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Westcoast Wes

Location:  Victoria, BC

Day Job:  Policy Analyst / Life-long student

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard

Crops:  Apples, Basil, Bell Peppers, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cherries, Chile Peppers, Figs, Grapes, Jalepeno Peppers, Lavender, Peaches, Raspberries, Rosemary, Strawberries, Tomatoes, plums, rhubarb

Animals:  Bees, Cats, Dogs

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  I want to be certain of where my food comes from, including seed varieties (preferring heirloom), how they're fertilized, and so on. The berry crops have been planted primarily for my kids. They spend endless hours in the late spring, early summer eating berries directly from the source.

 
     

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  • Posted by: Misplaced Gardener on June 4th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Some of the best apples in the world come from your area.

 
  • Posted by: on June 1st, 2011 at 01:08 pm

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  • Posted by: Westcoast Wes on April 17th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Grafted eight new heirloom apple trees on dwarf root stock and planted three dwarf pear trees. Added a lemon bush to the greenhouse.

    I'm currently planning a water saving system with eight 50 gal barrels and a pump to supply my green house and veggie garden irrigation.

    Peach and cherry trees in full bloom. Mason bees have emerged and are busy but the apple trees are a few weeks from blossom. I hope the bees are still around then.

 
  • Posted by: lissakevin on March 26th, 2011 at 04:34 pm

    congrats on farmer of the day! gorgeous arbor!

 
  • Posted by: City Girl Garden on March 26th, 2011 at 02:42 pm

    Congrats on being named Farmer of the Day! Your fruit trees look great! Happy Gardening!

 
  • Posted by: Redqueen on March 26th, 2011 at 02:13 pm

    congratulations on being farmer of the day! Sounds like you are weeks ahead of us. I'm jealous!

 
  • Posted by: Westcoast Wes on March 26th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you all for your kind words....

 
  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on March 26th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Congrats on being farmer of the day.

    We here in Nebraska just got another blast of winter snow. Four inches of wet sloppy snow. I for one covet those March snows as they are nitrogen rich and almost totally soak into the ground with little run off. It's natures way of giving the ground a boost for the growing season. Just knowing that these snows will be gone shortly will lift my spirits even more.

    Have a great spring day?

 
  • Posted by: Shellie on March 26th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Happy day!!

 
  • Posted by: countrygirl615 on March 26th, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Congrats! I hope we can become friends! I was the farmer of the day once, its pretty exciting! Have a great day!

 
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