splitting garlic bulbs to get ready for planting and it's hard
not to marvel at the beauty of the bulbs. Each one is unique.
Pictured are Chesnok Red, which has a gorgeous variety of pinks,
Georgian Fire, Music and Yugoslavian. Chesnok Red has about 10
cloves per bulb, Georgian Red has about 8, Yugoslavian and Music
about 3 cloves per bulb, so their cloves are huge!
is sold out! Thanks to our wonderful customers for making this
the best season ever. We plan to expand the garlic patch this
fall - we're energized by our community of garlic lovers and
fresh, local food supporters.
We love to eat garden tomatoes throughout the winter. Most years there are many ready at one time, so we process them as they’re ready. This year we don’t have any large tomatoes ripe yet, but the cherry tomatoes are ripening a few at a time. We lay them out on a cookie sheet in the freezer until they’re frozen solid and then transfer them into a bag either until there are enough to make into puree or else to use individually in soups or sauces when needed. The flavour is spectacular and it’s cool to have what looks and sounds like a bag of marbles in the freezer. There’s a video on you tube if you’d like to see.
We made a video of frying potatoes – just in case anyone wonders how we do it.
We've been using scapes in our marinade and loving it.
The Highland cattle sides are sold for 2019, but please let us know if you’re interested in purchasing one next year.
Email for more information or if you have any questions.
If you haven't checked out our instagram feed please do when you have time - we're posting more regularly as of summer 2019.
Here are pictures of the bulbil planters in June - they look great!
planted lots of all three main types of garlic - rocambole,
porcelain and purple stripe. I think of roca as regular garlic -
we planted German Red and Yugoslavian -- medium heat and lovely
taste. Porcelain types are often a hotter garlic taste and have
beautiful white, large cloves. The porcelain strains we planted
are Music, which is a Canadian-developed garlic, and Georgian
Fire. The last major strain is purple stripe, and it's the type
that has the highest allicin content, for those who like garlic
for its health benefits -- ours is the Chesnok Red which we've
grown for years.
I just uploaded a video showing how to make garlic puree.
We do have garlic pincushions for sale. They are $25 and are totally handmade by me and are my original design 😊 Please send an email if you’d like more information about the pincushions.
knitting some cotton dishcloths with a Highland motif! Can you
see the horns?
One of the best innovations we’ve tried in the last couple of years is our newspaper pots. We start seeds usually in peat pellets or flats of soil and then when they’re well sprouted and need more room and some dirt we put the pellets or rooted soil into a dirt-filled newspaper pot where they continue to grow until they’re ready to go out to the garden.
go straight into planters or the garden so there seems to be
very little transplant shock. Roots grow easily through the
paper when they’re ready to, and the newspaper composts over
the season. Everything I’ve read says that the ink on the
paper is no problem for the plants or the soil. If a plant
seems cramped in its pot you simply put soil in a bigger pot
and put the smaller pot into the larger one without removing
the smaller one, then put the whole thing in the garden. If
the pot gets weak from a long season indoors or if one waters
a lot and the pot seems shaky it’s easy to put it into another
pot, again without removing the first pot. There is no
disruption of the roots with these pots. Another super feature
is that you can feel how moist the pot is - you can feel it
from the outside, which is really useful. I can find it
difficult to know when seedlings need water, but there is no
such difficulty when you can see and feel the
made a video showing how to make the pots and
there is another video
showing the box in a square form, which makes it easier to see
the tucks. There is another short video showing the geranium cutting
in a newspaper box.
Our Red Deer County address is 35540 RR12
Lorraine & Kevin Bannister