|Lacinato kale, shown above, is sometimes listed as Black Tuscan or even Dinosaur Kale. It’s a very old heirloom variety that was first grown in the Italian region of Tuscany in the early 18th century, where it was known as Cavolo Palmizio — or “palm cabbage.”|
If you’ve grown it before, this name will make perfect sense. The plants grow relatively tall, with strap-like, puckered, blue-green leaves. The flavour is strong and it’s one of the best varieties for making kale chips!
|Beginner Beekeeping Classes |
Join Master Beekeeper Brian Campbell at BC’s only organic and sustainable beekeeping school! Eight 2.5 hour sessions will run this spring from two Vancouver locations:
Vancouver Eastside, starting May 17th on Saturday mornings from 9:30 or afternoons from 1:00pm
Vancouver Southwest, starting May 27th on Sunday mornings from 9:30am or afternoons from 1:00pm
To register, or for more information please visit
www.blessedbee.ca or email Brian.
Evergreen Garden Club
Meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Kinsman Hall, 5050 47th Avenue in Ladner, BC. Contact Kristin Crouch for more information.
April 17th: Andrea Bellamy presents “Guerilla Gardening”
May 15th: Joann Turner presents “One Good Fern Deserves Another”
June 19th: Gary Lewis presents “Avoiding the Summer Doldrums: Great Plants for Summer & Fall”
The Land Conservancy of British Columbia Pollinator Enhancement Project
The Land Conservancy of British Columbia believes strongly in the conservation of pollinators and is excited to launch a Native Pollinator Enhancement Project to address pollinator decline. To find out more about the project and receive a gift of pollinator friendly seeds from West Coast Seeds please contact Nathalie Chambers
or visit the website.
Please support our important work and bee-come a member!
|Plant more Kale!|
April is the time to plant many different vegetable seeds, including Brassicas like kale and its close cousin collards. These plants don’t need the soil to be too warm in order to germinate, so they can be direct sown now. The Brassicas make up a huge and diverse family of food plants, from arugula to turnips. These plants are all rich in vitamin C, soluble fibre, and contain phytochemicals that appear to have anti-cancer properties.Kale is a particularly easy vegetable to grow, and it’s a key crop for winter harvests because it’s so cold-hardy. April sees the release of our featured book of the month, The Book of Kale by Vancouver author Sharon Hanna
. Order your copy today, and receive it hot of the press at the end of the month!
Annual Tomato Sale!
This year’s tomato seedling sale commences at 9:30am on Saturday, May 12th. We’ll have 20 different varieties of seedlings, grown with care for us by certified organic Snow Farms. We expect the sale will continue all week, while supplies last. No reservations.
Seed of the Month!
Our new Heirloom Seed Collection
is a great way to grow some history and save some money! These 8 varieties of heirloom vegetables are time-tested and open pollinated, which means that they’re good for seed saving from year to year.
|Sign Up for Our Gardening Classes|
|West Coast Seeds new retail store is equipped with a new, even larger classroom, where we offer a series of gardening classes and lectures. The retail store is located at 4930 Elliott Street in Ladner, British Columbia – right on the corner of Elliott Street and River Road, beside the Ladner Recycling Centre. As new classes are confirmed, details will be posted here, so check back often. Refreshments will be provided at each of our classes.Please pre-register. If you’d like to attend, you can register in person at our retail outlet, or by phone: (604) 952-8820. Please register as early as possible for each course that interests you.|
Next Class (last one for the season):
Thinking of taking up beekeeping? We’ll discuss the beekeeper’s year, the tools and equipment you’ll need, and the challenges faced by both bees and their keepers. Master beekeeper Brian Campbell will teach you about the hands on demands – and rewards – of managing a hive in an urban (or suburban) environment. ($15.00)
Sunday, May 6th, 1-3pm
Full list of our Gardening Classes here.