Edible Permaculture Plants for Port Neville

Eight years ago, when we were still living in Prince Rupert, I took my Permaculture Design Course (PDC), and created a design project for our home there (called Creag Faoiltiarna Fitheach).  Not too much later, we moved to Port Neville Inlet, and so the Prince Rupert project was never completed.  I had intended to make up a new design for our home in the Inlet, but life got in the way, as they say, and it’s only this year that I finally got around to that task.

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Solar Hot Water Heater

Back in April, 2019, I posted about finally getting hot water in the cabin using a coil in our wood stove.  This system has been great, and has worked reliably.  However, during the heat of the summer (especially this summer), it’s been just too hot to run the stove.  So, it’s back to having cold showers or good ol’ bird baths in the sink.  Even in very hot weather, I’m not a real fan of cold showers.

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Growing Grain

Last October, I did a fall sowing of a variety of different grains (rye, wheat, oats, triticale, barley) in test plots.  I wasn’t sure I’d get good germination, although Dan Jason at Salt Spring Seeds recommends sowing grains anytime from late September through early November on the west coast of B.C.  His fall-sown grains outyielded his spring-sown ones, so it was definitely worth a try.

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