Starting Walla Walla Onion Seeds.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?JHLXO 15 February 2014 starting Walla Walla Onion Seeds.

Starting Walla Walla Onion Seeds for 2014. About 40 seeds were placed in one pot. They will be transplanted to individual pots when large enough to move. The pot was placed in a plastic bag to retain moisture and placed on a heating pad in the greenhouse. Walla Walla are my favorite onion for eating raw.

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Starting Tomato Seeds for 2014

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?HGJNN 9 April 2014 Repotting tomatos. Some tomatoes were moved to larger pots. The main reason at this time is to make watering easier.The larger pot holds more moisture and watering times are not so critical.The plants are watered from the bottom by immersing in a container of water. This will be the last move until the plants are placed in the ground at the end of May.Pictures depict the process.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?YSLUY 29 March 2014 Tomato Seedling Growth
Tomato seedling growth to date.Plants are healthy and growing well.It has been cool and not too sunny since starting even in the greenhouse.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?DDATG 15 February 2014 Starting Tomato Seeds for 2014
Some tomato seeds were started for the 2014 season in the greenhouse. Selected were Lemon Boy,Bonny Best,Big Beef Hybrid, and Black Krim. Only five plants of each are required. Each seed type was placed in one pot, and will be transplanted into individual pots when they get large enough.The soil was my own home made in the Summer. Each pot was placed in a plastic bag until germination to keep the moisture level high. The pots were placed on a heating mat in the small greenhouse. Some more started on 21 February 2014. All are: Cherokee Purple, Gypsy, Paul Robson, Vorlon, Morado, Black Krim, Bonny Best, Big Beef, Celebrity, Lemon Boy,

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?IEVCS 11 September 2013 Seedling Soil

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Bread.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?CKNCC 10 January 2014 Bread.
New batch of bread made today. These five loaves will last me about one month.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?NKEQT 9 December 2013 Bread
Bread was made from fresh ground whole wheat grains and a litre of apple juice http://www.durgan.org/URL/?PTKKA 12 September 2013 Juicing Apples and corn http://www.durgan.org/URL/?GKCNW 2 August 2013 Corn Juice.The flour mill is perfect and is very quick. I have no gluten intolerance issues so am not concerned about wheat belly. Some leavening was obtained from double action baking powder. Liquid was obtained from apple and corn preserved in the Summer.Texture is ideal and taste is slightly sweet. The finished bread must be kept frozen if kept for more than about ten days.

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Irradiation of Food.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?GXQWY Food Irradiation. Canadian Food Inspection Agency

What foods are currently permitted to be irradiated and sold in Canada?
Currently, onions, potatoes, wheat, flour, whole wheat flour, and whole or ground spices and dehydrated seasonings are approved for irradiation and sale in Canada.

How can I tell if food has been irradiated?
irradiated – international symbol
Pre-packaged foods that have been wholly irradiated display the international radiation symbol, along with a statement that the product has been irradiated. Food that is not pre-packaged must have a sign with this information displayed beside the food.
Pre-packaged foods that contain an irradiated ingredient which is more than 10 per cent of the finished product must indicate in the list of ingredients that the component is irradiated. If the ingredient makes up less than 10 per cent of the finished product, it is exempt from the labelling requirements.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?HBVVD Does irradiating tomatoes kill their nutrition value? – Expert responds

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Fish (point of origin).

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?RWNGL 18 November 2013 Cod
Periodically fish becomes a portion of my diet. My preference is for fish caught and processed in Canada, USA, NZ and Australia. We don’t get access to EU fish in Canada. After reading the labels with great difficulty due to the size of the package print I discovered the label states Lunenburg NS Product of China. I don’t imagine the cod fillets ever got anywhere near Lunenburg NS. I consider this a blatant attempt to obscure the source of the fish. After going through the open freezer supply of fish it was discovered that there was absolutely no “local fish”. All our fish comes from China and countries in the vicinity.That is my concern.

Additional Information
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Tomato Rootball.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?SOOZJ 4 November 2013 Tomato Rootball
Pictures depicting a typical tomato root ball. There is no tap root and a cluster of roots surround the plant at a depth of about six inches and a foot in diameter. One or two roots may extend out further, probably seeking moisture. This was a free growing Lemon Boy tomato plant supported by ropes tied to the trellis. The point being if growing in containers the pot need not be excessively large.I have noticed if transplanting outdoors and the soil is too cold another root ball will form just above the existing one.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?RZDPA 5 September 2013 Lemon Boy Tomato

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Supper.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?UWEDQ 3 November 2013 Supper.
Supper, my second and last meal of the day. Basked potato, glass of mixed juice pumpkin and cranberry, baked garlic bulb, fried fillet of frozen fish. Condiment was pepper and butter. A smaller potato was basked for Ginny, dog.

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Brussels Sprouts

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?QOEUO 1 November 2013 Brussels Sprouts.
Two plants of brussels sprouts (Jade Cross) were collected. Each plant produced two pounds of sprouts. There were eight plants originally but the rabbits ate them off when young. Brussels sprouts grow well in my area but few people like them and I can’t even give them away. With a bit of care they can be grown perfectly. Spraying is necessary to discourage the white butterfly, and the lower leaves should be pulled so they don’t touch the ground. They should be staked to prevent the stalk from bending.I start them as early as possible in the Spring and they grow well into frost.Frost doesn’t affect the sprouts in spite of the old wives tale to the contrary.

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Physalis peruviana (Cape Gooseberry)

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?MRXNZ 13 November 2013 Cape Gooseberry Pictures were taken to indicate the large quantity of fruit not matured even after about eleven months of growth. This indicates to me this plants needs a long growing season with no frost, certainly for economical commercial growing.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?OAQLP 3 November 2013 Physalis peruviana (Cape Gooseberry)
Frost has affected the plants. There are many green fruit which will not ripen prior to a hard freeze. The season in Zone 5 is probably not long enough to grow efficiently. The Summer season need be exceptionally warm. The ripe ones are large and still in pristine condition.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?LBXEL 23 October 2013 Physalis peruviana (Cape Gooseberry)
Plants still producing fruit after about five frosts over the last six weeks. This fruit, one pound, was plucked from the branches not off the ground. Plants are still producing flowers.There appears to be no frost damage and the quality of the fruit is excellent and all ripe.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?MVCKQ 6 Septrmber 2013 Physalis peruviana (Cape Gooseberry)
The Cape gooseberry was ready to pick. The fruit is very sparse but of good quality.Quantity of fruit makes growing of marginal utility. The fruit falls to the ground when ripe but sort of clings until the last moment.The screens were not deployed, since the quantity of fruit was so low. The fruit must be approaching orange colour to be utilized. If green tinge the fruit has too much solanine for consumption and is bitter.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?BCIXX 16 May 2013 Physalis peruviana Planted outdoors
Five Physalis peruviana (Cape Gooseberry) plants were placed outdoors. The planting area was mulched and a stake supplied for some support. Some plants are in blossom. Fibre glass screens were made to collect the fruit when it falls off the plants.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?IUMLB 18 April 2013 Hardening Off Physalis peruviana (Ground Cherry). The process of hardening off my five Cape Gooseberry plants has begun. The plants are growing well.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?KFMJB 4 March 2013 Potting up.Physalis peruviana The five plants were moved to larger pots. This is probably the last move until planted outside at the end of May depending upon the growth.The plants will be kept in the greenhouse until planted out.Pictures depict the method.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?RWFYX 25 February 2013 Physalis peruviana
Photos indicating growth after 39 days. The plants are healthy and strong.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?HOAEC 2 February 2013 Physalis peruviana (Cape Gooseberry) plants growing well.
Five plants are thriving. When it warms up they will be placed in the outdoor greenhouse.The bags tend to keep the moisture level high. At this stage watering is done to achieve bottom watering by placing the pots in a container of water as required.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?XOYYZ 16 January 2013 Physalis peruviana
Required are five or six plants. Germination is slow and erratic judging from past experience in my zone 5. These plants are slow growing and require a long season. They will be planted outdoors about the end of May. Of all the ground cherries, this has the largest fruit and the bushes are more upright, also the fruit tends to stay on the bush until picked. These plants were started on 27 December 2012, and about 30% of the seeds were viable.

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Baked Russian Blue Potatoes (Supper).

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?GIHJO 21 October 2013 Russian Blue Potatoes
Supper was prepared around baked Russian Blue Potatoes.The complete meal was a garlic bulb, one potato, four steamed NZ mussels, nuked butter, and a composite drink of pumpkin,grape, and pepper/vegetable juice. The whole meal was prepared in about one hour and 15 minutes.Everything except the mussels was from my garden previously stored.The butter was made from purchased cream without additives. Pictures depict the process.

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