June 2011 Newsletter

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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 week at a friend’s garden on 34B Avenue in Ladner. You can plant wildflower seeds again in the fall for an early display the following spring, and some of the seeds actually benefit from sitting in the soil over winter. Your display will be that much more attractive!
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The Land Conservancy of British Columbia
Pollinator Enhancement Project

The Land Conservancy of British Columbia believes strongly in the conservation of pollinators and  is exited 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!

Organic Horticulture Courses by Gaia College

Registrations for their Winter and Spring courses are in full swing, and it looks like most courses will be full again. Please be sure to register quickly if you have your heart set on a particular course! All details and registration info can be found at gaiacollege.ca
Certified arborists can earn up to 30 pre-approved CEC’s!
Vancouver Island:

Shawnigan Lake (May 31), Coombs (Jun. 3)
Contact Heidi Hermary for more information.

June Flowers? We’ll take them!

So this hasn’t been the best spring for gardening on record. Actually, the "April Showers" lasted from February straight through the end of May, and only now are the flowers appearing. Across the garden, things are maturing about 3 weeks behind schedule from the lack of heat and sunlight – at least in south coastal BC. Now is the time to embrace the warmer weather and some of the longest days of the year.

Transplant warmth-loving crops like tomatoes, peppers, squash, and cucumbers to the garden now that the weather is warming up. Keep your beds weeded, and as the warm days continue, try to work out a regular watering schedule so that young seedlings and transplants aren’t allowed to dry out. And, as you’ll see below, it’s already time to start contemplating your winter harvest garden!

June Features
Time to plan for winter harvests!

Learn more about winter harvest crops! Even though summer has yet to begin, many of the best winter harvest crops need to be planted in June for transplanting in August. If you are planning to harvest garlic in July, winter harvest transplants are a great way of using that space in your garden.

Plan now for next year’s Chafer Beetles!
We see the damage to lawns caused by European Chafer Beetles in mid-spring, but their larvae are already big, and there’s little you can do at that time. At the end of July, though, predatory nematodes are highly effective at killing newly hatched larvae right in the soil. Order your Terranem for mid-summer now!
Seed of the month!
If you’ve never tried an overwintering cauliflower, you need to give Galleon a go. This open pollinated work horse needs to be seeded soon, and transplanted out for August. In early spring Galleon cauliflower produces giant, delicious heads of perfect, tightly packed florets. Give Galleon open pollinated cauliflower a try!

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 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.

Pre-registration is required. 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.

Only one class left for this spring – but spaces are still available!

Sunday June 12th, 1-3pm: The Land Conservancy’s Pollinator Enhancement Project
The Land Conservancy of British Columbia believes strongly in the conservation of pollinators, and is excited to launch this project to address pollinator decline. Gardeners and professional growers alike are encouraged to create pollinator habitats, reduce the use of pesticides, and start thinking about cultivating wild populations. Please join Project Coordinator Nathalie Chambers as she discusses this vitally important project.
Cost: $12.00 donation to TLC of BC

We’ll be posting a whole new line up of classes for late summer through next spring in a couple of weeks. If there are classes you’d be interested in, please let us know. Please email Mark at gardening@westcoastseeds.com with your suggestions.

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