Winter Micro Greens!

Locally grown food can be hard to come by, especially in the dead of winter but we’ve got it covered here at Greenshire Eco Farms.

Since late December we’ve been growing micro greens in one of our out-buildings; an ex school portable. Micro greens are similar to sprouts in that they are both baby plants but […]

Fruit & Nut Tree Care Update

Yesterday I finished the first round of tree care; inspecting and spraying the fruit and nut trees here at Greenshire. I used a mix of water, hydrogen peroxide, and soap. The peroxide helps against blight, leaf spot, leaf curl, and a host of other issues. Last year some of our nectarine and peach leaves curled […]

Growing A Masanobu Fukuoka Inspired No-Till Grain Crop With The Help Of A Pig, Some Plants, And A Tool From The Grim Reapers Arsenal...The Scythe!

Today one of our pot-belly pigs, Gloria, was helping clear some ground in the gardens. This land will be used to plant and cultivate a grain crop by hand, based on the natural farming techniques of Masanobu Fukuoka. Fukuoka is famous worldwide for his methods and books such as “One Straw Revolution” , and “The […]

Planting Garlic in December??? Thanks Climate Change... A 'How To' Guide to Growing and Harvesting No-Till Garlic

Yes you read right, we’re planting garlic at Greenshire in the December days leading up to Christmas. I was putting some in the ground today, which is definitely not the norm for this time of year, though it seems like the normal weather has been thrown out the window round these parts. I should be […]

How To Set Up a Sheet Mulch/Lasagne Garden + Cold Frame Setup for Season Extension

A cold frame is a sort of mini greenhouse used extend the growing season. A sheet mulch is a style of no-till garden bed preparation where layers of different types of organic matter and soil amendments are placed on top of the existing¬† ground. Here at Greenshire we decided to combine the two ideas and […]

Greenshire is Nuts!

We just recently finished planting 69 nut trees and 4 fruit trees, totaling about 3 acres!

The types of nut trees we planted are:

Hazelnut

Korean Pine Nut

Heartnut

Pecan

Almond

Hybrid sweet oak

Persimmon

I know what you’re probably thinking but yes, you really can grow those here in central Ontario. I must admit that the pecan is really pushing the boundaries of […]

Spring Planting Begins!

We’ve just entered the new moon phase and the weather is warm, which means the floodgates of planting are open!

Here’s a link to a moon phase planting calendar and explanation of how it works:

http://www.ommas-aarden.net/perp_lunar_garden.htm

Usually the outdoor plantings don’t begin until the first or second week of April but we’ve started a little early thanks to […]

Self-Seeded Tomato Circle Video

I think we only ever watered these tomatoes once. It while they were first forming fruit but they didn’t actually need the water, I just wanted to boost their fruit set a little. I should mention that we are in zone 5a in Ontario Canada. You’re not supposed to be able to get a finished […]

How to Plant Garlic and Grow It as a Perennial

So the garlic is all planted, finally. I put approximately 6000-7000 cloves in the ground.

Some were planted in a ring around our fruit trees, and strawberries for their aromatic protection against pests. Most were planted in large blocks with vacant strips in between, so that vulnerable crops can grow within a protective border of garlic.

Usually, […]

Time to grow our blog!

Our second growing season has come to an end and finally we’ve got some time to start up-dating or ‘growing’ our blog. We want to say thank-you again to our loyal CSA and market customers as well as our interns and volunteers who had a part in helping us to grow a greater good. […]