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Vallarai (Pennywort) Seedlings Developed for 2011

Vallarai (Pennywort) Seedlings Developed for 2011

One of our farmer friend is developing this medicinal plant for growing in Canada. South Asian market has a high demand for this product. It is considered a brain booster by the ancient Ayurvedic medicine system. We finely chop the leaves, add chopped onions, chillies, salt and lime to make delicious and healthy chutney.
2010 Scarborough backyard harvest – Part IV

2010 Scarborough backyard harvest - Part IV

Scarborough garden pictures – Part II

Scarborough garden pictures - Part II

2010 Scarborough Backyard Pics – Part 1

2010 Scarborough Backyard Pics - Part 1

7 Types of Garlic planted in Napanee plot

7 Types of Garlic planted in Napanee plot

It took 2 hours for four of us to make the bed, plant, compost and mulch. We planted the Tweed plot in the morning and took a lunch break. Then we started on the Napanee plot which was already ploughed. The soil in Tweed and Napanee plots are loamy with lots of organic matter. We planted 1500 gloves of Russian, Tibetan, Ukranian, Yukoslavian, Italian, Persian and Sicilian. The weather was around 14 C and cloudy.
7 Types of Garlic planted in Tweed plot

7 Types of Garlic planted in Tweed plot

It took 3 hours for four of us to till the bed, plant, compost and mulch. We planted 1500 gloves of Russian, Tibetan, Ukranian, Yukoslavian, Italian, Persian and Sicilian. We picked October 24 because it was after the full moon day. The weather outside was around 13 C.
Napanee macro managed plot ready for garlic planting

Napanee macro managed plot ready for garlic planting

Our neighbor Farmer Don ploughed the field for us. Napanee is a 70 acre property with 60 acres of matured maple and oak trees.  It also has a natural spring. Farmer Don has been taking the hay off the 10 acre field for the past 20 years. When we told him that we are going to plant garlic, he got excited and ploughed the field for us. We will be planting garlic this Sunday, October 24.  We picked October 24 because it [Read More...]

More Paavai Bittermelon seeds

The green house is still producing Bittermelons in September.   We are leaving all of them to go to seed. Next year, half of the green house will be planted with Pavai bittermelon.
Fall Ceylon Onion sprouting

Fall Ceylon Onion sprouting

We planted these Ceylon Onions(shallots) on Sept. 25 after the full moon.  Some are planted couple of weeks earlier. They are already shooting out.  These seeds are from our May planted Ceylon onions. We have harvested around 130 lbs of onions from 30 lbs seeds and impressed with the growth in our Brampton clay soil.  Due to popular demand most of these onions went to our 9 team members’ family use.
ENF Produce displayed at the McVean Farm Feast table.

ENF Produce displayed at the McVean Farm Feast table.

This is some of the vegetables we had available from inside the green house and outside. We have three types of eggplants, Ceylon Onions, Trinco chillies, Pineapple Cosack ground cherries, heirloom tomatoes, Asian carrots(which we thought was a failure), french breakfast radish, Keerai spinach, bittermelon and sweet corn on the display.
Trinco Chilli seeds saved

Trinco Chilli seeds saved

We didn’t have too much success with the Trinco Chillies from Eelam.  But the ones in our backyard gardens thrived and we are in the process of collecting the red chillies for seeds. We will let them fully dry and then save the seeds.  There is a huge demand for these spicy chillies in the GTA area. We are also planning on using them next year for pickles and chilli powder.
Tweed plot worked and tilled for Garlic planting

Tweed plot worked and tilled for Garlic planting

It took us two people over 6 hours to clear the grass and till the soil. This bed is 20X35 feet.  We will be planting 7 varieties of Garlic on this plot for seed development. We will apply for the organic certification next year.

Seed saving

We are attempting to save some of the heirloom tomato varieties as well as the bitter melon seeds from the green house. We also have Keerai spinach seeds, garlic seeds from bulbil, romaine lettuce, Vanni long beans, lemon cucumber, Ceylon onions etc. curing in our basements.
Trinco Chilli seed development

Trinco Chilli seed development

We grew these Trinco Chillies in our basement grow rack.  Started the seedlings in early March. We got the seed from our Markham backyard garden friend.  We planted some of those in Brampton outside lot and was very disappointed with the development. The clay soil in our Brampton lot didn’t suit this variety well.  But the organic garden in Milton backyard is full of these chilli plants.  We have been harvesting [Read More...]
Kochi Super Chilli seed collection

Kochi Super Chilli seed collection

Our Farm Manager Saulis had couple of these plants lying around late in June and we have decided to give them a home. These are one of the hottest chillies out there.  We make a mean Sambol(type of chudney) to accompany our Dosa, idly and bread. We have decided to use these plants to produce enough seed for next year since there is a huge market for it in GTA.
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