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The Sustainable Flowers Podcast:

A conversation about sustainable cut flower growing and designing between two passionate Canadian  growers trying to figure it out.

Heather and Clara grow cut flowers for market on the northern edge of the Canadian Prairies.  In this podcast they discuss the issues they face and alternatives to conventional approaches that they are putting into practice or are trialing to ensure that their small-scale flower farming operations are sustainable. Looking to the past and to new technologies to learn the whys and hows, they discuss everything from peat to floral foam, Antirrhinum to Zinnias as well as their weekly adventures on their Zones 2 and 3 flower farms.

Mar 19, 2019

If you grow dahlias, you need to know about Dahlia Virus(es) and how to control their spread.  This week we chat about 

  1. What Dahlia Virus (es) are
  2. How to recognize if your dahlias are infected
  3. Really useful down-loadable documents available free on the American Dahlia Society web page and the Washington...

Mar 6, 2019

This week we are chatting with Curtis Clark, one of the owners of Green Island Farming Company, based in southern Alberta, near Medicine Hat.  Curtis and his wife Morgan have developed a line of peat free, craft compost and potting mixes packaged in paper bags (no plastic)!  We are really excited about this new option...

Mar 4, 2019

This week we are talking about one of the cut flowers we both grow: Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum), that are affectionately called "Lisies".  We are talking about them now because, in our Zones (CDN 2a-3a), we have had to plant them already, to ensure blooms by August. 

Despite their long lead time, they are a great...

Feb 26, 2019

In this episode we follow up on our discussion about why we should think about the peat in our potting mixes, with a discussion of some of the other components of potting mixes, like perlite and vermiculite and we discuss the options out there available in North America (but not necessarily available in Western Canada).

Feb 25, 2019

In this mini catch-up episode you will hear the our "field notes" conversations recorded in late January, early February 2019.

Our learning curve around podcasting has been steep and as you know we just published our first 3 episodes last week.  

We wanted to do this catch-up episode to bring our "field...