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Repotting Large Containers

Posted by admin in Containers, Maintenance

By Susan   Occasionally Japanese maples, roses, bamboo (especially bamboo!) and other large container plants need to be re-potted. How can you tell if it’s time? If you feel that a particular plant didn’t do so well last year, or that water ran right through the pot without being absorbed, then it probably is. Repotting

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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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Posted by admin in Edible Gardening, Planting

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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A Gallery of Alliums for Every Garden

Posted by admin in Beneficials, Design, Flowers, Plant Choices

By Faye  Onions are alliums, chives are alliums and leeks are alliums. Alliums are among the oldest cultivated plants in the world, adding much to nearly every global cuisine. Ornamental alliums however, are relatively new to the landscape, being developed in Holland around the middle of the 19th century. Many new varieties have been introduced

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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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Pruning Rhododendrons

Posted by admin in Maintenance, Shrubs

By Susan   Well grown rhodos will be bushy, with leaves covering the whole plant. Poorly grown rhodos are often leggy and bare. The difference usually comes down to maintenance pruning, which should be done on an annual basis. Plan to cut back about 10% of the plant every year. Cut back select branches to

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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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HarkAway Botanicals introduces: Hakonechloa SunFlareTM

Posted by admin in Perennials

BC nurseryman introduces new plant to International market In 2017, Lyle Courtice of HarkAway Botanicals, in association with Concept Plants B.V. will release their latest introduction into the horticultural trade. Hakonechloa macra SunFlareTM is the first-ever international new plant introduction being offered in Europe and many countries including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Canada, the

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Simple Containers

Posted by admin in Containers, Flowers, Grasses, Perennials, Shrubs

 by Susan Tice Colourful containers sprouted up everywhere when we moved to our current home and we suddenly had lots of sun. My long pent up desire for pots overflowing with petunias and other summer beauties could be indulged almost endlessly. A few years later, the novelty wore off a little – it was a

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

Posted by admin in Edible Gardening

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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Dahlias 2016

Posted by admin in Flowers, Perennials

We have dahlias in one and two gallon pots. The list below is what we started the season with – please drop by or call to have a specific variety set aside.   SPROUTED DAHLIA TUBERS NAME COLOUR TYPE SIZE ALI AMAND dk. orange fringed med ALFRED GRILLE pink/yellow flush cactus med APRIL DAWN white

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How To Save Your Back While Gardening

Posted by admin in Maintenance

by Laurie It’s that time of year when we get excited about spring, then look outside and see all the work to be done.  Gardening is a way better workout than the gym, but like the gym, I want to avoid any setbacks from injury or strain brought on by the physical aspects of gardening.

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Irresistible Hellebores

Posted by admin in Containers, Flowers, Perennials, Plant Choices, Winter

By Susan It’s hard to resist the siren call of hellebores.  Winter blooming, in a wide variety of colour and form, they are long lived and don’t even need dividing. All that and they are both drought tolerant and deer resistant! No wonder we love them.  They are the most collectible of plants. Helleborus niger

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Seven Ways To Grow More Food In Less Space

Posted by admin in Edible Gardening

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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Start Now To Foil Next Season’s Pests

Posted by admin in Maintenance, Pests/Diseases, Winter

There is much we can do between now and spring to eliminate or lessen the damage from insects and disease. We in southern BC are very fortunate to have food-growing expert, author and entymologist Linda Gilkeson, PhD in our midst. She has generously provided the information for this article.(www.lindgilkeson.ca) TO DO NOW: Mulch, mulch, mulch!

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Winter Pruning of Climbing Roses

Posted by admin in Maintenance, Winter

Winter is the best time to prune modern repeat climbers as all the old leaves need to be picked off anyway, so may as well prune at the same time. (Once blooming old roses and ramblers are best when pruned in the summer after flowering) The key to climbers is to train the canes as

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Swiss Chard Stem Hummus

Posted by admin in Recipes

So much of the Swiss Chard is in the stem, so it makes sense to use it all. 1 pound chard stems, coarsely chopped (about 4 cups) salt to taste 2-4 garlic cloves (to taste), peeled and green shoots removed ½ cup sesame tahini, stirred if the oil has separated ¼ – ½ cup freshly

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