Garlic


Green Manure
Thanks to our great friend Katie for taking all these photos of our field day! This past Sunday (October 14th), we held a Field Day at our farm. While it was a bit late in the season to show the peak of abundance, the timing was strategic. It would be less likely that mosquitoes or black flies would overwhelm folks. It’s crazy beautiful here when the leaves are changing colour in the fall. We wanted to host a demo of our Self-Loading compost spreader and we needed it to be a time when it was mostly completed and definitely useable […]

Behind the Scenes: a Recap of our Field ...


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We’re hosting a Field Day at Broadfork Farm, welcome to all!   Approximate schedule: (possibly subject to modifications) 1-2 pm: Farm tour. We’ll show you around and talk about what we see. 2-3 pm: Garlic Planting Party! Many hands make light work. Garlic is a fun crop to plant and a nice way to get your hands into the soil before winter arrives. Plus: we’re super excited that we’ll all be serenaded while planting garlic by our neighbour Bridget Michels, who will be playing and singing ‘music to plant garlic by’. For a time, Bridget was lucky enough to make […]

We’re hosting a Field Day & Everyone’s Welcome!


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Planting Fall Bulbs Ok, I’ll admit it. When the time comes to plant our fall bulbs, my body is not in the mood for it. After a season of planting, and while we’re still harvesting heavy root crops, we’ve also got thousands of fall bulbs to get in the ground. But once they’re all in, I feel ready for winter. Whether you’re just planning on putting a handful in or you’re going big, planting fall bulbs is a great way to start off your next growing season. On our farm come fall, we’ll be setting in bulbs of garlic, tulips, […]

How to Plant Fall Bulbs: Growing Tips from ...



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Last fall, when we were going through our farm purchase, we needed somewhere to plant our garlic. Cindy and David from Pleasant Hill Farm (in Pleasant River, Queen’s County, NS) were generous enough to let us plant a bed at their farm. They prepped the bed with their spader, applied compost and gave us hay to mulch with after we had planted the garlic bulbs. They also scaped the garlic (took off the scapes aka flower stalks) when it was time. Super generous! They were fellow vendors with us last year when we attended the Lunenburg and Hubbards farmers’ markets […]

Our Garlic Harvest at Pleasant Hill Farm


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Garlic is one of the favourite items that I use in preparing food: raw, roasted, or sauteed! Going through the supermarket it is hard to find local, let alone organically grown garlic. Most of the supply comes in from China, Mexico or other places from far distances, yet, garlic is well suited to grow right here! There is certainly a demand for locally grown garlic, and most other farmers I know have a hard time growing enough for their market tables, or for planting stock for people that want to grow their own. Normally, garlic is grown by taking a […]

Propagating Garlic!