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Spring 2013 Farm Tour

Hello all, we have made a video to showcase the growth of our fresh, organic vegetables. They are loving the sun and the rain and although we have been pelted by some heavy rainfall, we continue to plant out and harvest lots of great vegetables. 

Please check out our video to see how Heart and Soil Organic's farm operates in the spring:



Thanks,
Dion & Katie
Heart & Soil Organics

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