gardening like a pioneer

I recently talked with the most avid, successful gardener that I know (Cam’s grandma), trying to determine when the best time to plant seeds here in Burns Lake is. She informed me that with my indoor heat lamps and greenhouse capabilities, I could begin as early as late March, which is incredible considering that most northern gardeners have to wait until May long weekend, but not Linette and I. No sir, we can begin shortly!

So with that news in mind we decided to attend a soil health course put on by the local college. However, we definitely had to take a ferry to the “Southside” to get to the course and we definitely missed our ferry, which leaves gardening in the hands of amateurs with no education. Good thing we aren’t real pioneers. Despite missing our exciting soil health course, we thankfully will still have Betty (and the internet) on our side when we need help learning about bolting, indeterminate(s), and feathering (among other gardening terminology).

The other good thing about not being real pioneers is that we could order our seeds online (and learn gardening + seed preserving skills) from Salt Spring Seeds. We are looking forward to growing a variety of veggies that are not available in our northern grocery stores and potentially storing them for winter, provided they don’t get the blight.

I fully expect our seeds to arrive in the next week or two and we will definitely be back with incredible photos and tidbits as we journey into gardening like a pioneer…with indoor heat lamps and a greenhouse…

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