Gardening


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It’s so rewarding to put on your toque and boots and run out for a bowl of fresh greens while the ground is still covered in snow! For farmers relying on selling winter greens for income, there’s more to consider than what I’ll describe. Whole books and conferences are devoted to this subject. But for the backyard gardener, growing some winter greens isn’t as crazy as you might think. Best case scenario: You have homegrown greens in the winter, fresher than anything from the grocery store. Worst case scenario: You’re in the same boat as you were before. For winter […]

Growing Cold-Hardy Winter Greens


Tomato plants
  Many of our customers don’t have the set-up or time to start their own tomato seedling(s). Rather than start from seed, it’s way easier to buy them fully grown and ready to plant. Each year, we grow tomato seedlings (lots of different great varieties!) for our customers to grow in their own backyards. Every variety has been trialed and tested by us on our farm and has successfully ripened delicious tomatoes in our climate. We start them from seed in March and grow them in organic potting soil with organic nutrients that we add for slow-release minerals so your […]

How to Care for your Tomato Seedling


Organic Seeds
It’s that time of year! When many of our customers are starting up their personal gardens. We’ve grown seedlings for sale ever since we started Broadfork Farm. Last year (in 2016), we also started selling seeds for our customers to plant at home. Not all seeds or plants can be set out when there’s still a chance of frost…. crops like tomatoes, basil, peppers, eggplant, beans, zucchini, etc. But there are quite a few that thrive in the cooler weather.   First things first, healthy crops grow in healthy soil. The phrase that organic farmers and gardeners repeat is “feed […]

How to Start Seeds in your Garden



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In our area (the region where Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island meet), we could still experience frosty nights. While people sometimes think it’s too early to plant their gardens, there are plenty of plants who love spreading their roots in the cool soil at this time of year. This is a great time to plant cold-hardy plants like: Lettuce (our Lettuce Mix seed packets *) Asian or mustard greens (like our Sweet n’ Spicy Mix seed packets * which is a blend of all our favourite Asian and mustard greens…..and we trial TONS of varieties!) Arugula (plant […]

How to Garden Even When the Weather is ...