March 2012 Newsletter

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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 are grown. Potatoes are one of the easiest crops to grow, and you don’t even need garden space. Try our Reusable Potato Grow Bags, and grow potatoes right on your patio. Just add soil!

West Coast Seeds
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Delta, British Columbia
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Tel: 604-952-8820
Book of the Month
Mini Farming
The Complete Book of Potatoes

Beginner Beekeeping Classes
Join Master Beekeeper Brian Campbell at BC’s only organic and sustainable beekeeping school! Eight 2.5 hour sessions will run this spring from two Vancouver locations:
Vancouver Eastside, starting May 17th on Saturday mornings from 9:30 or afternoons from 1:00pm
Vancouver Southwest, starting May 27th on Sunday mornings from 9:30am or afternoons from 1:00pm
To register, or for more information please visit or email Brian.

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.
March 20th: Linda Gilkeson presents "Growing the Most Food in the Smallest Space"
April 17th: Andrea Bellamy presents "Guerilla Gardening"
May 15th: Joann Turner presents "One Good Fern Deserves Another"
June 19th: Gary Lewis presents "Avoiding the Summer Doldrums: Great Plants for Summer & Fall"

Potato Fusion!
Join The World in a Garden on Sunday, March 25th at West 57th & East Boulevard in Vancouver for their 3rd annual Potato Fusion event. For a $20 donation, you get a recycled coffee sack, and potato seedlings and lettuce starts to grow in it. Proceeds will benefit Project Somos, an eco-village for orphaned and abandoned children in Guatemala. There will be two sessions: 11am and 12:30 pm. Can’t make it? Pre-order your potato fusion kit! You can pick it up at the garden on Monday, March 26th or Thursday, March 29th, from 3-7pm. To register, contact Alicia by email or phone: 604-257-5151 ext. 1-213.

Remove Invasive Plants!

Come and help remove invasive plants from the Delta Nature Reserve on March 17th from 10am to 1pm. Conserve, enhance, and protect the Delta Nature Reserve with the Cougar Creek Streamkeepers and the Lower Mainland Green Team. Gloves, tools, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, and to register, please click this link.
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!

It’s potato time!

We made it through the cold gloom of winter, and now it’s time to get serious with planting seeds. It’s time to start your Brassicas indoors (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower…), and it’s a good time to start fennel, leeks, and pepper plants indoors, too. Peas, arugula, kale, pac choi, radishes, and broad beans can all be sown directly outdoors in the Lower Mainland. If you have some heavy row cover or a cold frame, it’s a good time to start lettuce and spinach, and even turnips outdoors.

When starting seeds indoors, make sure to use sterilized seed starting mix, and choose the right seedling tray for the job. Provide your seedlings with as much light as possible to keep them compact and bushy. If germination seems slow or uneven, consider using a seedling warmer mat to give your seedlings the best possible start.

March Features
All About Potatoes!

Learn about the history of potatoes and why they are such an important foodstuff. And learn how to plant certified organic seed potatoes in your home garden. Growing potatoes has never been easier, even if you don’t have a garden!

Working with Frost Dates
March 28th is fast approaching, and it is the last average frost date for the Vancouver area. Our growing season lasts from then until November 2nd. Learn how to work with frost dates in order to judge the right time to start seeds both indoors and outside!
Seed of the Month!
Lovelock is one of our favourite lettuce varieties. Its bright, emerald-green leaves are tinged with bronze, and curled to add great texture to salads. Lovelock is certified organic, disease resistant, slow to bolt, and the seeds are pelleted for easy planting. Try some out!

Sign Up for Our Gardening Classes

West Coast Seeds new retail store is equipped with a new, even larger classroom, where we offer 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:

Gardening for Pollinators
All gardeners depend on bees and other pollinators to produce good fruits and vegetables. With honeybees in decline, what strategies can growers and home gardeners take to preserve and encourage bumblebees (and a host of other wild bees) to build healthy populations near our growing area? Master beekeeper Brian Campbell will talk about our relationship with, and dependence on, pollinators – and what we can do to support them. ($15.00)
Sunday, March 18th, 1-3pm

Grafting Heirloom Apples & Other Fruit Trees
Master Gardener Brian Campbell reveals expert techniques for harvesting living tissue from one tree and grafting it to another to produce different varieties of apples growing from the same tree. Learn how you can preserve diversity by grafting different tree fruits like the professionals. Please bring a clean, sharp knife to this class. Grafting materials will be provided. ($45.00 – includes materials)
Sunday, March 25th, 1-3pm


Full list of our Gardening Classes here.

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