Composting in Castlegar

We love composting. In fact, we’ve got a worm bin in the kitchen as well as two composting bins right down the back. I built these pallet composting bays to formalize the work of the previous owners of the house, but always knew that winter composting is not much fun to start with, but when […]

Harvest in the Kootenays

There’s snow on the mountains, about a foot or so on Kootenay Pass I hear, this feels early, but maybe I’m just not quite ready for the onslaught. We are in the midst of harvest here in the Kootenays. Our house is full of stored, canned, ready to can, and dehydrated fruit and vegetables. The dehydrator is running as I write, Italian plums at the moment.

Homemade, Homegrown Pink Popcorn

Regular readers will know that here at UrbanWorkbench, we’ve dabbled in all sorts of crops that are not regularly associated with the Kootenays. Last year it was wheat, oats and amaranth, this year we had great success with a bed of pink popcorn. With around 80 cobs of corn husked and drying, the next task […]

SPIN Gardening in Castlegar

Image by urbanworkbench via Flickr Robyn and I are ordering seeds and equipment in preparation for our first year of SPIN gardening. “SPIN-gardeners are always thinking of ways to creatively expand, just like SPIN-farmers,” Satzewich says.The SPIN system involves “relay planting,” densely sowing one crop after another to keep the beds perpetually full; growing short-season, […]