As spring begins to unfold each year, and the earth once again awakens from dormancy, the delightful first fruits of the season are always welcome. Rhubarb and asparagus are some of the first crops we begin to harvest outside, followed quickly by spring greens and strawberries. Then the flood of summer’s produce, one after another – delectable goodies, nutritious and delicious; strawberries, blueberries, peas, beans, cucumbers, beets, carrots, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and raspberries. Then finally ending with fall’s abundant display of colourful squash, pumpkins, broccoli, cabbage, parsnips, celeriac and leeks.
Eating with the seasons isn’t hard – it’s easy and delicious! Being certified organic by Ecocert Canada, we do not use any chemical sprays or fertilizers on our produce. Instead we focus our efforts on building soil health – increasing the microbial life in the soil by using mulch, biochar, cover crops, compost and crop rotation.
The majority of our garden work is done by hand so we have individual contact with just about every plant we grow, from seeding/transplanting, weeding and mulching all the way to harvesting. Even pests are controlled largely by hand. When potato bug eggs appear on the backs of the potato leaves we call the family together. Everyone takes a row and we look each plant over carefully – squishing the eggs and collecting the bugs for our chickens.
With a Homeopath in the family (Mom!), homeopathic remedies are also used frequently to strength the plants natural immunity to stressors from weather conditions, blight or insect pressure.