Summer squash are looking perking peeking out of a row of black plastic. We transplant the small squash from 5" pots in through holes in the plastic where we have dug a hole and filled it with compost. We water them in well; lay drip irrigation under the plastic and then cover tehm with floating row cover to keep them warm and free from the harsh winds. Once they are about two feet tall and bursting at the seams, we take off the floating row cover. Timing for seeding them is important to get the earliest zukes at market.
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We are so happy with our new harvest area. It works so well and the new walk in cooler keeps our produce fresh. Up until this year, we have depended on the passive cooling of our old harvest building which could barely keep our produce below outdoor temperatures. The new cooler will insure that our salads, berries, greens and other produce will be in top condition for much longer.
The markets are shorter but there is still lots of fresh produce - carrots, potatoes, kale, chard, leeks, parsnips, beets. and more. Catch us from 10 to 2pm at the Moss Street Market or email/phone us if you have never been to the farm to find out how you can get fresh produce at the farm during the week.
Today we brought 60 bunches of asparagus and fresh rhubarb and lots of Italian parsley
Howdy folks! We're touring yet again to share ALM's wonderful seeds across the great West Coast. We've already had two great Saturdays in Qualicum Beach and Salt Spring island, and more is yet to come. Now that the snow has receded, spring is approaching fast, so come on down and get your seeds and start plantin'!
Our schedule for the coming Seedy Saturdays is:
- Saturday, Feb 18: Victoria - Moss Street
- Saturday, Feb 25: Sooke - Community Hall
- Saturday, Mar 04: Courtenay
- Sunday, Mar 05: Nanaimo
- Saturday, Mar 11: Cobblehill
See you there!
Look at the beautiful flower of the Saint Victor's Leek! These kooky leeks are being meticulously observed by Reilly as a seed trial for The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security.
Here is evidence of the pea weevil on our Sugar Ann peas. Our pea crop this spring has been having an extremely hard time as it is being stunted by pea weevil damage. We have tried battling them with concoctions of 'rhubarb tea' but much of our crop has experienced too much damage to be revived.
Is anyone else having this problem or have any tips for fighting the blasted pea weevil??
Don't forget that our Plant & Seed Sale is THIS Saturday! Everything is growing so quickly on the farm, we are running out of space for all the seedlings. Drop by this weekend and take some of these cucumbers and zukes off our hands!
Our annual Plant & Seed Sale is fast approaching. Come join us on our farm on April 30th to shop for organic seeds and seedlings that we've been growing on the farm! It will be a great day to prepare your gardens for the spring and to meet and greet with fellow gardeners in your community! Be sure to come on time as we sell out quickly of our popular varieties!
Date: April 30th from 10 am to 2 pm
Location: ALM Organic Farm, 3680 Otter Point Road, Sooke
Come learn foundations of seed saving in your home garden! A workshop hosted by the Victoria Seed Library.
Thursday, June 4, 2015, 7:00pm 8:30pm
Victoria, GVPL Central Branch, 735 Broughton Street
Free but registration is required: www.gvpl.ca/seedlibrary
Take a look at the seedlings we have available for Plant Sale, Moss Street Market and through the farm.
Our annual sale features a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers both annual and perennial perfect for gardens big or small as well as a full offering of our Full Circle Seeds collection. All seeds and plants are certified organic and grown on site. Farm staff will be available to answer your questions. Bring the whole family to come see the farm and purchase plants directly from the growers!
How to make the most of plant sale!
Before the Sale
Make a Shopping List
- Look over your garden space and think through what types and varieties of plants you want and quantities of each.
- Check out our website Full Circle Seeds to browse our seed offerings.
- The sale runs 10-2 (no early birds please) and many popular varieties sell out fast. Come on time to avoid disappointment.
- Carpool with a friend.
- Allow plenty of time to look around, browse and talk to staff
- Please remember to bring cash or cheque-the farm does not accept credit cards at this time.
After the Sale
Planting & Continued Care
- If you’re not quite ready to transplant, keep your seedlings well watered in a sheltered environment.Make sure you’re putting the right plant in the right place.
- If you’re unsure of planting method and care, ask a staff member at point of sale or do some research online.
- Your plants will need some protection from wind and cold. Floating row cover or a little tent made out of a large milk bottle with the bottom cut out and the lid off or even a newspaper folded into a little hat for the first day or two makes a lot of difference.
- Observe your plants over the coming weeks to make sure they are thriving.
Best winter wishes and all the best for the new year!
Summer finds us busy on the farm; seeding, weeding, seed collecting, planning, harvesting, watering and watching the days go whizzing by. To find us at this busy time of year, come say "hello" at Sooke Country Market or Moss Street Market in Victoria, both markets run through the season, Saturdays 10-2.
There's so much good food coming from our farm with lots of "firsts" coming from the field, squash & their lovely blossoms, potatoes, berries, cukes, shelling peas, tomatoes and beans really soon- enjoy the bounty of early summer. Come see us at Sooke Country Market or Moss Street Market- come out for the Moss Street Paint in this Saturday 10-4
Strawberry Balsamic Jam
- 4 ½ cup crushed berries
- 1 box pectin
- 7 cups sugar
- 3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Stir together fruit and pectin
- Bring to a boil over high heat
- Add all the sugar- stir
- Return to a hard boil for 1 minute
- Remove from the heat, stir and skim for 5 minute. Add pepper and balsamic, stir
- Pour into sterilized jars, process or seal with paraffin wax