August 2012 Newsletter

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Vol. August 2012 Good Growing News!

West Coast Seeds enjoys a happy partnership with the Food Garden out at the UBC Botanical Garden. In exchange for donated seeds, we have access to photograph the vegetables being grown in the demonstration garden, and to discuss with the garden managers the qualities of the various products. The Food Garden is in the process of securing its organic certification. Last year by this date, the garden had produced 470 lbs of fruits and vegetables for donation to the Salvation Army food bank. This year they are already up to 820 lbs! Fantastic! The Food Garden is open to the public–we invite you to go and check out the wide range of West Coast Seeds varieties being grown there.

West Coast Seeds
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Delta, British Columbia
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Book of the Month

How to Store Your Garden Produce (our bestselling book on storing garden bounty!)

Garden City: Richmond’s Agricultural Legacy
The Main Gallery at the Richmond Museum will be showcasing the city’s rich farming history from June 21st to October 21st. Though Richmond has grown into a vibrant urban centre, a significant portion of Richmond’s land area remains agricultural, and as such, is an important part of the local and regional economy. Drop by and celebrate the city that very recently voted to go GM-free!
The Museum is located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond.

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!

Share the harvest!
Most crops mature and are ready for harvest all at once. Even in a small garden, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the number of lettuces or cauliflowers that need to be harvested before they go to seed. This is a great time of year for processing vegetables by canning, freezing, or drying. But this is also a great time of year for sharing. Offering some of your bounty to your neighbours or coworkers is a great way to make friends fast, and you may be surprised by the return in generosity.

West Coast Seeds is a proud supporter of Plant a Row-Grow a Row (PARGAR). This national, volunteer-run organization encourages gardeners to consciously plant extra space in their gardens that can be harvested for donations to local food banks. Even if you don’t have an active PARGAR group in your community, your local food bank will appreciate donations, and make sure no produce is wasted. If you’re in the Lower Mainland of BC, please consider donating some of your harvest to PARGAR New Westminster. They receive donations on Sunday mornings, from 9:00 to 9:30am, at St. Thomas Moore Collegiate, 7450 12th Avenue (just off Kingsway) in Burnaby.

August Features
Now is the time to plant spinach!

Learn how to plant spinach for fall & winter harvests! Spinach always works best in cool weather, so take advantage of this great fall/winter crop! You have a short window between now and the last week of August to get spinach seeds planted in time for late harvests.
Make room for garlic!
Make sure to pre-order some garlic for planting this fall. West Coast Seeds will begin shipping out garlic orders in mid-September, so get your order in soon. Our garlic is organically grown here in British Columbia, and produces big, strongly flavoured, long-lasting bulbs!
Seed of the Month!
Bloomsdale Savoy is sometimes listed as Longstanding Bloomsdale. This heirloom variety is the standard curly-leaf (savoy) spinach for our area. It’s late to bolt in summer, and it has large, succulent, really flavourful leaves. Bloomsdale is a staff favourite!
Custom Seed Packets!
West Coast Seeds can print personalized seed packages for a wide range of individuals and organizations. Use them as party favors, or for gifts at weddings, baby showers, memorials–any occasion you want to live on in memory. Seed packets also make ideal corporate promotion handouts because bulk printing makes them even more economical.

Our packages are printed on 100% recycled, FSC-certified paper, using vegetable dyes, so they’re fully compostable. You can supply the artwork and message, or choose from a wide range of pre-printed packets, and simply provide the text. Find out more by downloading our Custom Printing pdf.

West Coast Seeds Gift Baskets!
Our deluxe gift baskets are the perfect "Thank You" present for the gardener in your life. We gather together seeds, gloves, hand tools, garden twine, organic fertilizers, seedling pots, books, and more, and arrange them in tastefully displayed garden baskets or tool bags. Large or small, we will put one together to suit your budget. Our gift baskets are also available as raffle gifts for fundraisers and other special events. Let us customize one for you today! Check out our gift basket selections online!

Fall & Winter Planting Guide
Be sure to download a free copy of our Fall & Winter Planting Guide today! There are lots of crops that can be sown in late August and September for fall, winter, and overwintered harvests. It’s also the perfect time to plant cover crops. Read all about it in our Fall & Winter Planting Guide!
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