Announcing the Seed Saving for Market Growers FREE Mini Course

This week, we take a break from our regularly scheduled Farmer Spreadsheet Tip to announce the A 4-part online mini course for market gardeners who dream about saving some of their own seeds. The first class is just before the new year. Just in time to plan your 2020 growing season! Dec. 30  Why Grow … More Announcing the Seed Saving for Market Growers FREE Mini Course

Planning Seed Crops Webinar – Wed. Feb 19, 2014

You are invited to join us for a webinar on Planning Vegetable Seed Crops.  The first in our series “Growing for Seed: The Fundamentals” this webinar will feature presentations from Patrick Steiner (Stellar Seeds, BC), Daniel Brisebois (Tourne-Sol Cooperative Farm, QC), and Michelle Smith (Northwind Farm, NS). Together they’ll cover a range of topics to get you started in your seed … More Planning Seed Crops Webinar – Wed. Feb 19, 2014

This Year’s First Seed Harvest and Volunteers from Previous Years

Last week, we harvested our first Brassica rapa seed crops of the year. As we start this year’s harvest, I have also been watching some of the remnants of previous years’s seed crops. Harvest The brassicas overwintered in a field tunnel and then flowered in April – a bit earlier than usual. I have been walking … More This Year’s First Seed Harvest and Volunteers from Previous Years

Field Update: Some Cover Crops and a Garlic preview

This year’s weather has been all over. Two weeks ago, it was downright chilly with a couple frosty nights. Not unusual for May but unexpected after balmy April. Last week, the temperature creeped into the high 20s (Celsius) – every day crops were noticeable bigger. And this week’s forecast has a high of 34C on Wednesday! … More Field Update: Some Cover Crops and a Garlic preview

Seeds and Weeds

So you’ve planted a climate appropriate crop on an appropriate planting date and at an appropriate spacing; now you you get to sit back and wait for the plants to bolt and yield piles of seed like there is no tomorrow … don’t you??? Just like growing vegetables, growing seed means weeding weeding weeding. In … More Seeds and Weeds

Choosing Seed Crops

Last Saturday I attended Eco-Farm Day in Cornwall, Ontario put on by the Ottawa Chapter of Canadian Organic Growers. The day always goes by a little too quickly –  too many friends to catch up with and big decisions at to what workshops I want to attend. This year, I took in a talk on … More Choosing Seed Crops