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HOW NOT TO KILL YOUR SEEDLINGS

Posted by admin in Edible Gardening, Planting

By Faye Killing your seedlings is easy, but so is growing them to become strong and vibrant young plants! Whether you sow your own seeds or buy starts from the nursery, your seedlings will go through a vulnerable stage of babyhood, when you must meet their every need. Some simple guidelines and lessons learned along

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PEAS TO PERFECTION

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By Faye Few garden crops rival the perfection of crisp peas in late spring. Getting them started early is the secret, as they prefer to grow in cooler temperatures. Read in “Peas in Particular” to see a foolproof way to beat cold weather, critters, and rot. Since writing that article a few years ago, I have

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The Joy of Creating a Lasagna Bed

Posted by admin in Edible Gardening, Maintenance, Soil

By Faye Has your appetite for growing your own food expanded as mine has? With the warmer weather these past few summers, harvests have been plentiful and deliciously sweet, but planting space had not kept up with my lust for more. I wanted more of what I’ve already grown, and more new crops as well.

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What to Do Now with Winter Veggie Beds?

Posted by admin in Edible Gardening, Maintenance, Winter

By Faye If you, like me, are admiring your nicely established winter crops in the garden, then it’s worth the little bit of time it takes now to make sure everything stays healthy throughout the cold season. Mulching and some staking are needed to protect winter crops from the elements.   It’s been a while since

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Plants To Entice Bees To Your Garden

Posted by admin in Beneficials, Edible Gardening, Flowers

*** It’s very important to have flowers all season long, from February to frost, to satisfy the early Masons right through to the late season foragers. Plant several of each, as bees like to ensconce themselves in a big patch of their favourite flowers and just hang out, gathering pollen and sipping nectar in the

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New Facebook Page For Greenhouse Enthusiasts

Posted by admin in Edible Gardening, Greenhouse Growing

Are you one of those lucky gardeners who have a greenhouse? If so you might be interested in a new local  facebook group set up by one of our customers – Salish Sea Greenhouse Gardeners. “This group is for people on Vancouver Island, especially its southern part, who are growing food and flowers in greenhouses.  It is

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Heads Up, It’s Time To Think About Winter Veggies

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By Faye How strange to be writing an article about growing vegetables in winter in the same newsletter as one on pruning tomatoes, but the reality is that now is definitely the time to start planning what, where and when to grow. Read on… Definition of Winter Vegetable Gardening: When we talk about growing vegetables

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Should I Prune My Tomatoes?

Posted by admin in Edible Gardening, Maintenance

By Faye The short answer is yes, and no. It depends on what kind of tomato you are growing. If it’s determinate then no pruning is required, but indeterminate tomatoes must be kept in check. Determinate vs. Indeterminate This is the key piece of information to look for on the tag when you purchase your

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Seven Ways To Grow More Food In Less Space

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By Faye Having a small garden is no reason not to have generous harvests of your favourite fresh vegetables, all year long.  There are many ways to boost production, and get the most out of whatever little plot of land you may have, even if it’s just a few pots on the patio! The one

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The Magical Bean

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By Faye For the snap and crunch of a perfect green bean, nothing comes close to the bean you grow yourself. Those hollow, stringy supermarket beans should be banned! Beans are one of the easiest vegetables to grow; the perfect crop for a beginner. They even make their own fertilizer! Beans are legumes, and all

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Microgreens are the New Kale

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By Faye For the past couple of years, we’ve been inundated with the wonders of kale as the latest superfood.  Recently however, while putting out trays of winter veggie starts, I have heard whispered confessions, “Actually, I don’t really like kale. “ Enter a new way to grow and eat the very freshest produce possible

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Summer Veggies In Review 2014

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By Faye As the summer vegetable garden becomes a warm and happy memory, and the winter one settles in with hope and promise, it’s time to take a look back at how it all worked. Planning for next year has to start now, as we see what did well, what didn’t, and how can we

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Garlic – The Great Traveler

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The history of garlic can almost be described as the history of human migration.  Garlic is native to Central Asia, specifically the Caucasus region between the Black and the Caspian Seas, and over many millennia it has been carried to almost all corners of the world. Garlic flavours many of the world’s cuisines. It is

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The Language of Seeding

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It’s always easier to understand something when you know the language.   If you have been wondering about the difference between open pollinated, F1 Hybrid and what organic actually means, read on… Open Pollinated: Plants produced by crossing two parents of the same variety. The resulting offspring will have the same characteristics as the parents. Choose

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Lasagna Gardening

Posted by Russell Nursery in Edible Gardening, Soil

By Sue This method of making beds requires no digging or tilling. Also known as sheet-composting, it means building up layers of organic material that will break down over time, resulting in rich, loose soil. You can build a lasagna garden right on top of the lawn, weeds and all. Start by spreading a layer

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November In The Food Garden

Posted by Russell Nursery in Edible Gardening, Maintenance

Getting the veggie garden ready for winter entails just a few simple tasks. The first really hard frost of the season is upon us; we need to prepare now for the winter that lurks nearby. First of all, the soil needs to be protected from incessant rain, which leeches out nutrients and compacts the ground. 

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The Veggie Garden In Review, Summer 2013

Posted by Russell Nursery in Edible Gardening

While the vegetable harvest is still fresh in your mind, fall is a good time to take stock of what grew and what didn’t. Thanks to a nice warm summer with lots of sunshine, most of us had a bountiful crop. Here are some of our observations: * We did some trials of potting soil

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Berries Are The Best

Posted by Russell Nursery in Edible Gardening

For taste and pleasure, growing delicious ripe berries in your own backyard has to be the ultimate treat.   The Big Three of Berry Heaven would be strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. There are many others of course, and aficionados of gooseberries will likely argue with my assessment, but who can argue with a juicy, red strawberry?   Read

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Protecting Your Winter Vegetable Garden

Posted by Russell Nursery in Edible Gardening, Maintenance, Pests/Diseases, Winter

Most of the vegetables suitable for the winter garden are perfectly hardy, but minor protective measures will ensure a greater harvest, better quality leaves, and cleaner produce.  I’ve grown kale, leeks, chard and purple sprouting broccoli in a raised bed with no protection over the winter other than leaves covering the soil. The soil needs

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Tending Your Winter Vegetables In October

Posted by Russell Nursery in Edible Gardening, Maintenance, Pests/Diseases

Mid October has finally brought the first rains of the season, as we say goodbye to the lovely, long late summer.  Has there ever been a fall as gorgeous as this one? The extended fall has unfortunately enabled those evil white cabbage moths to produce yet another generation of their voracious offspring.  Even today, I

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