Category: Garden Resources

About Squash

About Squash
18 Oct

Squash (Curcurbita sp.)

Of all the vegetable varieties, squashes are by far the most diverse in shape, size, and overall appearance. The sheer complexity of this vegetable group invites growers on a life-long adventure. There are many hundreds of different named varieties of squash (perhaps more types in cultivation than any other group of vegetable), each with its own fascinating history, but there are countless more yet to be developed, as the plants are so easy to breed and prone to cross-pollination.

Time to Plant Legumes

It's Time to Plant Legumes as Cover Crops
27 Sep

It’s September, and much of the garden has been put to bed. Heat loving summer crops have all but withered: Sunflower heads have been cut for drying, tomatoes have been picked green and brought indoors, and pumpkins sit bright and orange while the rest of the plants have succumbed to mildew and the season’s end….

Working with Frost Dates

Working with Frost Dates
13 Sep

All gardeners need to understand how to work with first and last average frost dates. Keeping these dates in mind provides a very good idea of how early to plant different kinds of seeds, and how long to expect a growing season to last. All vegetables take a certain amount of time to mature before…

Seed Saving

17 Aug

Harvesting seeds from your garden for planting in the future is a great idea for all kinds of reasons. Most obviously, it’s an economical way to keep your garden going from year to year without having to constantly purchase new seeds. Seed saving allows you to share (and trade!) with your friends and neighbours, and…

Seeds to Sow Mid-August

Seeds to Sow Mid-August
15 Aug

The first average frost date for Lower Mainland BC is November 2. This date is reflected pretty closely from the Sunshine Coast and Gulf Islands, coastal Vancouver Island, Puget Sound, and down to the Willamette Valley in Oregon. That means we have approximately eleven weeks of growing time before we can reasonably expect the cold…

All About Garlic

About Garlic
13 Aug

Garlic has been used as both food and medicine since at least the 25th century BC, around the time that the pyramids were being constructed at Giza, Egypt. In his Ecologues, Virgil writes all about garlic being consumed by ancient Greek and Roman soldiers, and it is was grown in England by the mid-16th century….

What’s Happening at West Coast Seeds? July 2017

West Coast Seeds
25 Jul

Hello summer! We finally have warm weather in the Lower Mainland, and the gardens and fields are spilling over with fresh veggies and fruits. Here’s an update on all that has happened recently at the West Coast Seeds farm. At the front of the property, we are growing various flowers. It makes for quite the…

Too Much Nitrogen

Too Much Nitrogen
25 Jul

Nitrogen is one of the three most important so-called “macronutrients” for the healthy growth of plants, along with its equally important cousins phosphorus and potassium. These three elements are the central components of most fertilizers, and they form the N-P-K ratio that is shown on fertilizer packaging. A good, balanced, organic fertilizer for general garden…

How and When to Harvest Potatoes

How and When to Harvest Potatoes
24 Jul

Whether the goal is to harvest tender, immature “new potatoes,” or to harvest fully mature potatoes for storage and use over the fall and winter, it’s helpful to follow some basic guidelines on how and when to harvest potatoes. Our Certified Organic seed potatoes ship in March. Order now! New Potatoes All potato varieties can…

Butterfly Wildflower Blend Ingredients

Butterfly Blend
10 Jul

Our Butterfly Blend wildflower ingredients include the following species. These were chosen specifically for their nectar rich flowers to which butterflies are drawn. The type of butterfly attracted to your flower patch will depend on where you live, but this mix includes flowers that are attractive to Monarch butterflies, swallow-tails, skippers, admirals, and many more….

Hummingbird Wildflower Blend Ingredients

Hummingbird Wildflower Blend Ingredients
10 Jul

The wildflower seeds in the Hummingbird Blend are selected for the abundant nectar their mature flowers produce. These lure native and migratory hummingbirds to the garden to fuel up naturally. Grow them en masse or in a long strip down the length of your garden, and hummingbirds will become downright territorial over the generous (and…