January 2012 Newsletter

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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 and tasty new arrivals for 2012, and we’ve been working to update our website with more great selection and growing information. Be sure to check back often, as the website continues to grow!

West Coast Seeds
4930 Elliott Street,
Delta, British Columbia
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Tel: 604-952-8820
Book of the Month
Mini Farming
Your Farm in the City

Vancouver Seedy Saturday
Feb. 25th, 10am-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.

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!

Happy New Year!

January is absolutely the best time to gather seed catalogues together, and contemplate a new year of gardening (and warmer weather!). It’s time to make drawings of your garden space, and figure out just how much growing can be had in the months ahead. It’s even time to start planting certain seeds indoors, so please enjoy the informative articles below.

Perennial flowers and herbs, and some vegetables, perform best in the first year if you can give them a very early start. Now is the time to mark up a spare wall calendar — or better yet, begin a new garden journal — with the ideal planting dates for your many seed options. Keep your first fall frost date in mind, and work backward from that point to make the most of the season.

January Features
Grow food indoors!

When you can’t grow outdoors, it’s time to make the most of your indoor growing space! With some very basic equipment, it’s easy to grow many food plants indoors over winter, and throughout the year. Find out how to maintain an indoor salad and herb garden

Grow food from seeds!
Learn some of the tricks and tips to have better success with seeds. Whether you’re starting seeds indoors, or direct sowing right in your garden beds, there are lots of clever ways to achieve the best germination rates and the most economical use of garden space. 
Seed of the Month!
Imperial Star artichokes will produce edible buds–and lots of them–in the first year of growth if you give them a little head start. Now there is no reason not to enjoy fresh artichokes right from your backyard vegetable garden. Plus they’re certified organic!

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:

Sunday January 15th, 2012, 1-3pm:
Getting Started with Mason Bees

Limited spaces still available!
The Blue Orchard Mason Bee is a miracle of nature and provides enthusiastic services to growers of fruits and vegetables. These industrious little bees are easy to keep and care for, both on a farm or an apartment balcony. Master beekeeper Brian Campbell will cover all aspects of mason bee care, and explain how we can help them to help ourselves. $15.00

Sunday January 15th, 2012, 1-3pm:
Garden Planning 101

Growing food successfully is all about careful planning, whether you have an allotment in a community garden or a family farm. Choosing what to plant and when (and where) to plant it involves thoughtful consideration and calculation. Join Master Gardener Brian Campbell as he discusses how to get the maximum harvest out of any size of space. Organic gardening basics for novices and experienced growers alike.


Full list of this spring’s Gardening Classes here.