GO BOX Storage FREE U-PICK!

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The GO BOX Permaculture Project has had a bumper crop of raspberries!

It’s that time of year again for the GO BOX Storage FREE U-PICK!

PLEASE check into the office first and we will show you where to pick. We have TONS of cherries, some currants, and TONS of raspberries. We are located at 2853 Bowers Pl, Kamloops.

The FREE U-PICK is open from 9am to noon on Monday to Friday, July 11-15th, 2016. PLEASE come ONLY during these times. Thanks.

To find GO BOX Storage see this Google Map.

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We also have lots of cherries to share!

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And there’s still some currents and gooseberries available!

Updated July 20, 2016: We’re having one more day for the FREE U-PICK on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 between 9:00am to noon! TODAY ONLY.

MR PATCH: Sinkholes and Repairs

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Gary came in the day before the repair to pre-cut the asphalt.

We would like to thank Gary Laidlaw from MR PATCH for coming in and fixing a sinkhole in our pavement. His team was fast and competent.

Gary does any size of paving repair including speed bumps, sealing, crack repairs, potholes, asphalt cutting and curbs. If you are looking for someone to repair your asphalt call Gary at: 250.573.5922 or 250.851.1115.

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Gary and his team are removing the old asphalt.

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The cut line gives a clean line for the repaving.

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Gary’s team pours in the hot asphalt while Gary carefully edges the patch line.

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Gary packs the new asphalt. We will try not to drive the forklift on the patch for a few weeks.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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What a great year! A BIG thank you to all our GO BOX Storage customers that made 2015 great. May your Family have peace and prosperity in the New Year.

We would like to thank all of our GO BOX Storage customers for making 2015 such a great year. The Cooper Family would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

PLEASE NOTE: GO BOX Storage will be CLOSED for Christmas from December 24, 2015 and will reopen for deliveries on January 4, 2016.

2015 FREE GO BOX Storage U-pick

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The GO BOX Storage Permaculture Project has had a bumper crop of raspberries, sour cherries and currants. Come for a FREE u-pick. Bring a few friends.

GO BOX Storage is having a FREE u-pick for raspberries, sour cherries and red currents! The FREE u-pick will be for the week of June 29-30, 2015. We will be CLOSED for Canada Day and reopen for picking on July 2-3, 2015.

It’s easy to get involved with the FREE u-pick:

  1. Like GO BOX Storage and the GO BOX Permaculture Project on Facebook.
  2. If you have already done so, get a friend to like us on Facebook and share this post on your personal feed. Bring your friends to the u-pick. It’s always more fun to u-pick with friends!
  3. GO BOX Storage is located at 2853 Bowers Place, Kamloops. The u-pick is open this week Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Come between 8am-5pm. Earlier will be better for the best picking.
  4. Come to the GO BOX Storage office and I will show you where to pick.

Living the Life: Mobile Chicken Hutch and Greenhouse Update: Photo Essay

GUEST POST by Shaen Cooper

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1. Example of heavily mulched area in back of the mobile greenhouse. Heavy mulching reduces how much watering is required.

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2. Here’s an example of how the the mobile chicken hutch can kill couch-grass in just a few days. On the right is an area worked by the mobile chicken hutch. On the left is an area before the chickens have had a change to scratch and dig.

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3. Here are the chickens in the mobile chicken hutch. Note the fresh grass. Everyday we feed the chickens fresh grass from a cover-crop in the greenhouse.

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4. Here’s a picture of the greenhouse. In the front of the greenhouse is a cover-crop of wheat, oats and barley. This grass — roots and all — are fed to the chickens. When we are ready to plant the area, we mulch directly on top of the cover-crop and plant into the mulch.

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5. This is the cold frame just in back of the greenhouse. We have been getting production of greens for over three weeks.

The last frost date in Kamloops is May 1-10th. Many experienced gardeners do not plant outside until the Victoria Day weekend. Greenhouses and cold frames can really push the length of the growing season.

SOS TIP: Watch for the annual GO BOX Storage Online Garage Sale. Starting next week!

Living the Life: Mobile Hen-Hutch and Weed Control

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Just got the couch-grass killing, mobile hen-hutch up and running. Couch-grass into eggs… Yum!

There are always some hens that just don’t like staying in the pasture and keep on coming back to the garden. These hens keep the pests down but they also make a mess by digging up the garden. The hens can be very destructive by scratching up newly planted beds and eating all the young greens.

These delinquent hens get put in the mobile hen-hutch. The hutch is very light and can be moved around the garden in a controlled manner. By moving the hutch, the hen’s destructive scratching behavior is transformed into useful work. This year we are using the hen’s scratching and digging to control couch-grass. Couch-grass (Elymus repens) is a very common species of grass. It is notorious for its creeping rootstock which enable it to grow rapidly across grasslands.

Another possible way to control couch-grass is by eating the weed. Eating weeds is a great way to control them without using herbicides. Weeds by their very nature are incredibly prolific. Even someone that can’t grow anything can eat weeds from their garden! Here’s more information about becoming a weed eater.
Seasonal Foods: Delicious Dandelion Control
Learning About Garden Weeds

According to the internet, couch-grass is diuretic and is used in herbal medicine to treat wide range of kidney, liver and urinary disorders. I have no personal experience using couch-grass as a herbal remedy but I have eaten the rootstock many times.

SOS TIP: Watch for the 2015 GO BOX Storage Online Garage Sale. We are almost ready for our BIGGEST SALE of the year!

Living the Life: Mobile Greenhouse and Winter Chicken House: Photo Essay

Shaen has just converted the winter chicken house into a mobile greenhouse. During the winter the chickens live in the greenhouse and fertilize and keep the soil biologically active. In the spring the chickens are moved to pasture. The greenhouse is based on Eliot Coleman’s mobile greenhouse design. This is the poor man’s version!

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1. This picture shows the simple wood rails that the greenhouse slides on.

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2. Shaen moved the greenhouse about 10 feet. The wet soil acted like a lubricate on the rails. It took less than 10 minutes to move the greenhouse. Most of the time was spent moving items inside the greenhouse out of the way.

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3. It looks like the chickens built about 10 inches of soil over the winter! The chickens got very excited because of the fresh soil edge and all the exposed bugs.

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4. This is the front of the greenhouse after it was moved to the new location. Shaen is building more rails to move the greenhouse farther forward. Shaen wants to have at least three positions for the greenhouse.

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5. Shaen had a chance to clean up the greenhouse. The nesting box is where old dressers go to die! Everything in the chicken house has been made with waste building materials and garbage.

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6. After moving the chickens to pasture, the greenhouse is cleaned out and made ready for planting. In front of the greenhouse is a green crop of oats, barley and wheat.

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7. Shaen built a cold frame inside the greenhouse to start an early crop of greens. The last frost day in our area is May 1-10th.

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8. Using bedding plants produced in the indoor growing unit, Shaen planted out six weeks before the last frost day. The cold frame has sustained a number of heavy frosts.

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9. Shaen is very close to having the first outdoor harvest of 2015. We have already been harvesting dandelions, chives and parsley from the other cold frames!

If you would like to learn more about the indoor growing unit please see: Seasonal Foods: Microgreens and Indoor Gardening.

Living the Life: Cold Frame Photo Essay

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This cold frame is about 5’D x 32’L. This cold frame will be for early greens inter-planted with germinating hazelnuts which will be transplanted later in the season.

Cold frames are a traditional gardening technology with a long history of use. Cold frames come in all shapes and sizes and are used to stretch the growing season. This year, Shaen built over 40 linear feet of cold frames in two areas of the garden.

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This cold frame has been placed over an area where the chickens have spent the winter. Shaen will be planting heavy feeding plants like squash inter-planted with early lettuce.

These cold frames are very simple. They use 1/2″ PVC piping cut into 10′ sections, physically pushed into the soil. The plastic is standard vapor barrier with sections of 2″x4″ cut in half to weigh down the sides of the cold frame and bricks for the ends. Everything can be rolled up and put away for the winter months or the materials can be reused somewhere else.

Shaen also used these cold frames inside the greenhouses during the early spring and late fall. The idea is to stretch the seasons so we can get the more cold tolerate vegetables out of the greenhouse earlier and later in the season. This is a technique used by Eliot Coleman, famous for his movable winter greenhouses.

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This is what it looks like inside the cold frame. The environment is very warm and moist.

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After the cold frame was up for just a few days, some over-wintering red lettuce came up from the root.

Living the Life: Planting the Greenhouse

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This is an Elliot Coleman style, movable greenhouse. The greenhouse moves backwards and forwards on the wooden tracks.

The last frost day in our area of Kamloops is May 1-10th.

Last week we planted the Elliot Coleman style, movable greenhouse. This greenhouse is also used as a winter area for the chickens in the forward position. We planted into an back of the greenhouse area where the chickens weren’t kept for the winter. We will plant into the rich soil where the chicken wintered, later in the season.

The bedding plants came from our indoor growing unit. We are hoping the cold frame inside the greenhouse will stop any killing frost. Even if the frost does get our seedling, the indoor growing unit makes starting bedding plants a breeze.

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This is a cold frame inside the greenhouse.

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The boards are for walking on. They help avoid compressing the soil. Even the cat seems to know where to walk while she’s inspecting the new planting.