Some days it's hard to leave!
Last night my little family escaped the Weed Patch to enjoy a magical evening on a special farm on our island. We were treated to the freshest, most delicious garden dinner. Complete with surplus zuccs for the boys to fashion into a wide assortment of vessels to navigate through space and time... Our bellies and… Continue reading Filling our Cups
Our flowers have been well received during this wedding season. I love the build up of anxious energy before we deliver the flowers and then the ecstatic release when we find out how blown away everyone is that these bee-friendly blooms grow right here on Gabriola Island... It helps that we've had nothing but the sweetest of… Continue reading Wedding Bliss
As we watch this years' small hazelnut and walnut crop develop, we're keeping an eye on the stellar jay and red squirrel population. These critters are problematic for any small nut orchard from August to October and they typically work dawn to dusk until the supply runs out. We have no desire to net our 250 tree orchard… Continue reading Planning for Pest Management
Mumma red-breasted dorking hatched out six little fluff-butts so it's easy to get sucked into stopping to watch a quick episode of Chick TV on Channel Hen... The eclectic mix of chicks include dorking, orpington and chantecler crosses. They mastered the ramp and explored their small confines with great interest today. Should be fun to… Continue reading New on Chick TV…
Our honeybees are working the pumpkin patch with gusto now that the blackberry nectar flow is coming to a close. We rely heavily on our pumpkins, borage; clover; cardoon and thistle to get the bees through this July/August dearth period. The girls arrive back n the hive just covered in pollen - disguised as some alien orange… Continue reading To Bee or Not to Bee
The alley crops of Styrian pumpkins are bustling with growth and responding well to conditions in the hugelkulture mounds. The small bowling ball sized pumpkins are actually adorable, as far as immature vegetables go...!
Happy Birthday Canada!
A large, fuzzy antlered buck and several does are pacing around the perimeter of our one year old deer fence, trying to find a way in. The freshly planted pumpkin hugelkulture beds must be so tempting for them. They are barely distracted by the dogs. We're on high alert for a breach of the perimeter,… Continue reading Not tonight, deer…
We invited our cut flower CSA supporters (two and four legged as well as two and four wheeled) to a lovely early summer evening farm tour with stops along the trails for seasonal drinks and local snacks. Folks got a chance to see just how informal our operation is, and what our challenges are with soil fertility; weed… Continue reading Simply Imperfect