Monthly Archives: March 2013

You Dirty Rat!

organic ratThose Hipster Rats have eaten my vegi’s yet again!

Little rodents with rolled up jeans and a jaunty hat is what I picture when I find my garden has been invaded.

Or maybe something like this guy!

I prefer to deter pests as opposed to more going for a killing approach, but having tried peppermint oil, hardware cloth collars, and other deterrents in the past, to no avail. I now set traps for these little thieves, but they are getting wise. I really don’t want to use poison, it just seems to cowardly, and potentially dangerous to innocent bystanders. I will try more traps and get a movement controlled light on the patio.

These thieving rats won’t get the best of Me!

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Sharing Backyards – Vancouver, BC – City Farmer

Screen Shot 2013-03-24 at 10.39.58 AMSharing Backyards – Vancouver, BC – City Farmer.

Very cool little applet. It is a map where you can connect with people who have gardening space to share, or people who are looking for gardening space.

Awesome!

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Support Community Gardens

Drive GardenSupport a New Community Garden on the Drive

Right at Commercial and East 12th Ave, Vancouver, North East corner

Click on this link and support the Can You Dig It campaign: http://www.sokap.com/r/6cf40698

Buy your seeds or sponsor a garden bed. 20% of all the proceeds from Can You Dig It store front will be donated to The Drive Community Garden. Awesome! Remember to click on the link above before buying so the profits go to The Drive Garden.

We need your support to make The Drive Community Garden a reality! Please visit http://www.thedrivegarden.com for more information.

Thank you for supporting more inclusive communities through gardening.

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Green Onion Rescue

20130226-182143.jpg So I forgot to mention my onion rescue.

Wait… I have to fill you in on the background here. I am a big fan of regrowing any organic green onions I buy from grocery stores and markets. I use the greens in my cooking and plant the little bulbs, and those little guys just move right in and start growing me more green onion tops.

So, now back to the rescue mission. In my compost foraging last week, I was able to pick out some really nice green onions. Still bunched and ready for sale. So, I cut off the bulbs as you see here. Usually when I am doing this with onions I have purchased I cut them a little closer to the bulb. I still want a nice bit of that in my cooking you see. In this case tho the greens were just going into the compost.

20130226-182120.jpgThe next step is to put them in some water overnight. I throw a little rooting powder in with the water as well. This is completely unnecessary, but I have the powder, so why not give those little guys some booster juice. The next day those little guys are ready to stick into some dirt.

To tell you a little secret, you could leave out all the fussy stuff and just stick those guys straight into some dirt. Take them straight from the cutting board and stick them into your garden. They will have a great time I am sure.

I just like to go the extra mile.20130226-182131.jpg

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Welcome

So here you are peeking into my journal. Not to worry it’s not that kind of journal, it’s a garden journal.

I think quite a lot about gardening and urban agriculture. I needed a good way to keep a journal of my gardening adventures, and I’m not one for paper and pen. So of course there is an app for that. Tried many of them. Didn’t like any of them. So a few people had been telling me, “you should have a blog”. I of course thought, what Me? No, I thought, there are so many more knowledgeable folks out there, why should I bother people with my meanderings. Well, then came the day where again I was searching out apps for a better journal experience. So to make a short story long, I decided to give this blogging a try.

You will find that there are some boring journal entries like “sowed this” or “planted out that”. You will also find some interesting tid bits I find on the net. I spend a lot of time poking around this internet for food growing tips. You might even find some of my gardening experiments, interesting?… ridiculous?… or down right silly. They do make good stories some times. Anyhow, let’s get on with the show.

Welcome to Mister Frank’s Garden!

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Get Your City of Vancouver Worm Composting Bins $25!

City of Vancouver – City Farmer Wormshop

Get Your Bin

Take The Wormshop

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These folks at City Farmer have some good stuff going on. Check them out.

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Worm Tea

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Wormies.JPG (Photo credit: Duncan Kinney)

It was brought to my attention, that while I have mentioned worm tea a bunch, I have not really explained what it is and how to make it. So since it is another rainy day here in Vancouver, now is a good time to talk worm tea.

Worm tea is compost tea made from worm castings. It is not, as many internet sources will tell you, the liquid that seeps out of the bottom of the worm bin. That stuff is called leachate. It is best to just put that stuff back into the bin. It is not good to use directly on your garden. If you must use it, dilute it heavily. And of course it’s not steeping your poor worms in hot water.

Now what is compost tea then you ask. Much has been written on this subject, so I am going to just give you a brief overview and the give some resources to learn more.

There is two basic methods for making compost tea. Steeped Tea and Aerated Tea. Steeped Tea is just the process of soaking your compost in water to draw out the nutrients. This is the method that gardeners have been employing for many a year.

More recently it was discovered that if you add aeration to the process, you will multiply the beneficial living organisms in the compost many fold. So in this method you use an aquarium air pump and stone to put oxygen into the water. You can also feed these organisms with some sugar to give them a head start, molasses is what is usually recommended.

I won’t give you a detailed how to as it has been done many times on the net, I will give you some links though.

http://www.compostjunkie.com/compost-tea-recipe.html

http://www.dirtdoctor.com/Compost-Tea_vq152.htm

http://www.captaincompostalabama.com/compostteastuff.htm

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