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Growing Shallots in North America

Posted by Simon Gaudin on

Shallots are an ancient allium originally hailing from somewhere in central Asia, from there they came to India earning the nickname little onion. Onward from India the little onion was brought to the near east, then traded with the Roman's and Greek's. Through time and trade they came to western europe were most bulbs and seeds are produced today. Though that balance is shifting yet again as more producer's are becoming involved in North America, Canada and the United States in particular. Today the vast majority of Shallot seeds are grown in North western Europe, The Netherlands in particular. In recent...

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Growing fruits in northern Canada

Posted by Simon Gaudin on

Here at Green Wtich Acres we love doing trails with fruits, we wish cherrys, berrys and melons were produced locally more oftern. We have had a few successes over the years and even more failures.We'll start with the biggest failure, our attempts with Plum trees. We've tried them from seed, sprout and grafted root stock. We tried in an area that was firmly zone 3 to an area charitably considered zone 6. No luck, we even had some rabbits naw through one tree like they were beavers. The Plum tree trials lasted 4 years with us throwing in the towel...

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Getting ready for the spring!

Posted by Simon Gaudin on

Over here at Green Witch acres we're starting to get excited for the spring! The days are already starting to get longer and we're starting to clear out the cold frames. This time of year gets us thinking mustard greens, one of the cold hardy crops we grow. We've always offered a few basic staples like pac choi and komatsuna but this year we've started trying our hand at hybrids. I wont spoil everything but we have a red Komatsuna and a bright white tah tasio waiting in the wings.  We hope for all gardeners sakes that this spring wont...

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