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Hornby Lady

Location:  Hornby Island, BC

The Digs:  Backyard

Crops:  Apples, Bok-choy, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Chinese cabbage, Collards, Cucumbers, Figs, Garlic, Grapes, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Oregano, Pears, Peas, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Rosemary, Spinach, Thyme, Turnips

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  Love gardening Trying to cut down on food bills Love cooking with fresh ingredients

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  • Posted by: Backyard Grower on April 30th, 2014 at 03:34 pm

    Is Hornby Island an actual island? I bet BC is beautiful! Voted.

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  • Posted by: lissakevin on October 27th, 2010 at 08:29 am

    congrats on farmer of the day! i love the greywater system idea!

  • Posted by: Groundbreaker on October 27th, 2010 at 05:05 am

    Congrats on Farmer of the Day!

  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on October 26th, 2010 at 04:51 am

    Gardening in arid climites can be challanging. We had a wet year here in Nebraska which has another whole set of gardening challenges. Gardening seems to always be at odds with the weather.

    Have a great gardening day.

  • Posted by: countrygirl615 on September 2nd, 2010 at 01:51 pm

    Hi! I hope we can be great friends. I love what you think about using seaweed and how to grow it!

  • Posted by: Hornby Lady on August 31st, 2010 at 01:33 pm

    So here on Hornby I am dealing with the Pacific Northwest climate. Hot dry summers cold wet winters so those of you that think it rains all the time might want to look at the book "Rains all the Time" which will explain the drought that we went through this summer.

    My Husband brought up in Texas and California has a hard time dealing with the winters here but as a native B.C. girl I usually cruise through the winter thanks to the wood stove and the local library now also the internet.

    Here on Hornby we are all into recycling there has been a recycling centre on Hornby for 40 years. they will even compost for you if you wish. But why give away all that lovely dirt. The other great thing we are surrounded by great beaches and can load up in the fall and winter with seaweed for the garden. I am now looking into learning what seaweeds I can harvest to eat.

    Perhaps I am more suburban gardener than urban but sure can't be classed as a farm.

    Besides composting and recycling (there is no garbage pickup on Hornby I recycle all my grey water. All grey water except the Kitchen sink goes through sand filters and into a pond which in times of drought as this summer is used to water the garden. In the pond i grow water cress and water mint, new plant for me this year. If anyone has an idea that i could grow water chestnuts I would like to hear from you.

    One of the main problems i have is getting salad things in the winter. All those fixings come to us from the U.S., Mexico and China (very scary)so the article on micro greens also interesting.

    I am finding right now that i am leaning more and more to drought resistant decorative plants and saving the h2o for the veggies. I am also trying to eliminate grass and putting in wild flowers and clover.

  • Posted by: Hornby Lady on August 31st, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Just found the "Urban Farm" magazine at the local co-op. Hornby is a small island off the coast of British Columbia. We are three ferry trips from Vancouver.

    I have always gardened but am finding that with the rising costs of food and my diminishing pension that I getting more and more drawn to producing more of my own fresh food.

    Here on Hornby we face hot dry summers and cold wet winters. So I see quite a chalange coming up.

    My kids support a CSA in the Mission district of San Francisco.

    My interest was caught by the bee keeping article in the Fall magazine. Know that my son in law was interested in that for San Fran but stopped because one of his neighbours was deathly alergic.
    However I am on .8 of an acre so do not see a problem there only my inexperience. I would like to hear from anyone who has tried this method.

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