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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.

Jun 13, 2019

This week's episode is a really high level overview of composting.  Composting is critical for maintaining fertility in your soil if you are growing and harvesting intensively. Heather and I chat about how we compost, using thermo-compost, vermicompost and bokashi composting, leaf mold, and mushroom compost. 

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May 14, 2019

This week we are chatting with Ron Berezan, the original (and humble) Urban Farmer, not the excessively marketed one.   Ron is a permaculture and organic urban agriculture expert with 30 years of experience.   He continues to teach in these discipline areas, but has also ventured out into small scale biochar...

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...

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 16, 2019

Thanks for joining us this week as we discuss one of the key components of most potting mixes: peat.

This is the time of year that we start seeding or start planning to do our seeding, and seeding usually involves using some sort of potting media or mix. Most potting mixes contain peat moss.  But have you ever wondered...