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Quarter Acres Farm Quesnel BC🍁

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- One of the neatest gardening hacks that I was taught in school and use around this time of year was formulated into a lesson plan for the kindergarten class yesterday and they had a blast getting their hands dirty and learning a bit about growing brassicas (cabbage & broccoli) and liliaceae (green onion & leeks) in milk jugs that you literally put out in the snow🌨 How and why? - Take a 4ltr milk jug, cut in half leaving a hinge around the handle part and poke holes all over the bottom part of the jug - fill bottom of jug with potting soil leaving room to top up soil when done planting seeds - spray down soil with water and give it a good soak, tapping the jug on a hard surface to get the air pockets out -sprinkle seeds as mentioned above on the surface, and cover them lightly with some more soil, spray with water again - duct tape the top of the jug to the bottom to reseal the cut seam, try not to leave gaps you are creating a mini greenhouse out of the jugs -write down what is planted on the jugs with a sharpie (very important) -place jugs outside in the snow (jugs should have the lids off) and keep it sheltered from the wind Let mother nature do its seasonal thing! When spring rolls around and the temperature heats the soil to a nice even 18-20° the plants will start breaking the surface. By then, on a sunny warm day you can take the tape off and prop open the lids to allow airflow and sunshine on them. Don't forget to close the top part of the lid at night. When the plants are starting to max out their space you can transplant directly into the garden. These type of plants need stratification (cold and warm temp) to begin the growing process, so by allowing the snow and rain with the spring heat to expand and contract the soil, the seeds have a no maitenence environment to do their thing. Since the jugs have been in an outside environment from seed planting. There is no need to harden off your seedlings when it's time to move into your main garden. This is a long post but give it a try if you have our wonderful northern growing challenges. It works amazingly😎
- One of the neatest gardening hacks that I was taught in school and use around this time of year was formulated into a lesson plan for the kindergarten class yesterday and they had a blast getting their hands dirty and learning a bit about growing brassicas (cabbage & broccoli) and liliaceae (green onion & leeks) in milk jugs that you literally put out in the snow🌨 How and why? - Take a 4ltr milk jug, cut in half leaving a hinge around the handle part and poke holes all over the bottom part of the jug - fill bottom of jug with potting soil leaving room to top up soil when done planting seeds - spray down soil with water and give it a good soak, tapping the jug on a hard surface to get the air pockets out -sprinkle seeds as mentioned above on the surface, and cover them lightly with some more soil, spray with water again - duct tape the top of the jug to the bottom to reseal the cut seam, try not to leave gaps you are creating a mini greenhouse out of the jugs -write down what is planted on the jugs with a sharpie (very important) -place jugs outside in the snow (jugs should have the lids off) and keep it sheltered from the wind Let mother nature do its seasonal thing! When spring rolls around and the temperature heats the soil to a nice even 18-20° the plants will start breaking the surface. By then, on a sunny warm day you can take the tape off and prop open the lids to allow airflow and sunshine on them. Don't forget to close the top part of the lid at night. When the plants are starting to max out their space you can transplant directly into the garden. These type of plants need stratification (cold and warm temp) to begin the growing process, so by allowing the snow and rain with the spring heat to expand and contract the soil, the seeds have a no maitenence environment to do their thing. Since the jugs have been in an outside environment from seed planting. There is no need to harden off your seedlings when it's time to move into your main garden. This is a long post but give it a try if you have our wonderful northern growing challenges. It works amazingly😎
- One of the neatest gardening hacks that I was taught in school and use around this time of year was formulated into a lesson plan for the kindergarten class yesterday and they had a blast getting their hands dirty and learning a bit about growing brassicas (cabbage & broccoli) and liliaceae (green onion & leeks) in milk jugs that you literally put out in the snow🌨 How and why? - Take a 4ltr milk jug, cut in half leaving a hinge around the handle part and poke holes all over the bottom part of the jug - fill bottom of jug with potting soil leaving room to top up soil when done planting seeds - spray down soil with water and give it a good soak, tapping the jug on a hard surface to get the air pockets out -sprinkle seeds as mentioned above on the surface, and cover them lightly with some more soil, spray with water again - duct tape the top of the jug to the bottom to reseal the cut seam, try not to leave gaps you are creating a mini greenhouse out of the jugs -write down what is planted on the jugs with a sharpie (very important) -place jugs outside in the snow (jugs should have the lids off) and keep it sheltered from the wind Let mother nature do its seasonal thing! When spring rolls around and the temperature heats the soil to a nice even 18-20° the plants will start breaking the surface. By then, on a sunny warm day you can take the tape off and prop open the lids to allow airflow and sunshine on them. Don't forget to close the top part of the lid at night. When the plants are starting to max out their space you can transplant directly into the garden. These type of plants need stratification (cold and warm temp) to begin the growing process, so by allowing the snow and rain with the spring heat to expand and contract the soil, the seeds have a no maitenence environment to do their thing. Since the jugs have been in an outside environment from seed planting. There is no need to harden off your seedlings when it's time to move into your main garden. This is a long post but give it a try if you have our wonderful northern growing challenges. It works amazingly😎
- Where have I been since the holidays! It wasnt on social media which felt real good, I have so many projects that are coming up and I had to put my full attention into them, currently the kitchen is filled to the brim with sprouts and microgreens for an upcoming workshop that I'm presenting next month, and the green light has been given to run a garden program at our local elementary school. and then there is this year's crop........ we are going the potager and herb route. It been a good start to the new year already🌱
- Where have I been since the holidays! It wasnt on social media which felt real good, I have so many projects that are coming up and I had to put my full attention into them, currently the kitchen is filled to the brim with sprouts and microgreens for an upcoming workshop that I'm presenting next month, and the green light has been given to run a garden program at our local elementary school. and then there is this year's crop........ we are going the potager and herb route. It been a good start to the new year already🌱
- Where have I been since the holidays! It wasnt on social media which felt real good, I have so many projects that are coming up and I had to put my full attention into them, currently the kitchen is filled to the brim with sprouts and microgreens for an upcoming workshop that I'm presenting next month, and the green light has been given to run a garden program at our local elementary school. and then there is this year's crop........ we are going the potager and herb route. It been a good start to the new year already🌱
- Our perfect tree was selected today. And I often wonder if we should be chopping down a tree for 24 days in the house. So here is how we make the decision year after year..... Our city has a wonderful old couple who opens their property for family's to select the perfect tree, candling all done by the owner. No carbon foot print✔ The land and trees are not sprayed with chemicals✔ Supported local✔ Free Hot chocolate and hot dogs for the kids by a warm fire✔ Tree is composted once the season is over✔ And nothing can beat the time spent together on a cool foggy afternoon❤ What ever your decision is for having that perfect tree, I hope it's memorable year after year!
- Our perfect tree was selected today. And I often wonder if we should be chopping down a tree for 24 days in the house. So here is how we make the decision year after year..... Our city has a wonderful old couple who opens their property for family's to select the perfect tree, candling all done by the owner. No carbon foot print✔ The land and trees are not sprayed with chemicals✔ Supported local✔ Free Hot chocolate and hot dogs for the kids by a warm fire✔ Tree is composted once the season is over✔ And nothing can beat the time spent together on a cool foggy afternoon❤ What ever your decision is for having that perfect tree, I hope it's memorable year after year!
- Our perfect tree was selected today. And I often wonder if we should be chopping down a tree for 24 days in the house. So here is how we make the decision year after year..... Our city has a wonderful old couple who opens their property for family's to select the perfect tree, candling all done by the owner. No carbon foot print✔ The land and trees are not sprayed with chemicals✔ Supported local✔ Free Hot chocolate and hot dogs for the kids by a warm fire✔ Tree is composted once the season is over✔ And nothing can beat the time spent together on a cool foggy afternoon❤ What ever your decision is for having that perfect tree, I hope it's memorable year after year!

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