Improve Pollination with Phacelia

Phacelia tanacetifolia seeds
23 May

Purple Tansy is the common name for one of the garden’s supreme workhorses, Phacelia tanacetifolia. Gardeners who have had trouble with fruit setting on squash, melons, or cucumbers need to learn how to improve pollination with Phacelia. Phacelia is a fast-growing annual that is very easy to manage, and it never gets weedy. Because it…

What’s Happening at West Coast Seeds?

What's Happening at West Coast Seeds?
21 May

We’d like to keep you posted about what’s happening at West Coast Seeds. May 20th, 2017: Late May is the traditional time for our really busy season to begin winding down. This year the nice spring weather seems to have done everything it could to delay its arrival until these last couple of days. But…

Compost and Composting

Compost and Composting
17 May

About Compost and Composting Composting is the process of breaking down organic material. It is one of the basic principles of organic and biodynamic gardening, and has been in practice for a surprisingly long time. Pliny the Elder refers to composting in his writings from the early Roman era in the first century AD. But…

About Peppers

About Peppers
15 May

About Peppers (Capiscum sp.) Peppers appear to have played a role in the diet (and cultures) of the Americas since as early as 7500 BC, and have been in cultivation for at least 6,000 years. Not surprisingly, a rich culture surrounding peppers developed in places like Mexico, where they have been in use for so…

Homegrown Super Foods

Shanghai Express (Goji)
14 May

All homegrown vegetables are nutritious. The fact that you can eat them fresh, just after they have been harvested, means that they will be at the peak of both flavour and nutrient value. But among the many food plants you can grow at home are a handful of homegrown super foods, plants that contain significantly…

Mother’s Day Gift Bag

Mother's Day Gift Bag
9 May

With Mom’s special day fast approaching, we put together a simple Mother’s Day gift bag you can print at home. Cut it out from the template and follow our instructions for folding and gluing (or taping) into its final shape. Add a ribbon for a touch of style. The gift bag is the perfect size…

Making a Cloche Greenhouse

Making a Cloche Greenhouse
4 May

These instructions will help you plan your garden, making a cloche greenhouse configuration, choose your covering material and pipe frame. Then they will help you set up your greenhouse and make the very best use of it for great gardening and harvests! Clip on Cover & Protect your Plants Garden Clips are durable, versatile fasteners…

Snails and Slugs

Snails and Slugs
3 May

These gastropods (Snails and Slugs) are a fact of life in damp coastal BC. Two factors, however, can be used to minimize their impact on your organic vegetable garden. First, they shun sunlight, and are mostly active at night. Second, they require ample moisture to thrive and breed. The organic gardener’s best control is to…

Waiting to Transplant

Waiting to Transplant
2 May

Many plants benefit from a head start by sowing indoors during late winter and early spring. For a few crops, notably peppers and tomatoes, this indoor start is an absolute requirement if growing from seed. These tender, tropical plants will be killed outright by frost, and will show immediate signs of distress if exposed to…