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Darach Seaton
Vancouver. BC
Owner-operator of FarmCity; carpenter & gardening zealot; sculpture teacher; artist. Recent upgrades: Pacific Permaculture Workshop, BCIT Green Roof Course.
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We announce with great regret that FarmCity Food Gardens is no longer in business. We have met so many wonderful people and aspiring gardeners, and have enjoyed immensely the opportunity to serve Vancouver gardeners. For continued great service with your food gardening needs, please contact our longterm collaborator and garden expert, Elvira, at CompanionGardens. With 20 years of experience in organic gardening - three years with FarmCity - she has the comprehensive know-how to help you with all your concerns and requests. Contact: or 604 363 4853 In the meantime, please continue to enjoy our blog: lots of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
If you’re already paying a landscaping service to come mow your lawn, why not spend the money on a food garden service instead? Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
More on planning your garden: companion planting, soil conditions, planting for pest control Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
Garden planning: where to plant what in your vegetable garden. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
As part of our specialty in outdoor woodcraft, we recently built some custom gates, privacy screens, and a front handrail for a gorgeous house renovation run by Howard Vera Design. The overall theme is West Coast modern, with warm cedar and fir elements, river rock and (soon to come) an innovative planting plan of decorative grasses and native BC plants and trees. For our part, we built some privacy screens for the back deck and barbeque area, new gates, and the front handrailing. The design focus is high craft, clean lines, and beautiful, oiled wood (using a very "green" penetrating... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
What to consider when you're trying to decide how big a vegetable garden you need. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
Where's the best place to put a vegetable garden? The basic issues of water, soil and light - and what food you can grow in semi-shaded and shaded areas. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
Part III of how to control fungus problems in the garden. Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
Part II about how to prevent and control fungus infections in the garden. Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
I have yet to talk to a burgeoning food gardener who isn't intent on growing their food organically. But organic growing involves developing a whole new body of knowledge about just what is an organic practise, or what tools and practises are available to an organic grower for things like pest control. So we thought we'd talk about some of the practises we use - here and in our next two posts, about fungus prevention and control - those dreaded plant diseases like downy mildew or late blight! Your best tool is, of course, prevention: Buy only healthy plants: this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
How to grow basil - easy! Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
Inspiration for the upcoming season: garden design and some of our recent food gardens - including a greenhouse on the North Shore. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
Beneficial nematodes are an increasingly common part of everyday gardening - but what are these creatures, and how do you use them? Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
A veggie garden standard, highly nutritious, delicious to eat: how can you go wrong with carrots? Just about everything you need to know about growing this fabulous food! Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
We started our winter garden back in July: leeks, kale, brussels sprouts (above), cabbage, salsify, radicchio and chard, among other plants, all started from seed beneath the ripening tomatoes and the heavily laden bean vines. And we planted garlic in the fall at the same time as all the other bulbs. Some of these plants - chard, spinach, corn salad, radicchio, endive and various other greens - don't last through a solid frost, but we've been eating them through the fall. We've also been eating the kale, which will last through winter here on the West Coast (unless it gets... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2013 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
We've had an extraordinarily sunny and warm spring here on the West Coast, and while we've raved daily and with great gratitude about the weather, one effect has also been to make our winter kale bolt to flowers a lot sooner than usual. Some of the flowers we keep for the sake of saving seed, but we also EAT the kale flowers! They can either be eaten as little green florets, like sprouting broccoli heads, or else you can eat the fully-developed flowers - a mildly sweet taste in a salad, or as a garnish. Or just pluck the flowers... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
One of the great creative joys of helping people build food gardens, is the opportunity to design the garden from start to finish! So when a couple on the North Shore contacted us with their wish to have a food garden, we started by coming up with several designs. The first focusses on a central lozenge-shaped bed, with a perennial herb garden in the middle. The paths will be made of 1" river rock for a casual, organic feel, and several existing fences provide both shelter from the weather and in-built growing frames for tomatoes, beans, peas and squashes. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2013 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
If you're among the avid gardeners who start their tomatoes indoors, you probably have some tall thin seedlings about now that look as if they'd fall over if nothing more than a fruit fly flew by too fast! But - and I know it's counter intuitive - if you pinch off your seedlings, they'll slow top growth long enough to focus on broadening and strengthening the stem, and on setting really solid roots. What you do is wait until the seedlings are sprouting their fourth REAL leaf (so, not counting the very first two mini-leafs they put out just after... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2013 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
We have been getting a lot of requests for raised beds and balcony planters that are high enough for people with sore or aging backs to use comfortably. One of the easiest solutions is the double-high raised bed, which at about 20" puts a lot of soil a lot closer to reach. (For wheelchair gardeners, planters on legs - so that your own legs can fit underneath, allowing you to get closer to the planter - are an option that we also offer). Don't be fooled by Eric's posture in the photo: he's close kin to a giraffe, so he... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2013 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
Onions and scallions are a great plants for container gardens, and they grow year round in our WEst Coast climate. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2013 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
Our new woodshop is allowing us to offer top-quality outdoor woodworking, from custom planters and outdoor furniture, to garden sheds and beautiful, functional raised beds. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2013 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
Valentine's Day is a great occasion to give your gardening beloved a unqiue FarmCity gift! We are happy to help you design exactly the gift you are looking for. For some ideas, check out our Gifts for Gardeners, including: A brand new raised garden bed filled with fresh, clean soil: A beautiful way to design a garden, and a practical gardening strategy in our West Coast climate, the benefits of raised bed gardening are many. A custom built planter - or suite of planters: A gorgeous design element in any garden, and essential for balcony gardening. And notice the attached... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2013 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
We want our website to be as useful to our readers as possible - a true resource for information about garden design and upkeep. So we've added and updated a couple items: How to Compost: Composting is easy once you know how - but everyone has to learn somewhere. Our article explains the basics - and the principles behind them. Other articles include: Growing Food in the Shade and Taking Care of the Soil Balcony and Small-Space Gardening: Food gardening is for everyone! Even when you don't have a big yard to work in, you can still grow a surprising... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2013 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction
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This January, it's been frosty, and foggy, and now we're back to rain again. But believe it or not, the gardening season has already started! Planning: There's lots to consider for the upcoming season: in recalling what crops your grew last year (where they were planted, how they did), you'll be working out what this year's crop rotation will be. You don't want to plant the same plants in the same place year after year, because the soil will have accumulated diseases and fungi particular to that kind of plant. So in order to keep down such pests as garlic... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2013 at FarmCity Food Garden Construction