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Early Spring on The Organic Farm

Early spring is one of our favorite times to be on the farm. The soil is starting to warm and the plants we planted early (Peas, spinach, broad beans, etc.) are just beginning to poke up through the ground. The greenhouse is packed corner to corner with thousands of starts that we will be transplanting into the fields in the next few months. And best of all we are just beginning to get some really beautiful days when we can work in t-shirts, although it is still chilly in the shade.
Heated seedbed picture 1, where we built our local organic farm in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island. Heated seedbed picture 2, where we built our local organic farm in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island. Heated seedbed picture 3, where we built our local organic farm in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island.

Another thing that is great about this time on the farm is this is when we get to have fun inventing and building things that will help us through the season. Last year we built a heated seed starting bed that we are already getting lots of use out of again this spring (Here is a link to the video of me [Dion] making it:


As for this season we have three projects coming up. First of all we are building a new greenhouse, later we will be upgrading our washing station, and finally we will be setting up a watering system. Currently we are working on the greenhouse. We have designed this greenhouse to address two problems we had last year with our seedlings. Last season, once the upper greenhouse was full of tomatoes, we had nowhere to start seeds for later transplanting; also using watering cans to water the delicate seedling was always problematic. Not only will the new greenhouse be used only for starting seeds, but also we are building the tables so that they can be flooded with water for ease of watering. The whole system will be on a gravity feed and after the seedlings have had their fill of water there will be an out flow into the fields.

What is so wonderful about this time on the farm is the feeling of possibility. Seedlings are just coming up and we are back doing what we love; growing food.

Thanks,
Katie and Dion

February In the Greenhouse

fresh organic seedlings being overlooked by your local organic farmer, in Nanaimo Vancouver Island British Columbia

It's now the end of February and at the farm, although it is still cold outside, and there is even some hail from time to time, we are busy at work! All our onions have sprouted in the greenhouse as well as many other seeds. We just keep planting and planting, and since this picture was taken, all our tables are full. Last year, our greenhouse was not even up at this time, so it is great that we are able to get a head start on things!

We are doing some experimentation this year as to how early we can get away with planting certain seeds in the field. To help along with the process, we are setting up our home made hoop houses over rows of beets, carrots, turnips, radish, and more. Our peas and beans have sprouted and are starting to put out their first true leaves!

It is exciting to learn about the plants and the land, as we are on a south facing slope, with a huge cliff behind us. This gives the particular land we grow on a greater degree of warmth, which is helpful in the spring, and challenging in the summer. In the summer last year our farm would hit the 36 degree mark for heat, and nearer to the ocean (Nanaimo) it would be 26.

What we learned from this; grow peppers, eggplants, melons, and things that like heat!

A huge thank you to Gail and Tony Massy who have been an integral part in starting up the farm this season. They have been putting a lot of effort and time into preparing beds, setting up the hoop house, planting seeds and generally having good old farm time out on the land.

february-in-the-greenhouse oin Nanaimo, Vancouver Island British Columbia. Home of your local online and farm fresh organic fruits and vegetablesThanks,Katie & Dion