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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

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 Magical Bean

Posted by admin in Edible Gardening

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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Harvesting In Early Spring

Posted by Russell Nursery in Edible Gardening

Growing our own vegetables has become a passion. Who knew that the third millennium AD would find city people going back to the earth in droves, growing food in back yards? Way back in the olden days we thought it would bring only high tech, and cars that flew.  Well, it did bring much of

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THE GREAT CANADIAN REFRIGERATOR Or Planting Now for Next Winter’s Harvest.

Posted by Russell Nursery in Edible Gardening

Growing delicious vegetables at any time is satisfying, but planting now, with the knowledge that next winter you will have food in the garden, is nothing less than thrilling.  Yes, I realize the irony of talking about next winter’s harvest when we aren’t even out of this ‘winter’ yet. These are a few seeds you

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Peas In Particular

Posted by Russell Nursery in Edible Gardening

  It’s a beautiful sunny day, April 8. The peas started in vermiculite are now in the ground, germinated and well rooted. I will never again plant peas into cold soil and wait, and wait and wait for them to emerge. Usually one third rot in the cold wet ground, another third get eaten by

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Seeding Vegetables For Summer Harvest

Posted by Russell Nursery in Edible Gardening

Why is there so much fuss about seeding? Is it rocket science? Seeds have been grown since the beginning of time, yet we all dither and wring our hands about “is it time?” I have come to the conclusion that all one really needs is the West Coast Seed Catalogue, and Linda Gilkeson’s book Backyard

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Still Too Cold For Seeds

Posted by Russell Nursery in Edible Gardening

Lynne My veggie patch more closely resembles a pond at the moment but, nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed last weekend’s talk by Linda Petite on the subject of “Success with Seeds”.  It got me into the right frame of mind to haul the plastic bags containing half-used packets of seed from the bottom shelf of my

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Long Standing Leeks

Posted by Russell Nursery in Edible Gardening

During the big snowfall in February, I harvested my leeks.  I can’t believe I’m saying this! I harvested my own leeks, with a foot of snow on the ground. What a marvelous crop this is, growing steadfastly through last year’s cool spring, brief summer heat, autumn rains and two snow storms.  So when I say

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Seedy Saturday in Victoria

Posted by Russell Nursery in General

Nicole This year was Victoria’s 18th annual Seedy Saturday and my 2nd. Upon entering the Conference Centre there was an unmistakable buzz in the air, and it wasn’t the mason bees getting ready to burst forth from their cocoons. It was the people: the volunteers, the vendors and the public. Everyone was excited to be

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