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 The season is getting close! We'll have everything outside this year including the Square reader for contactless payments, the scale and some bags and hand sanitizer. The vegetables are growing well - beets, carrots, onions, lettuce and tons of garlic. Watch the video to see where we're at if you haven't been here before.
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Alberta Open Farm Days August 15th and 16th! We hope to have lots of people come out to see the garlic growing and to walk around the farm with one of us or our kids. We'll be careful to leave lots of room between groups and tour areas without crowding anyone.

The garlic is coming -- we can't wait for the season to begin. We planted lots of all three main types of garlic - rocambole, porcelain and purple stripe. The Rocambole types we planted are German Red and Yugoslavian -- medium heat and lovely taste. Porcelain types are hotter and usually have beautiful white, large cloves. The porcelain strains we planted are Music, which is a Canadian-developed garlic, Georgian Fire, and Leningrad, which is new to us this year from a prominent Ontario grower. The last major strain is purple stripe, and it's the type that has the highest allicin content, for those who like garlic for its health benefits -- ours is Chesnok Red which we've grown for years.


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Videos:

We've started planting the transplants in the garden (May 24th, 2020) again live action and storyboard version.

We did a couple of videos showing tomato seedlings in newspaper pots. The first one is live action and the second is pictures with captions.

And two more videos putting the toilet paper tomato seedlings into soil in compostable bags.

We love to eat garden tomatoes throughout the winter. Most years there are many ready at one time, so we process them as they’re ready. This year we don’t have any large tomatoes ripe yet, but the cherry tomatoes are ripening a few at a time. We lay them out on a cookie sheet in the freezer until they’re frozen solid and then transfer them into a bag either until there are enough to make into puree or else to use individually in soups or sauces when needed. The flavour is spectacular and it’s cool to have what looks and sounds like a bag of marbles in the freezer. There’s a video on you tube if you’d like to see.

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We made a video of frying potatoes – just in case anyone wonders how we do it.

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Here's another for baked potatoes :)

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We've been using scapes in our marinade and loving it.

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Highland Beef:

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There is a limited number of Highland cattle sides available for 2020. Please let us know if you’re interested in purchasing one. There's a link to our beef page where there's updated information. Email if you have any questions.


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Garlic Information:

Garlic bulbils are small clones of the garlic plant that grow on top of the scape of hardneck garlic. The scapes are gorgeous and tasty, and the bulbils should be great for growing new plants. Here at the farm, though, we haven't had success in planting the bulbils - we don't spray for weeds and our soil is full of seeds and roots, so the bulbils get 'lost'. We're trying to find a good way of planting them, and this year we've put some in planters - hopefully they grow! 2019: the bulbils did grow and the planters are a great way for us to grow them, but even for bulbils it's better to plant in the fall, I think. German Red and Music bulbils were planted on October 17, 2019. ** update June, 2020: we had no bulbils survive the winter of 19/20! Therefore we're going back to spring planting the bulbils for this season, meaning we'll save bulbils from the 2020 crop and plant them in the Spring of 2021 and report on the results when we have them **

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Here are pictures of the bulbil planters in June 2019 - they look great!

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Everything is grown outside in our garden without fertilizers or sprays of any kind.

I just uploaded a video showing how to make garlic puree.

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Cotton Bags:

We are excited about some cotton bags that I made. I have a bit of a thing about plastic, so we need to have a good alternative available for our customers. The bags are 100% cotton and totally washable - the fabric has been preshrunk in our washer and dried in the dryer. I'm sure we all use reusable grocery bags, but I often wish I could throw them in the washing machine, so that's what I had in mind when choosing fabric - and economy, of course! We picked out a few low-cost prints to ensure the price would be very reasonable.

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Newspaper Pots:

One of the best innovations we’ve tried in the last couple of years is our newspaper pots. We start seeds usually in peat pellets or flats of soil and then when they’re well sprouted and need more room and some dirt we put the pellets or rooted soil into a dirt-filled newspaper pot where they continue to grow until they’re ready to go out to the garden.

Newspaper pots go straight into planters or the garden so there seems to be very little transplant shock. Roots grow easily through the paper when they’re ready to, and the newspaper composts over the season. Everything I’ve read says that the ink on the paper is no problem for the plants or the soil. If a plant seems cramped in its pot you simply put soil in a bigger pot and put the smaller pot into the larger one without removing the smaller one, then put the whole thing in the garden. If the pot gets weak from a long season indoors or if one waters a lot and the pot seems shaky it’s easy to put it into another pot, again without removing the first pot. There is no disruption of the roots with these pots. Another super feature is that you can feel how moist the pot is - you can feel it from the outside, which is really useful. I can find it difficult to know when seedlings need water, but there is no such difficulty when you can see and feel the
moisture.

I made a video showing how to make the pots and there is another video showing the box in a square form, which makes it easier to see the tucks. There is another short video showing the geranium cutting in a newspaper box.


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Lorraine & Kevin Bannister

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