Month: March 2018

European Chafer Beetles

European Chafer Beetles
15 Mar

Although they arrived from Europe, they’re well at home now in BC’s Lower Mainland and many other regions. This lively beetle (Amphimallon majalis) has an annual life cycle that is worth understanding in an attempt to control it. The beetle spends its childhood and teen years as a grub in the soil, feeding on the…

How to Choose a Tomato

How to Choose a Tomato
14 Mar

It is thought that there are over three thousand heirloom tomatoes in cultivation, from the very well known Black Krim to the rather more obscure Sibirskiy Skorospely (Early Siberian). With modern bred open pollinated and hybrid varieties, the number is more like fifteen thousand types. So, how to choose a tomato can seem daunting for…

A Year in Mason Bee Keeping

Keeping Orchard Mason Bees
12 Mar

Learn about keeping orchard mason bees. In late winter, hang your mason bee nest against a wall in a sunny location that has morning light. Placing it about eye level is best. That way you can watch them coming and going. Consider putting the cocoons out near or on the nest in early March. Choose…