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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.    
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...]
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.
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...]
Another Milton Backyard Harvest

Another Milton Backyard Harvest

Our backyard bounty is amazing this year. We were impressed with our Green Peppers.  Last year, we lost a lot of them to slugs. For some reason, there weren’t too many slugs in the field this year.

Milton Backyard Harvest

Roma tomatoes, Oxheart tomatoes,  Trinco spicy chillies, Green peppers and Eggplants are from our Milton 10 X 20 backyard. We froze some of the tomatoes after removing their stem area and double zip lock bagging. We also shared some with our neighbors.  The eggplant will be turned into non spicy curries with green tomatoes.
Ontario Bulbil Garlic Vs Glove Garlic

Ontario Bulbil Garlic Vs Glove Garlic

We have also harvested our garlic from bulbils.  Some of the Ontario bulbs had 4 or so small gloves on them.  Some looked like a single bulb.  See our previous garlic from bulbils post. We got the bulbil seeds from the Scarborough Backyard last year.  We will replant these gloves again this fall to produce bigger bulbs.

Ukranian, Persian, Sicilian, Korean, Yugoslavian, Italian and Ontario garlic harvested

Except the Ontario garlic, we purchased the seeds from The Cutting Veg.  Farmer Dan of the Cutting Veg has many more varieties but these were the varities we really liked. We also volunteered at his farm last fall planting thousands of garlic.  It was a great learning experience. For some strange reason, we didn’t get any scapes on the Sicilian garlic.  But we did get nice size bulbs though. All these garlic are [Read More...]
Ox Heart Tomatoes in Milton Backyard

Ox Heart Tomatoes in Milton Backyard

We bought these as plants from a Milton Farmer.  They were planted outside during the May 24 weekend and have been thriving. We are getting beautiful nice sized tomatoes.  Nothing ripened yet.  But we are anxiously waiting. This backyard garden only gets Bunny manure from our Pet Loped ear(only one) bunny Curry. Nothing else have been used to grow them.  Thanks to the perfect rythm of rain and sunny days, we only watered [Read More...]
Global Garlic Bulbils harvested, marked and stored

Global Garlic Bulbils harvested, marked and stored

Bulbils harvested, marked and stored from Milton Backyard garden . We will  plant them this fall and will replant the  gloves again next year to achieve a desirable garlic size. Here we have Persian, Yukoslavian, Ukranian, Korean, and Italian bulbils.  For some reason, Sicilian gloves grew but didn’t produce any scapes. We will be harvesting the garlics this weekend and let them cure in the basement. We got the [Read More...]
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