Thursday, April 21, 2016

Earth Day Tips from EarthBites: Growing Spring Greens in Your Garden

In celebration of Earth Day, Vancouver’s EarthBites school gardening and nutrition program has some great tips for families who want to grow spring greens in their garden.

Rocky Mountain Flatbread will also be handing out herb and wildflower seeds to help you get started on growing your own greens and will donate 10% of sales to EarthBites on Earth Day (April 22) at all their restaurants.

It's easy to get started on growing your greens:

Tip #1: Prepare your containers or beds with nutrients for healthy growth.  When growing in containers – ensure you use ¾ potting soil and ¼ sea soil (organic fertilizer which can be bought at any home hardware store and add a good few inches of organic fertilizer to your beds. Like us, plants need essential minerals and nutrients to grow. Spring greens in particular need lots of nitrogen to grow.

Tip #2:  For instant gratification, pick up a few starter veggies (lettuce, kale, arugula). Spring herb starter plants are great too (parsley, cilantro, mint).  Easy spring seeds include radishes, snap peas & spinach – just follow the simple instructions on the back of the pack. Ensure you do not plant the seeds too far down. Beet and radish spouts are super fun too – just scatter and lightly cover with soil. Sprouts will be ready for harvesting in two to three weeks!

Tip #3: Keep soil evenly moist. If it has not been raining, water your containers or beds two to three times a week.

EarthBites goes into Vancouver schools to teach thousands of kids how to grow and cook their own healthy meals. The children are instructed by a dedicated team of urban growers, nutritionists and entrepreneurs who are passionate about engaging children with the food they eat. For more information check out

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