Archive for May, 2012

We’re Having a Sale! A Barn Sale for the Actual Barn!

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

This is our barn. Our Loyalist Ontario English Style Dairy Barn.  It’s Lovely.

This is Rebecca ready to fix the barn. Build for optimal wind over the threshing floor means the winds get quite strong.

This spring, we bought a barn and then the door promptly blew off .  We can fix it, but it certainly wasn’t in the budget.

The good news is now we’re having a bit of a fundraising sale.

For the month of June all purchases from the sale of our barn sale packages will directly fund keeping this historical Ontario barn standing for another year.

You can pick up 9 packs of our fabulous Organic Seeds for only $25!

That’s well over $5 of savings along with free shipping in Canada and the USA.

We’re over stocked on some varieties and would like to clean up our inventory so these assorted packages include a surprise selection of a cornucopia of our favourite seeds for your garden. There are a few different themes; herbs, greens, root vegetables, tomatoes, and so on.

This is a great way to prepare for next year’s gardening season or get a late planting in with our great heirloom, rare and organic seeds.

You can find them here on our site or over on etsy.

{ sale ends June 30th, 2011 or when sale stock runs out }

Please Share & Spread the word! This is the biggest sale we’ll have this year and think of the poor barn, it need your help!

Thin Your Seedlings, right onto your plate!

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Gardening with small children in an exercise in letting go of any tidy gardening habits you may have had in the past.  When letting a toddler help you out, you are likely to get thick masses of seedlings growing together.  Rather than fighting it and trying to grow things in straight lines, I find it easier to let them sow to to their hearts content and then do some damage control at the the thinning phase.

Radishes, beets, kale, chard, lettuce and greens are all good candidates for this method.  The greens are edible, the seeds are plentiful, and the seedlings are delicious. It’s especially easy if you’re growing in a container.
We’ll do this a few days in a row once the seedlings reach a few inches in height. Going through your patch of sprouts pull or cut every second one.  I then give them a quick rinse and let them stand in a jar of water.  they’ll last quite a few days on a windowsill like this.  Tonight we’ll have tiny red russian kale on our pizza along with a salad of radish and beet greens.  Delicious! and the toddler will eat it right up while proclaiming “I grow the seeds!”.