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April 2011 Newsletter

Vol. April 2011 Good Growing News! Order your Mason Bee Cocoons now! Bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, flies, and some beetles pollinate more than 70 percent of flowering plants, including the beans, peas, cucumbers, melons, peppers, and squash in your garden – as well as all the nearly all the fruit you eat. In recent years,…

May 2011 Newsletter

Vol. May 2011 Good Growing News! Try a mesclun mix for baby salad greens. They’re tender and succulent, but full of flavour – and they grow back for multiple harvests. It’s easy to grow plants in containers – including a host of vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers. All you need are containers, soil, and seeds…

June 2011 Newsletter

Vol. June 2011 Good Growing News! Our wildflower blends planted in March and April are really beginning to sing! Shown above is Alternative Lawn Blend, that grows to only six inches tall, but explodes in spring in a riot of colour and textures, and then blooms all summer. We took this picture earlier in the…

July 2011 Newsletter

Vol. July 2011 Good Growing News! Direct sow sweet peas like Mammoth, shown above, from mid-August til October for blooms all summer long. Sweet peas can also be planted in early spring – they’re the perfect flowers to plant for summer wedding bouquets, for garden fragrance, and for dinner table centerpieces. The more flowers you…

September 2011 Newsletter

Vol. September 2011 Good Growing News! Patient farmers and gardeners across BC were finally rewarded with warm, dry growing weather in August and early September, and now farms and gardens are offering up massive harvests! As fall fast approaches, it’s time to think about cover crops, and a few fast-maturing leafy greens such as lettuce,…

October 2011 Newsletter

Vol. October 2011 Good Growing News! As cool weather turns to cold weather, it’s time to think of the many beneficial garden bird species that play such an essential role in controlling insects. Put out a new feeder for the specific kind of birds you want to attract. Choose from a variety of high quality…

January 2012 Newsletter

Vol. January 2012 Good Growing News! Hopefully by now you have received our 2012 Seed Catalogue and Growing Guide. If you haven’t received on yet, it may still be in the post, as we send them out in several batches. They will also be available at your local garden centres shortly. We have some fun…

February 2012 Newsletter

Vol. February 2012 Good Growing News! Aside from planning the vegetables you want to grow in the new season, it’s also good to plan for pollination. Mason Bee Cocoons are now in stock and ready for shipping. These gentle native insects will insure that every flower in your garden is pollinated — so you can…

March 2012 Newsletter

Vol. March 2012 Good Growing News! Our certified organic seed potatoes have arrived for 2012! Sieglinde, Chieftain, Yukon Gold, Kennebec, Russet Norkotah, Russian Blue, and Russian Banana Fingerlings — there’s a potato to suit every taste! Above is a photo of one of the actual fields in the beautiful Pemberton Valley where our seed potatoes…

April 2012 Newsletter

Vol. April 2012 Good Growing News! 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…

May 2012 Newsletter

Vol. May 2012 Good Growing News! Carrots come in all shapes and sizes, and in a surprising palette of colours. Whether red, white, purple, or orange, carrots are rich in vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre, and antioxidants. Red, purple, and orange carrots are the best natural source of beta-carotene, a pigment that we metabolize into vitamin…

June 2012 Newsletter

Vol. June 2012 Good Growing News! Call them them ladybugs, call them ladybird beetles, or call them Coccinellidae as the entomologists do. These little beetles are perhaps the most familiar of all beneficial insects. Ladybugs feed on aphids, which are one of the most common insect pests that also spread many plant diseases. So an…