Posted in Gardening & Backyard Farming

Humus – the essential ingredient: Graeme Sait at TEDxNoosa – YouTube

Humus – the essential ingredient: Graeme Sait at TEDxNoosa – YouTube.

As Graeme Sait explains in this must-see Tedx talk, we all need to protect and increase our healthy soils, which have been devastated through conventional farming and other means. The humus in soil is what traps carbon, holds moisture and contains the minerals needed for healthy plants and food crops.

Graeme talks about one way we can all help keep our planet habitable for future generations, by simply making sure our towns and cities are collecting food waste and turning it in to compost, which is then put back into the soil to feed it.

Posted in Gardening & Backyard Farming, Healthy (& Tasty!) Eating

Garlic Harvest

About 1/2 of 2014 Garlic crop
Half of 2014 Garlic crop

Our Garden seems to be doing quite well considering how hot is has been for the last while. We put in a new drip irrigation system this year, which is simply a hose connected to a couple of multi-shutoffs. We bought some ergonomic shut-offs this year to help Diannes hands. Also bought a better quality drip hose (same as city uses in some of their parks). This allows us to create zones in the garden and shut areas off and on as needed. As we just harvested the garlic, we can now shut that area off, so we don’t waste water.
 
The garlic is a little early this year. This photo is about half the crop which we harvested yesterday. Tomorrow, we will select out the best bulbs to be used for re-planting this fall and hang up all of the garlic for curing. Can’t wait to start eating! (We did try a little out already, but not as tasty before curing). With the Garlic out of the ground, we can train the squash to take over the area, as they are rapidly spreading now. They are full of bees and other pollinators, so should have a good crop of them as well!

Posted in Gardening & Backyard Farming

Combustion-Free Hot Water at the Whole Systems Research Farm on Vimeo

This is a very interesting project showing the heat you can generate from composting. We have been discussing this type of project on larger scale here in Kelowna, so good to see others testing out as well!

Combustion-Free Hot Water at the Whole Systems Research Farm on Vimeo on Vimeo

via Combustion-Free Hot Water at the Whole Systems Research Farm on Vimeo.

Posted in Sustainable Homes and Living

Bokashi

Bokashi is Japanese for fermented and the bokashi we are speaking of is fermented wheat or rice bran. It is used to pickle kitchen waste to keep it from reeking or attracting vermin, while giving this waste a boost on its way to becoming the most bio-active compost material you can create for the time and money it takes. Usually 4 weeks.