Monday, 23 May 2011

Seeds for the Chinese Market Garden

In preparation for our partnership with the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of B.C. and their Saltwater City for Youth Camp (potentially July 23 & August 17), our team is planting a Chinese Market Garden.  These veggies will be a living reminder of 1930's Chinese gardens in Vancouver.  My task (initially a bit daunting) was to find the somewhat obscure seeds, which were not available from the larger seed companies.

Luckily a trip to the Richmond supermarket, Yaohan, proved successful (along with an amazing lunch of Dim Sum), and we now have seeds for planting next week. They include greens such as:  Pok choy, leaf mustard, Siu Choy, and Gai Lan, as well as melons such as Jeet Gua & Foo Gua, and some really cool long beans, red amaranth, and Chinese chives.We will direct seed the greens and start the others in the greenhouse to be planted in mid-June.

Now to do some archival research and hopefully discover special growing techniques...

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