Posted by ENF on July 29, 2010 ·
5 Kinds of Garlic bulbils are harvested for planting this fall.
Close up shot of bulbils
Persian Garlic Bulbil close up shot
Bulbils harvested, marked and stored from Milton Backyard garden . We will plant them this fall and will replant the gloves again next year to achieve a desirable garlic size.
Here we have Persian, Yukoslavian, Ukranian, Korean, and Italian bulbils. For some reason, Sicilian gloves grew but didn’t [Read More...
Posted by ENF on July 21, 2010 ·
Paavai Bitter gourds inside the green house
These seeds are from Markham backyard. We already harvested 3 of them and had great reviews from our family cooks.
Currently, each of these goes for $4 and being supplied through imports from South Asia. It is a popular item among Canadians of South Asians and Caribbean origins. We believe our Ontario grown Paavai Bitter Gourd is superior in quality and taste compared to the imports.
We [Read More...
Posted by ENF on July 15, 2010 ·
Three Sisters Companion Planting at Brampton plot
We have planted sweet corn, coloured corn, beans, peas and butter nut squash on 45 mounts. We planted them in the first week of June and only watered them twice during the early days.
We are very pleased with this system’s performance. We have sugar snap peas already.
Here is some info on Native American Three Sisters method:
The Three Sisters (corn, beans/peas, and [Read More...
Posted by ENF on July 13, 2010 ·
6 varieties of Garlic Bulbils in our Milton backyard
The bulbils(garlic seeds) are bursting out of the pod.
We have 7 varieties growing. We also planted bulbils of Ontario garlic. We have 6 varities(Ukranian, Persian, Sicilion, Korean, Yukoslavian & Italian) of garlic planted as gloves.
There is a huge difference in size between plants from bulbil and gloves. Our bulbil plants are 1/3 of the glove plants size. [Read More...
Posted by ENF on July 13, 2010 ·
Seeds of Egyptian Walking Onions
Egyptian Walking Onions are very unusual, heirloom onions. They produce onion seeds from the flowering green tops of the onion. They are called walking onions because the top-setters fall over and re-root themselves.
Egyptian Onions are extremely hardy and they tolerate cold, heat and poor soil. They are disease and pest resistant. They will grow, even after being frozen during the winter [Read More...
Posted by ENF on July 11, 2010 ·
These are the Ceylon Onions from Scarborough backyard.
These were planted early May. The flowers are also harvested and they are a popular item among the Canadian Tamil population.
The flowers can be sauteed or chopped up to flavour salads, curry stews or soups.
These onions are currently being imported from South Asia and sells for $4/lb. Very expensive compared to the other varieties available here.
Fortunately, these [Read More...
Posted by ENF on July 6, 2010 ·
ENF green house in Brampton with 6 types of tomatoes, 3 types of peppers, 3 types of eggplants, 3 types of spinach, 2 types of cucumbers, paavai bitter gourd and Lankan long beans.
We purchased this hoop house structure from a retired local farmer, diassembled, moved and re built it ourselves in first week of May, 2010.
We felt a need for season extension to be more business competitive in Ontario. We also wanted to [Read More...
Posted by ENF on July 5, 2010 ·
Not only are they delicious, tomatoes (regular and heirloom alike) are arguably one of the healthiest foods on earth. They are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Vitamin K, and potassium, among many other vitamins and minerals. Tomatoes are also widely known as a good source of lycopene, a kind of carotenoid that has many well documented health benefits. In a 2004 meta-analysis done by researchers from the Royal Victoria Hospital [Read More...
Posted by ENF on June 30, 2010 ·
Jaffna (Brinjal) Eggplant with potato beetles(before)
Same plant after hand squishing and soap water spray treatment(after)
This is in our Brampton green house. We initially had 3 plants infected.
We squished as many as possible and had soap water sprayed twice.
They moved to another row of eggplants but we kept hand squishing them into extinction.
We haven’t seen any on our eggplants in the last two weeks.