As for our gardens, the late winter has shifted the growing pattern around here a bit, mainly in our outdoor plantings. Luckily, we decided to keep our early plantings this year down to radishes. Our few test plants from last fall of collard and chard seem to like the weather though. We planted them too late last year for proper growth, but the collards have done decent despite it (2 of the plants make a nice early spring side dish for us).
In the last month, we've managed to put together an organic fertilizer. It's made up of
- 20 kg of alfalfa seed meal from Gaia Green (from Grand Forks)
- 1.5 kg of lime
- 2 kg of organic bone meal
This is very close to the recipe given in the book Growing Vegatables West of the Cascades by Steve Solomon. This is our current ace reference book for growing in Vancouver. He covers, in his experience, the best practices of growing in our region, which spans from lower Oregon to the North Shore of Vancouver. It's a special region because of our amount of rain (which leaches everything BUT potassium from our soil). Our other ace resource is the information from Mary Ballon at West Coast Seeds. The gang there only sell seeds for plants that they have tried successfully to grow in our climate conditions, with details of planting schedules and best practices.