Forest Gardens
Forest Gardens

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  • Fresh Thyme

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    With its subtle, earthy flavor and a hint of mint, thyme pairs well with meats, soups, stews, and vegetables.

  • fresh sage

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    This versatile and aromatic herb is enjoyed for its earthy flavor.

  • fresh oregano

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    this robust, aromatic herb is used in culinary dishes for its savory and slightly peppery flavor.

  • fresh lemon balm

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    this fragrant herb is known for its calming properties and mild lemon scent, often used in teas, essential oils, and natural remedies.

  • spicy greens mix

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    a mix of asian greens, arugula, baby kale, mild and spicy mustards

  • arugula

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    Large leafed arugula is packed full of zesty flavour and nutrient dense goodness.

    A very generous bunch of freshly picked leaves will keep you stocked in peppery goodness for the whole week.

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    arugula

    $7.00
  • Red Shiso

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    A very umami japanese herb, dark red in colour with a distinct savoury flavor

  • Salt Spring Soil Activated Biochar

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    Introducing Salt Spring Soil!

     

    A new source for local, regenerative soil building amendments to help you and your plants grow abundantly.

     

    Biochar is a carbon rich soil amendment made from burning biomass in a low oxygen environment to create charcoal. The charcoal becomes biologically active when it is added to the soil and becomes filled with soil micro-organisms, water and nutrients. Biochar has an immense surface area and complex pore structure (a single gram can have a surface area of over 1000 square yards). When added to your soil as an amendment biochar increases the capacity of your soil to store water, hold onto nutrients, and support a healthy soil food web. Biochar is incredibly stable, and can last in the soil for thousands of years if undisturbed. This sequesters carbon more effectively than any other method currently in practice.

     

    Benefits of Biochar

    • Enhanced crop yields
    • Improved soil texture
    • Improved soil water holding capacity
    • Reduction in nutrient leaching
    • Soil carbon sequestration
    • Healthier soil food web

     

    Application

    Biochar can be added directly to your garden soil, but it is most immediately beneficial if it has been ‘charged’ or ‘activated’ with biological activity first. Our biochar has been activated by mixing it in with high quality vermicompost so it is ready to go straight into the ground. If you are working with your own biochar that needs activating you can do so by adding it to a compost pile, or soaking it in compost tea before applying it to the garden.

    Our biochar can be mixed directly into your soil as a light top dressing or it can be added to plant holes before planting. Make sure to water thoroughly after adding biochar so that the life contained in it stays moist and for water to start soaking into it.

     

    For More Information

    Biochar: Helping Everything from Soil Fertility to Odor Reduction

    $30.00$700.00
  • Salt Spring Soil Compost Tea

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    Introducing Salt Spring Soil!

     

    A new source for local, regenerative soil building amendments to help you and your plants grow abundantly.

     

    Compost tea is a liquid soil amendment that is packed full of nutrients and beneficial micro-organisms that will make your plants healthier and your soil food web stronger.

     

    We make our compost tea by mixing vermi-compost, water, sustainably harvested kelp fertilizer, and humic acid (the building block of soil humus) together with lots of oxygen in our 60 gallon brewer. The mix bubbles away for 24-48 hours as oxygen is pumped into the bottom of the tank. The combination of water, oxygen, and food in the form of kelp fertilizer, causes the micro-organisms in the vermi-compost to multiply exponentially during the brewing process. What comes out the tap at the end is a plant available liquid fertilizer filled with an incredible diversity and number of beneficial micro-organisms that will help form a healthy soil food web in your garden.

     

    Application

    Compost tea is full of beneficial living organisms and it needs to be applied asap so the organisms have a chance to establish in their new home before they run out of food in the tea. It is essential that you use all of the compost tea the same day you pick it up.

    Apply compost tea directly into soil that contains living plant roots because the micro-organisms need plants to become established in the soil.

    After the tea has been applied to the soil water with non-chlorinated water to help the organisms sink lower into the soil and stay moist.

    Compost tea can also be applied as a foliar spray (on the leaves) to plants that don’t mind having wet leaves. The micro-organisms in the tea will coat the leaves and form a protective layer on the plant, repelling disease causing organisms.

    Seeds about to be planted and plants getting transplanted can both be soaked in compost tea to inoculate the seed or roots with beneficial organisms.

     

    For More Information

    Compost Tea: A How-To Guide

     

    Tea will be provided in reusable white plastic jugs. Please return jugs to localsalt the following week.

    $20.00$150.00
  • Salt Spring Soil Vermicompost

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    Introducing Salt Spring Soil!

     

    A new source for local, regenerative soil building amendments to help your plants grow abundantly.

     

    Vermicompost is a high quality soil amendment created by red wiggler worms as they break down organic matter.

    Our team of half a million red wigglers eagerly turn fresh produce scraps and sawdust from a local mill into an incredibly high quality soil amendment bursting with beneficial microbial life and balanced, plant available nutrients.

     

    Benefits of vermicompost include:

    • increased nutrient availability
    • less nutrient leaching
    • improved soil texture
    • plant growth hormones and enzymes
    • improved plant growth
    • increased plant health and reduction in disease

     

    Application

    For plants in the ground: gently mix in a sprinkle of vermicompost to the top inch of soil. Water thoroughly after to ensure that the beneficial microbes stay moist and soak deeper into the soil.

    For transplanting or potting new plants: mix in a sprinkle of vermicompost into your potting soil.

     

    More Information

    https://www.ontario.ca/page/vermicasting-or-vermicomposting

     

    Vermicompost will be provided in reusable plastic containers. Please return containers to localsalt the following week.

    $25.00$500.00
  • salad mix

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    A mix of different lettuces, baby spinach, pea shoots and other salad greens as they become available.

  • Cherry Tomatoes

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    Rainbow collection of cherry tomatoes, better than candy, Black Cherry, Gold Nugget and Pink Bumblebee.

  • Assorted Mints

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    A selection of mints, small wild mint, dark flavorful chocolate mint and large spearmint.

  • parsley

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    A mix of curly and flat leaf. Parsley is a versatile herb known for its deep green, tender leaves, offering a fresh, slightly peppery and bitter flavor suitable for a wide range of dishes.

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    parsley

    $4.00