In the SHED we recently discovered that all seeds are not created equal! We were looking for heirloom & heritage seeds to start in our raised square foot gardens this spring. We recently met Stacey from Edible Antiques - A creative and inspiring small seed company. All of her seeds are grown in Prince Edward County and are therefore, regionally adapted to our climate and soil conditions. Weather here is somewhat extreme compared to our surrounding areas because we are an island (which is the giant peninsula in the middle of Lake Ontario) so these plants often experience extreme cold, extreme heat, extreme rain or extreme drought…depending on the time of the season! Long story short…these seeds are fairly hardy!
The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. In this first series of blogs looking at the value of soil - We asked Carson Arthur who is an outdoor design and lifestyle expert and co-host of HGTV’s Critical Listing to explain how to go organic in the garden....
Organic growth is the way to go - Carson Arthur
As this trend of growing heirloom vegetables continues, there seems to be a transition away from synthetic fertilizers to feed them. This isn’t surprising as ‘GMO-messaging’ and benefits of organic food information becomes mainstream. As a result, health conscious homeowners like myself are returning to using manure as a soil conditioner.
SHED SHIT - Alpaca poo for spring gardening www.shedchetwynfarms.com
SHED SHIT - Our air-cured and ground alpaca bean products - great for enhancing the soil with extra nutrients (1.2.1) Available in 2 forms - Bag of Beans - (1lb $10.00) Sprinkle around plants and seedlings, or "Tea-Bags" (2x 1oz bags $7.50) allow to steep in water and pour on seedlings and transplants! From our friend Carson Arthur......
"As this trend of growing heirloom vegetables continues, there seems to be a transition away from synthetic fertilizers to feed them. This isn’t surprising as ‘GMO-messaging’ and benefits of organic food information becomes mainstream. As a result, health conscious homeowners like myself are returning to using manure as a soil conditioner.
This time of year were in the final stages of designing and creating our 2015 spring collection. The raw fibre we sheered from our alpaca last spring is the basis of this years collection. Either the "blanket" (the most prized fleece an alpaca produces) which we cherish and use only for hand-crafted knit goods and yarn by the skein or fleece not suitable for spinning into yarn (which we use for felting and bird fleece products, or even the alpaca beans (manure) are all worked into our annual offerings.
We recently had a family wedding! The bride-to-be was looking for something unique and special for her wedding day. Many of the pictures were going to be taken outdoors on snow covered lane-ways and wind-swept vistas so our bride wanted something warm (Canadian warm) without bulky weight - AND complemented her wedding dress.This cold February wedding called for an elegant and luxurious alpaca shawl to fend-off the cold winds - Our custom hand-knit shawl was created using 100% alpaca yarn from our prized alpaca "Aurora". Creamy white with lustrous under-tones, the shawl wrapped the bride in warmth and looked great too! Gathered at the front with a silk ribbon, the shawl made for easy pics on a bitter cold day - Watch for it soon in our spring collection or contact us about a custom shawl for your "big-day"
Enjoying the cold but sunny day on the farm