about this and choose a garlic variety that suits your palate preference. Keep in mind that the bigger the garlic clove is when planted the bigger the bulb will be at harvest time.

Garlic loves well drained, rich soil in a sunny location. Soil can be boosted by adding compost or manure. Separate cloves, without peeling them, and plant individually pointy tip up approximately 2″ deep and 6″ apart. Plant is rows or have fun with it and plant in circles or other…

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Make Your Own 100 Mile: Vinaigrette (via Growing Chefs!)

There is still some blackberries out there. We picked 10 lbs in around half hour last weekend. Try down by the railway tracks on Kent

Make Your Own 100 Mile: Vinaigrette Rosemary Scented Blackberry and Hazelnut Salad Vinaigrette Another 100 Mile recipe from Chef Andrea Carlson of Bishop's. Ingredients: 1 cup blackberries 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 1/4 cup water 4 Tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary salt 1/8 cup Agassiz hazelnut oil Bring all ingredients except the oil to a simmer in a stainless steel pot. Simmer for 5 minutes until liquid is slightly reduced. Strain and cool. Whisk in Hazelnut oil and s … Read More

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Amazing growth!

Its been a while since the last post but the garden keeps growing.   I thought I would post a few recent pics.

The annual Friends of Windsor Castle block party was a great event although I spent most of my time answering questions about honeybees and beekeeping. The observation hive was a hit with kids and adults alike.

Honey Bee info

Honey Bee info

Observation Hive

Observation Hive

The blueberries are turning blue and the bushes are covered with them!  At the recent work party they were being enjoyed by the people there that day.

Blueberries!

Blueberries!

honey bee

honey bee

 

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What are the Bees telling us?

I heard about this film and am hoping that there will be a screening here in Vancouver. Check out the trailer and enjoy.

Remember that the garden is hosting a bee information workshop on May 14th.  more info to follow soon.

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Fusin’ with a Reason « The World in a Garden

Check this out on Sunday (not Saturday like i posted earlier!)

Fusin’ with a Reason « The World in a Garden.

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Blueberries added to the garden

Recently we managed to get 40 Blueberry plants from a farm in Langley that was changing the variety to an earlier harvest type.  What a score!  Thanks Cinthia for arranging the delivery.  blueberry bushes were planted along the fence in the back as well as the one in the front.  Holes were dug, peat moss was mixed in the hole and the berry bushes were added.  Check out some of the pictures of the new shed (almost done!) and the new apple trees that the city has planted along the boulevard between the garden and the sidewalk.

example of cover crop

example of cover crop

new shed

New shed almost complete

Here’s the new apple trees planted by the city

 

new apple tree

new apple tree

Blueberries

Blueberries !!

Garden ready for spring!

 

garden in late fall

garden in early spring

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Winter is Coming, get Prepared!

The garden has been cleaned up and a new compost built to handle all the garden waste.  Time to cover your plots with mulch or plant a cover crop

 

crazy growth in plots

Garden waste, Ready for The Compost

New Pallet Compost

view of the compost placement

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