Showing posts with label February. Show all posts
Showing posts with label February. Show all posts

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Edible Garden Newsletter February 2020

Lanark County Master Gardeners
The Edible Garden Newsletter February 2020 is now available.  In this month's issue, we discuss the pros and cons of growing the various varieties of currants.  They are nutritious and delicious but are also the first step on the process that leads to Pine Blister Rust.  February is the time when people's minds turn to starting seeds.  While it is still too early to start your tomato seeds, it is a wonderful time to get prepared for the big day.  Do you like Pesto? Read on for delicious and different approaches to making Pesto that you love, including using Garlic Scapes.  Finally learn all about the benefits of worm castings (poop)!
However, in our northern forests, Mor soils predominate.  These are soils in which organic matter is practically unmixed with mineral soils below that are more or less matted or compacted.  The forest floor is covered in organic matter, also called detritus, duff and the O horizon.  Within three or four years after introduction, Earthworms can transform Mor soils to mull soils where the organic and mineral layers are mixed.  They can remove the duff layer, disrupting plants whose roots feed in that organic layer.  Plants like spikenard, Solomon's Seal, Bellwort, Nodding Trillium, Large flowered Trillium and Goblin Fern begin to dissipate.  Tree species shift and Invasive shrubs like European Buckthorn and Honeysuckle benefit and thrive and ecosystem disruption ensues.
What on earth(worm) can I do?
Some simple ways to help stop the spread of earthworms and protect our soils in Ontario's Forest Ecosystems are:
    • avoid transporting soils, leaves, mulch, and compost to different areas
    • wash the treads of your vehicles and shoes when moving from one area to another
    • throw unused bait in the trash, not on land or water.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Edible Garden Newsletter February 2019

Lanark County Master Gardeners
The Edible Garden Newsletter February 2019 is now available.  This month we explore the world below our feet with a look at fungus.  We focus on two broad groups--mycorrhizal fungi and endomycorrhizal fungi.  These are magical organisms that can dramatically improve your soil and plant health and increase yields.  Do you live in an apartment or hate to go outside in the winter to empty your kitchen scraps into your composter then you might be ready to take up Vermicomposting pictured above).  Finally, how about trying a new (old) kind of beans, Indian Woman Yellow Beans.  They are delicious.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Edible Garden Newsletter February 2018

Lanark County Master Gardeners
The Edible Garden Newsletter February 2018 is now here.  The days are finally starting to get longer and gardeners are planning what they can plant indoors to get a faster start when spring arrives.  In this issue we discuss lighting, whether it is from a sunny window or from grow lights and how you can use it to get your plants off to an excellent start.  If you are planting your vegetable garden in containers or on a balcony, we have some helpful tips.  Although the days are getting longer, we still have more winter left and it is a great time to experiment with using the parts of your vegetables you would normally put in the compost bin to grow more.  Finally, a housebound gardener tells of a Fava Bean experiment that led to a delicious soup.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Edible Garden Newsletter February 2017

Lanark County Master Gardeners
Edible Garden Newsletter February 2017 As any gardener dealing with the vagaries of weather and pest infestations can tell you, our natural world is a complex system! Repeating or cyclical patterns make it a little easier to understand. Cyclical events in nature range from daily cycles of light and dark to millennia-long cycles in the tilt and wobble of the earth, which affect how much sunlight and heat reaches our planet. The study of these cyclical events in nature, their causes and relation-ship to other natural phenomena, particularly weather and climate, is called phenology. We also introduce a new, ongoing feature on pollinators.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Seedy Saturday and Seedy Sunday

Lanark County Master Gardeners Seedy
Seedy Saturdays and Sundays take place across Canada in January February and March.  Many are free admittance and all are fun. You can swap and exchange seeds and buy seeds from suppliers.  Meet with fellow gardeners.  Many Seedy days have free gardening seminars.  In Lanark County, your local Master Gardener group is on hand to answer your gardening questions. In Almonte, join us on Saturday February 9 at the Almonte Civitan Club from 9 am to 3 pm and in Perth on Sunday March 2 at the Perth Civitan Club.  Read more.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Edible Garden Newsletter February 2016

Lanark County Master Gardener Edible Garden  February 2016
Edibles on the rise--How high can we go? Save space and grow your plants up.  Transform sterile roofs of high rise buildings into thriving gardens,  Also, what the heck are Cardoon and May Pops?  Read all about it in the February Edible Garden Newsletter.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Seedy Saturday Almonte

Lanark County Master Gardeners Seedy Saturday Almonte
Seedy Saturday Almonte on February 20th 9-3 at the Almonte Civitan Hall.  Admission is $2.  Bring any seeds, gardening books and supplies to swap.  Learn about and purchase heirloom, organic, open pollinated seeds and plants.  Participate in presentations on garden extending, hoop house techniques, square foot planting, plant breeding and more.  Stop by to meet the seed, plant and food producers from in and around Almonte.  Brought to you by the Beyond the Garden Gate.  Sponsored by Neighbourhood Tomato with support from Almonte and District Horticultural Society, Mississippi Mills Public Library and Seed Lending Library, Lanark County Master Gardeners, Canadian Organic Growers and Seeds of Diversity Canada.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Edible Garden Newsletter February 2015

The February 2015 Edible Garden Newsletter is now available.  This month we focus on small, soft fruits from your old favorites--raspberries, strawberries and blueberries to some of the more unusual--Haskap and Goji berries and hardy Kiwis.  Book reviews, recipes, Gardening tips and more.  Check it out!  Read more

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Inviting Spring in--A Guide to Starting Seeds Indoors

Do you want to get a jump start on Spring?  Consider growing some of your own transplants.  Do you ever wonder when you should start your seeds indoors and out?  To find out, Read more.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Edible Garden Newsletter February 2014

February 2014 issue of the Edible Garden is here.  Its feature article details growing your own transplants, including a schedule and timing for planting into the garden.

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