Archive : Micro & Macro Managed Plots

RSS feed
Recipe: Ontario Organic Zucchini Ratatouille

Recipe: Ontario Organic Zucchini Ratatouille

RATATOUILLE  Prep time approx. half an hour. Cooking time approx. one hour. (Serves 3 as an entrée and 5 as a side dish) INGREDIENTS   *3 small (or one large) Ontario Organic zucchini / sliced thinly (skin on).  Small fruit can be sliced as is. Large fruit can be quartered and then sliced.  Bite-sized is the goal. ½ to ¾ of a medium Ontario Spanish Utah (sweet) onion / diced or halved, thin slice. 1 each small [Read More...]
Winter survivors from 2010 garden

Winter survivors from 2010 garden

We had a warm spell in Southern Ontario on April 3rd. The weather was in +14 celcius.  Snow from the last spring storm melted off. We worked the Milton backyard garden. These were survivors from the stray seeds of 2010. Our bunny, Curry, enjoyed the Italian viking spinach. We used the garlic shoots and onion shoots for sautéing.
Frozen Tomatoes from 2010 Milton Garden

Frozen Tomatoes from 2010 Milton Garden

We harvested these San Marzano tomatoes in October, 2011. We triple bagged it using grocery produce bags and then froze it. These pictures were taken in February, 2011.  This is the last batch from the garden.  Tomatoes are dropped in tap water for 20 seconds before cut for use in curries. We are planting over 1000 San Marzano plants for the 2011 season to meet the demand and to freeze it.    
2010 Scarborough backyard harvest – Part IV

2010 Scarborough backyard harvest - Part IV

Scarborough backyard pics – part III

Scarborough backyard pics - part III

2010 Scarborough Backyard Pics – Part 1

2010 Scarborough Backyard Pics - Part 1

Fall crop: Ball lettuce

Fall crop: Ball lettuce

Ball lettuce These lettuces were planted in late September.  They have survived the freezing weather and providing us with crisp fresh organic lettuce. The Ceylon onions were planted at the same day and they have been thriving as well.  We only watered once so far this winter since the last watering still keeping the beds wet. This picture was taken on first week of December.
Winter beets

Winter beets

These beets were planted late September as a fall/winter crop experiment.  As of first week of December, they are still healthy. The plant growth is stunt with the latest freezing temperatures and we are hoping that they will have a early start in March.  Our goal is to have the earliest fresh organic beet available for families coming spring.
Hoop house on December 6

Hoop house on December 6

Our hoop house is experiencing it’s first winter at the McVean farm.  We have scaled our shifts to once every two weeks. We were excited to see our structure stand straight with healthy vibrant cold crops inside. We have totally insulated this hoop house by burying the side plastic.  Please note that we don’t have running water or electricity which makes this operation a challenge.
Season End of Milton Backyard Garden

Season End of Milton Backyard Garden

We had another great year with Milton backyard garden. This garden is in a new sub division and 3 years ago was full of sub soil from the basement dig up. We have been adding lots of organic compost and matter to develop the soil. The produce yield has been on a steady increase. This year we had tomatoes, bell peppers, chilli peppers, eggplants, broccoli, lettuce, spinach and Zuchchini. Broccoli and lettuce are the only [Read More...]

Hoophouse snapshots as of November 7

Cold lovers are doing great inside the hoophouse. Kale from Peel Organics and Broccolli from Farmer Katie are thriving inside. Our own lettuce is doing great as well as spinach and Ceylon onions. Farmer Joyce & Stanley’s Yellow Bitter melon is dead after the frost bites. This bittermelon was planted late in July but produced lots of melons for their market.
Start of cold crops inside the sustainable hoophouse

Start of cold crops inside the sustainable hoophouse

Our September 25 planted cold crops are doing great inside the green house. There is a huge demand for spinach and lettuce  from the market gardeners and farmers from our community farm.  Our community plot farmers have been buying most of the produce. We will be planting again tomorrow on the beds where we had the warm lovers this summer.
October 13 First Frost ends a great 2010 season

October 13 First Frost ends a great 2010 season

Our first frost in Brampton was on October 13.  Since then we had many nights where the temperature dropped below -3 Celcious. Carrots, Broccolli and Ceylon onions survived the frosts.  Broccolli is actually thriving outside in the cold wet weather. We learned a lot from this 1/4 acre plot this year.  The experience we gathered will definitely help us plan our 2011 season where we will expand into an one acre plot.
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.
© 2011 ENF - Eelam Natural Foods. All rights reserved.
WordPress Blog
freshlife WordPress Themes Theme Junkie