Christmas in Canada

Christmas in Canada
In Canada the traditional Christmas dinner is roast turkey with vegetables and sauces. For dessert it is rich, fruity Christmas pudding with brandy sauce. Mince pies, pastry cases filled with a mixture of chopped dried fruit.

In Quebec, they display Crèches or nativity scenes in their homes as the Christmas decorations.
After attending midnight mass, families may be served tourtiere or pork pie. Another favorite food is Boulettes or small meatballs. A Christmas banquet is called a reveillon.

Masked mummers are a Christmas tradition from Newfoundland.

In some provinces, a big winter festival, called Sinck tuck, is celebrated by the Inuit, with dancing and a present-giving party.

In Labrador, turnips are saved from the summer harvest and are given to children, with a lighted candle pushed into a hollowed out hole.

In Nova Scotia, a country settled by Scottish highlanders, songs and carols brought from Britain two centuries ago are sung each Christmas morning. Also in Nova Scotia, during the twelve days of Christmas small groups of belsnicklers, or masked mummers, appear in neighbourhoods, ringing bells, making noise, seeking candy or other treats.

The hosts may try to guess who the mummers are and if they guess right the mummer removes his or her disguise and stops making rude noises and actions. Children may be quizzed by the mummers on their behaviour if they say they have been good they are rewarded with candy.

In British Columbia Christmas turkey may be accompanied by either fresh or smoked salmon.

Basically, Christmas today is centred around Food and Drink, and friends.
------  So, Merry Christmas to All!.


Food Changes

Hey, the top food crops grown, changes again. For the past decade the top vegetable crops were potatoes, carrots and pumpkins.

Well that changed this year.

This past year, those grown in soil crops, are passe, yep the following feild crops have replaced them.

(1.) Tomatoes - 396 Hectares,

(2.) Herbs - 318 Hectares,

(3.) Cucumbers - 252 Hectares

----- now that's a big change!



Wood Works

For decades, we greenhouse growers relied on peat moss as the primary substrate component to grow most of our greenhouse crops. Peat moss is undoubtedly a great material based on its excellent physical and chemical properties.

Research on new substrates continues today as vigorously as ever (maybe even more so), despite the successes and familiarity of our traditional peat-based mixes.

Hey our moss suppliers are sweeping up many of our traditional fields, and they are being farmed quite heavily. In 2016 there was a shortage of peat reported in Canada.

So, some researchers are testing the use of ground up wood mixed with the peat moss. Several different suppliers are testing a variety of evergreens, which seem to be the best trees for grinding, growing and ------ mixing it with peat!


Bee Help

This is the first time that bees have received "endangered status". All 7 species are types of yellow-faced bees native to Hawaii. (At the same time, 39 Hawaiian-native plant species joined the Endangered Species list.)

Competition from exotic insects, as well as habitat loss, are cited as the causes of these bees’ decline.


Night Sky Petunia

Night Sky Petunia

The newest, 'must have' flower from last year is still the most ordered plant for 2017, and it's not even 2017 yet.

We have seen dozens of new plant releases over the past decade. Some were great, some were mediocre, but none of them have created the demand that this beasty has. 

Last year one of our clients came in to see what was new, she spotted the Night Sky petunia, and bought,

---- every one we had.