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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. 

There are a lot of great resources available on all the different compost methods. , some of our favorites are:

Applehof, M. 1997. Worms Eat My Garbage.  Flowerfield Enterprises. 

McDowell, C.Forrest; T.C Clark-McDowell. 1998. Home Composting Made Easy. Cortesia Press, Eugene Oregon. 

Geoff Lawton 18 Day Compost Video Preview

Footer, A. 2014. Bokashi Composting: Scraps to Soil in Weeks.  New Society Publishers. 

 

Our theme music was composed and performed by Heather's son Callum, and audio editing was done by Laura Eccleston.