Growing Spring Greens

Garden Planning for Spring

With this mild wintry weather in Vancouver BC, it is time to start planning for the spring.  Garden planning for Spring starts with finding the “Last Frost Date” for our city, which in average is March 27. Then we calculate the dates when to start seeds indoors and outdoors. These dates can be manually calculated, …

Garden Planning Basics

We love any excuse to sit down with a mug of tea and day dream about food. January is the perfect time to dream about sunshine filled days, abundant gardens, and seedlings and flowers popping up. While West Coast Seeds catalogue and their Garden Wisdom blog is our primary go-to for starting our plan; we …

Simple Seed Butter

It’s Winter and that means it’s time to sit down with a mug of warm Rose Hips tea and peruse seed catalogues.  One of our favourites is by West Coast Seeds, a family owned company located in Ladner that sources high quality untreated seeds for organic growing. We know garden planning can be overwhelming so …

Orange & Cinnamon Soy Candles

Winter Crafts

Winter is a perfect time to create crafts with elements from the garden.  Integrate this with teaching grade 5 – 7s social entrepreneurs and you have the makings of a Holiday Market which can raise money to buy compost and seeds for the Spring for your school garden.

Planting Garlic

While many people are busy planting their fall bulbs for spring, like tulips or daffodils, we’ve been busy putting our garlic in the ground. With the cooler nights, the period between Thanksgiving and Halloween are the best times to plant garlic for an early summer harvest. What you will need Garlic Bulbs Compost Small trowel …

Fall Rose Hips

Wild roses are native to many parts of North America. If you are going for a fall walk, you may have noticed the small, apple shaped fruit which adorns the plant at this time of year. This fruit is known as a rose hip and is just one of the parts of the rose plant …

Kale Chips

Easy Kale Chips Recipe

Britte and Becca from our Earthbites team were at Lord Kitchener Elementary  teaching the Preserve the Harvest module and preparing some yummy kale chips with the kids. I know that making kale chips can be daunting. Am I going to burn them? Are they going to taste like the gross store bought brands? Well, you …

Cabbage

Planting Your Winter Garden

Written by Pablo Vimos – an Earthbites Facilitator Fall is around the corner, and it is time to start cultivating vegetables that grow in cold weather. These plants have the ability to move water out of their cells as temperature approaches freezing.  Thus protecting cell structure, as ice crystals form in spaces between cells rather inside …