Bokashi composting when its minus 24. Celsius.

I have to admit it resists a bit. It doesn’t come naturally to be running round in the garden with compost buckets when it’s -24 out. Tomorrow is another day. Maybe it’ll be warmer then? Or maybe not. So I thought I’d write a bit about how we fix it here in the getting-more-arctic-by-the-minute backwoodsContinue reading “Bokashi composting when its minus 24. Celsius.”

Juicy green sunflower shoots!

So it’s snowing here. Already. Which means the outdoor gardening season is definitely over. All operations have been moved to the kitchen windowsill. And already I’m longing for something fresh and green! Started up a little patch of sunflower seeds the other day. It’s a really inspiring thing to do if you haven’t done it,Continue reading “Juicy green sunflower shoots!”

Bokashi in a basket

I’m always on the lookout for new ways of getting Bokashi to work in the garden. Surprisingly, this turned out to be one of the better! I’ve had a couple of cane baskets kicking around for a while, rather bottomless and sad. So a couple of months ago I plonked them straight down between aContinue reading “Bokashi in a basket”

Banana box Bokashi

It doesn’t get much simpler than this. If you’re in a hurry to grow something and haven’t got anywhere to do it, just grab a banana box and start planting! I tested this idea some months ago and it’s turned out really well. I plonked down the banana box on an area I’m clearing forContinue reading “Banana box Bokashi”

DIY potting mix — delivered to the door

Remember the experiment we started during the winter? Outdoor “snow” bokashi in clamped plastic bags? Well, it was a hit! It’s an uphill battle here to store ready-fermented Bokashi during the winter, four months of snow and nowhere to dig. Nowhere over zero degrees C for that matter either. So we tested soil bags outside.Continue reading “DIY potting mix — delivered to the door”

Greenhouse Bokashi — also a hit!

This is the result of another of winter’s Bokashi experiments. Super success and well-worth trying for anyone with a greenhouse. And with a winter season to deal with… We grow tomatoes in buckets in our greenhouse and at the end of the season there’s a lot of tired soil to get rid of. Plus allContinue reading “Greenhouse Bokashi — also a hit!”

Summer dreams — in a store nearby!

W’ve had a bit of a winter pause on our blog here, sorry about that — we’ve been snowed under on all fronts it seems. But life has returned to this stubborn part of the world and any day now the last scraps of snow will melt and we’re in the green. Relief! On theContinue reading “Summer dreams — in a store nearby!”

Snow Bokashi?

See that black bag there between the doors? That’s my latest Bokashi experiment. Snow Bokashi… Yep, you can see I’m getting desperate. Not just me but quite a lot of us up here in the frozen north, we have to find ways of making soil even in mid-winter. At the moment I can’t even findContinue reading “Snow Bokashi?”

Yet another snowstorm… spring seems far off

Low level activity here on this blog. Which is not to say I haven’t been thinking about bokashi, about compost, about soil, seeds, plants and… SPRING! Not many minutes pass in a straight line without green-coloured thoughts passing through my mind. We’ve seen nothing but white now since early December. It’s like a Christmas cardContinue reading “Yet another snowstorm… spring seems far off”

Nothing but snow

We well and truly have winter here now. No garden in sight, even the fence has gone under. Christmas has been a start-to-finish snow storm, and today we tried to shovel ourselves out of the house and open up channels to the wood sheds, the outdoor laundry shed, the bokashi workshop. Dig out the car,Continue reading “Nothing but snow”