February 2012 Newsletter

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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 expect increased yields. All they ask for in return is to give their young a helping hand when the season is over. Check out this month’s article on keeping mason bees!

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Vancouver Seedy Saturday
Saturday, February 25th, 10am to 4pm: At the Floral Hall at VanDusen Botanical Gardens, 5251 Oak Street. Presented by the BC Master Gardeners Association. A celebration of heritage varieties and organic gardening featuring more than 30 growers, seed companies and exhibitors and Heritage Seed Swap. Make sure to visit the West Coast Seeds table! Admission by donation.

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.
Feb. 21st: Egan Davis of Van Dusen Gardens will present "The Essence of Good Gardening."
March 20th: Linda Gilkeson on "Growing the Most Food in the Smallest Space"
April 17th: Andrea Bellamy on "Guerilla Gardening"
May 15th: Joann Turner presents "One Good Fern Deserves Another"
June 19th: Gary Lewis on "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!

Spring is on the way!

February is the time to get serious about garden planning. The seeds of many vegetables, herbs, and flowers should now be started indoors in order to give the plants a good head start. And now is also a good time to contemplate amending your garden soil to improve structure and fertility.

Artichokes, leeks, and sweet onions all benefit from an early start indoors. Woody herbs like lavender, oregano, rosemary, sage, and thyme can all be started now, too. Perennial and biennial flowers will appreciate the early start, and strawberries may even bear fruit in the first year with such a generous long start.

February Features
Pollination with Mason Bees

Few garden hobbies are more illuminating and satisfying that working with mason bees to improve pollination, and encourage garden diversity. Yes, we work with them, providing them with some simple care so they can get on with the hard work of pollination.

Cover Crops to Improve Soil
Growers and home gardeners who use cover crops as green manure know that timing a simple crop, and then digging it under, can improve soil structure as well as soil fertility. Learn how to pick the right cover crop for the right job, and let the plants do the work for you!
Seed of the Month!
Plant Your Peas! Pea seeds don’t require a lot of warmth to germinate, so you can start direct sowing in late February. Learn how to grow peas from seed, and how to nurture your plants in order to get the best return, and the biggest haul of early summer peas!

Sign Up for Our Gardening Classes

West Coast Seeds new retail store is equipped with a new, even larger classroom, where we’ll be offering 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 Classes:

Secrets to Great Soil
The key ingredient to growing a strong, healthy, pest and disease resistant crop is great soil. Brian Campbell will discuss strategies to build and improve soil, from the addition of organic matter to different soil amendments. Join us for this master class on how to cultivate the ultimate garden soil. ($15.00)

Sunday, February 12th, 1-3pm

Success with Seeds
Growing food (and herbs & flowers) from seed is both economical and easy. Even in a small garden, masses of food can be produced from a simple packet of seeds. But not all seeds need the same treatment. Master Gardener Brian Campbell will cover all aspects of planting seeds, from the most basic principles to some professional tricks like stratification and vernalization. ($15.00)
Sunday, February 19th, 1-3pm


Full list of this spring’s Gardening Classes here.

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