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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

We got a new plot up at campus! A sunny one! We're stoked, cause now we can plant MORE. We actually purchased some parsnip and kale seeds this spring, but it was looking that we wouldn't have anyplace to plant them.

Our home garden is starting to look nice, now that we have transplanted out our cauliflower and our first two tomato plants. The tomatoes have gone under our new cloche, which hopefully will last a few years. Our garlics are looking strong, and our radishes are starting to come up. We've also started some more tomatoes and peppers indoors, and plan to start some planting up at SFU later this week.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

A bit more than a month, and we'll be off to East Europe for another cycle trip! This one is a tad bit shorter than the last (about 1 month), but we'll make the most of it. Check out our status at our cycle touring site.

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

  1. 20 kg of alfalfa seed meal from Gaia Green (from Grand Forks)

  2. 1.5 kg of lime

  3. 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.