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Workshop Event

Hi everyone;

It is that time of year again, and thankfully we do not have 3 feet of snow to hinder our efforts to host a seed saving hands-on workshop on the farm November 11 (after 11) until 4:30 and Saturday November 12 from 12 to 5.  I welcome you to participate as we will learn about seed saving and storage, with real life examples of all the things saved and dried this year and how to harvest them.  This course is part of the Organic Master Gardeners series I teach in Stony Plain every year and worth about $150.  So I am offering it free of charge as you will be helping me with the work and in return gaining valuable knowledge and life skills.  I would suggest you register with me anyway so I know who to expect.

Send an email to Denise – smileyo at xplornet dot ca

Make sure and spell that correctly and put seed workshop in the title.

If you only have part of the day to offer that is fine, I just need to know.  We will meet at the farm and divide into work stations and rotate around so everyone learns about the different aspects of seed harvest, cleaning, storage and so on.

Hope to see you here.  We will potluck a late lunch each day at about 1.  Bring your favorite snacks or whatever.   Thanks everyone!

Denise

New Orders for 2018

Hi there;

I have been getting many excited emails about the new catalogue.  Unfortunately it is not quite ready yet.  But I have worked on a new order form that you can use for the old catalogue just fine.  Might want to check with me for availability though.  Here it is. I am working on the catalogue now and the new site, still.  So expect some great changes soon.

Thanks again.

Order form

potatoes

Hello;

With winter coming on soon, it is time to stock up on potatoes.  If you are thinking it would be nice to have some different varieties going into the fall in your pantry, perhaps ones you have never tried before, text me at 780  three  zero five 6377 and either you can come pick them up or we can meet sometime around Spruce Grove for delivery.  They are being dug today and there are many beautiful ones out there.

Thanks

Annual and Perennial Flowers

All offerings are $3.50 per packet

FL5.  Sweet William – 20-40 seeds.  Dark Pink and White.   Assorted colors of the perennial favorite of old country gardens.  Producing clustered heads in white with pink splashes, and variations therein.  Up to 18”

FL51.  Sweet William – Red Summer Heat.  Perennial favorite with a deep red color.  Up to 18”.

FL52.  Sweet William – 20-30 seeds Deep pink color. Up to 18”.

FL6.  Petunias – 50 seeds or more

a) Midnight Dreams type – deep purple, almost black.

b) Iced Salmon – salmon pink and slightly lighter shades.

c) Blue Frosted mix – purples with light edges.

d) Butter cream – yellowy white

e) White/Pink mix – some white, some pink, some mixed both

g) Plum blush – vibrant plum colors in deep shades

h) Pink mix – mix of all shades of pink.

i) Orchid daddy type – medium purple.

j) Peach Ice mix– light peach color and variations with white frost.

k) Electric plum – bold plum that is at once deep pink and blue. Hard to describe.  Very showy.

m) Tidal Wave silver – light purple almost silver, trailing wave type

q) Midnight frost – dark purple with white frilly edges

r) Frosty mix – mixture of purple and pink centers with white frilly edges.

FL8. Bunny Tail Grass – 45 seeds per pkg.  This fun grass is covered with fluffy, soft bunny tail seed heads that turn from green to light tan.  Good for containers or the back of the flower bed.  They are drought tolerant and ornamental for flower arrangements.  8-12” high.

FL16. Ice plant – red/orange – 25 seeds per pkg. Limited offering.  This succulent is one of my favorite plants, easy to grow and producing captivating flowers and foliage. Low spreading ground cover or pot plant.

FL 33. Snapdragons – red/yellow stripe – 50 seeds.  As others, 12-18” tall.  Showy and different.

FL 34. Snapdragons – Red Riot – Bright red flowers on tall spikes.  2’ average height.

FL 35. Snapdragons – Dark Red Wine – These flowers are a mix of deep purply red. Plants are 2’ high.

FL37.  Snapdragons – Sorbet Mix – mix of creamy pinks, with orange to yellow fringe. Nice for borders.

FL40.  Sunflowers – Edible seeded – 25 seeds.  Tall plants (over 3’)  with medium to large sized heads, grey striped seeds.  Flowers are yellow and showy, typical of edible seeded varieties.

FL42.  Sunflower – Beauty mix – 25 seeds.  A tall mixture of varying shades of sunflowers with blazes of burgundy throughout.  Stunning variety.

FL43.  Sunflower – Dark Red mix – 25 seeds.  5-6’ tall, dark green foliage with some striped with dark purple, flowers in shades of red, burgundy, deep brown and lighter variations with yellow.

FL44.  Sunflower – Amazing blend – 25 seeds.  5-6’tall, deep green foliage, producing heads 4-6” across.  Shades vary from bright yellow to yellow with red inside or on the outside of the petals, or striped along each petal.  Never know what you will get until they open.

FL 46.  Sunflower – Summertime Shine – 25 seeds.  Bright yellow to deep yellow blends with some variation with red and orange.

FL 47. Sunflower – Edible – Short Stuff – 70 days.  A shorter version of an edible seeded sunflower, traditional medium sized heads produce many edible oil seeds that can be enjoyed in the winter or set out for the birds.  Your choice.  25 seeds per package.

FL48. Sunflower – Deep Red.  25 seeds.  5-6 feet tall, dark green foliage, dark red flowers in almost burgundy tones.  Stunning.

FL49. Sunflower – Yellow Fields – 25 seeds.  5’ tall, medium green leaves, and medium sized sunny yellow heads with slight variations of orange and red hints.

FL50. Sunflowers – Rainbow Blend – 25 seeds.  5-6”, stunning blend of red, pink, burgundy, orange and yellow variations all mixed up in one flower sometimes.  Very interesting and showy.

FL53.  Sunflowers – Wedding Mix – 25 seeds.  5-6’, great mix for wedding bouquets, this mix is lighter colors in shades of cream to deep yellow.

FL45.  Love-Lies-Bleeding – Amaranth – 48 days.  Beautiful drooping pink and red flower sprays that contain tiny light yellow, round edible seeds.  Cook like quinoa or regular amaranth for a tasty treat or just enjoy the beauty of the plants.  Leaves and stems of this plant also contain active red and purple pigments.  Grow about 2.5 feet tall.

OTHER POPPIES

FL56. A Shirley Mix – mixed single colors

B  Ladybird – red and black dotted centers

C  Double Pink – Frilly Pink

D  Double Pink – Shelley Pompom

E  Large Pink Breadseed poppy

F  Venus mix – Large pink, white frill

FL 65. Hollyhock mix – Old fashioned single flowered blend of pink, white and fuschia flowers, growing up to 10’ tall.  Make a wonderful hedge.  Need some wind support.

FL66.  Pink Yarrow – like the wild variety, only with lovely pink flowers, cheery in the flowerbed.  These grow about 18” tall. In a mass of pink.  Perennial favorite.

FL67.  Calendula – Yellow and Orange favorites mix.

Queen Anne’s Lace, see herbs.

Mandy offering – Jacob’s Tears, White Seeded Sunflower, Small black seeded sunflower, and Shasta Daisy.

Seed Savers

I think often of what this part of the world must have looked like before our white ancestors came here and we can see from historic records that it was abundant in culture and nature. It was peaceful. There were struggles and wars but not on the scale we brought and sadly the kind of life that would have sustained the land was not understood or acceptable to the minds of those first foreigners.

It was a long time ago and yet today we are not removed from those days or the abuses that followed. Even today if we turn a blind eye to suffering or inequality among any one of us no matter skin color, creed, religion, sexual preference, or race we have all agreed to injustice and the perpetuation of the very mindset that enslaved us all.

There are those that seek to enslave in other parts of the world people in the same way now as was perpetuated in Canada in the past. We must open our eyes and see this is always done for greed and it is never portrayed in the media that way because we would jot support it. We must find out the truth and that takes some digging. No nightly news will show you the whole story. Always the people in the area will give a different picture. So please open your eyes and help change the world for the better.

Where we go one, we go all. We are all people. We are all equal in the eyes of the creator. None of us are free if even one is in chains. Those chains are in our minds and sometimes physical and may we all seek to realize that truth for the good of all.

This poem speaks of how I feel about anyone person or group that would move against another or a Nation in the name of supposed progress.  May you enjoy it as I did.

To all those who work with seed and endeavor to be self sufficient, just and peace loving.

The Seed Keepers
by Palestinian poet Fawaz Turki

( b.1940)
Burn our land
burn our dream
pour acid onto our songs
cover with sawdust
the blood of our massacred people
muffle with your technology
the screams of all that is free,
wild and indigenous.
Destroy,
destroy
our grass and soil
raze to the ground
every farm and every village
our ancestors had built,
every tree, every home
every book, every law
and all the equity and harmony.
Flatten with your bombs
every valley; erase with your edits
our past,
our literature; our metaphor.
Denude the forests
and the earth
till no insect,
no bird
no word
can find a place to hide.
Do that and more.
I do not fear your tyranny
I do not despair ever
for I guard one seed
a little live seed
and I shall safeguard
and plant again.

Thank you Fawas, may your words act like lightning rods to lighten a world and minds in the dark.

Love is all there is.

This Weekend

Hi everyone;

We will be going ahead with the weekend event Saturday at 9:30 sharp.  We are looking like rain, but we will go ahead.  Bring your rain gear, and a change of footwear.  We will have an indoor space to make the tinctures and learn about herbs and mushrooms.  So just be prepared for a little walking and bugs.

Lunch is potluck and I am making Chili, we also have tuna sandwiches, coleslaw and cookies so far.

Look forward to seeing everyone there.

Denise

Summer herb walk

Hi;

I am going to set a day for a herb and mushroom walk on our farm and anyone interested must let me know.  The date is August 25, 2018 unless there are oats to harvest, which I will keep everyone informed of changes.  It will be from 9 Am to 2 PM.  Lunch will be potluck.  We will learn about seed collecting and making tinctures as well.  Please register with me via email at smileyo at xplornet dot ca.

Thanks,

Denise