Our Gardens

This page will grow along with the plants, but if you want to see what these plants will produce for us in 2018, click on these links: Tomatoes , Sweet & Hot Peppers , Egg Plants   , Summer & Winter Squash

April 26: Is Veggie Trial Farms’ 6th anniversary at this location. Here are some pictures of before, and where we are now. We have also taken on another new parcel of land – pictures will follow as it develops.

April 23: The jungle was finally moved out to the greenhouses so that other crops could be started indoors, including Ginger which is an experiment for 2018.

March 30: Now it is a jungle up here, and everywhere else in our house.  We’ve been rather busy transplanting and babysitting all the plants, and now we’re running out of room.  Thank goodness the weather is finally warming up and I’ll be able to kick them out to the greenhouse on the 16th of April. 🙂

March 9: Now it’s starting to look like a jungle up here, and there’s still more on the way…

Feb 16: It’s starting to look a lot like Spring Time, here around our house…

Feel free to browse our Gallery which captures the history & development of our gardens at this location:

We take pride in our gardens

It is our philosophy not to use chemical fertilisers or pesticides, choosing instead to use a mixture of compost and a lot of elbow grease. In 2017 we had a very tasty year with 100 varieties of Tomatoes (most of them heritage), Sweet Potatoes failed, but our Potatoes did well, Peppers (sweet and hot, in all colours and sizes), Cucumbers, Peas, Beans, Kale, Eggplant, Summer and Winter Squash, Okra, Broccolini, Brussel Sprouts, and Garlic.  We also cultivate Rhubarb, Black Raspberries, Ground Cherries, Blackberries, and Yellow Raspberries. In 2018 we will do it all over again with the addition of a few new heirloom tomatoes & other yummy surprises.

We know it is impossible to grow everything, so we depend on a network of local farms to fill in the gaps. We bring in local Strawberries from the beginning of June all the way to October, Raspberries from July to September, as well as Wild and Domestic Blueberries from July to September. We also have a driver that goes to the Niagara Region 3 times per week to bring back tree-ripened fruits as they are in season: Cherries, Plums, Apricots, Peaches, Nectarines, and Pears. Corn starts the middle of July and is brought in fresh-picked each morning. We have an organic supply of Carrots & Beets, and a regular supply of Onions, Potatoes, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, and all the salad fixings you could imagine throughout the entire growing season.

Veggie Trail Garlic

We planted our garlic in late October 2017 for the 2018 harvest season. There is a mixture of Red Russian, Bogatyr, Duganski, and a little bit of Music.  We expect the scapes will come off mid-June along with some green garlic and garlic shalots. The bulk of the garlic crop should come out of the ground in late July… Good things come to those who wait.