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 […]
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.
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 […]
This week has been a bit of a write-off from the perspective of tackling the to-do and to-write lists. Selecting photos for the Pass Creek Fall Fair exhibition, as well as vegetables, fruit and preserves. Robyn has sewing, crocheting and baking in as well, and the girls are entering some stuff too.
This week we’ve been inundated with Crabapples and Apples. The sweet cloying smell of these tiny fruits ripening in the kitchen kept the yellow jackets and fruit flies bumping against the windows screens.
I received a surprise email late last week from one of my readers, Eva Johannsen, who runs a native tree farm in Winlaw, BC asking if I’d like some free organic seedlings.
Spring is in the air. The weeds are pushing through and the battle for garden supremacy begins. Hope begins with little more than a seed planted in freshly turned earth, we can hope that our actions are making a difference, we can hope that we are able to influence the world around us for positive change.
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, […]