May 2011 Newsletter

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Vol. May 2011 Good Growing News!
Try a mesclun mix for baby salad greens. They’re tender and succulent, but full of flavour – and they grow back for multiple harvests. It’s easy to grow plants in containers – including a host of vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers. All you need are containers, soil, and seeds – and a little room on a sunny deck or patio. You can even plant a container garden on a sunny windowsill. 
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Book of the Month
Mini Farming
Apartment Gardening
2011 Tomato Seedling Sale
Saturday May 14th, 9am-5pm & Sunday May 15th, 10am-4pm.
Didn’t remember to plant tomatoes early? Come by the West Coast Seeds retail store in Ladner Village and pick up a seedling or two. Expertly and organically grown by local Snow Farms – over 20 varieties to choose from! Available only as supplies last – first come, first served – no reservations! Pepper seedlings will also be available. Seedlings will be $3.00 each.

Joy of Feeding

Sunday, May 15th, 1-4pm.
@ UBC Farm, 6182 South Campus Road. (See their website for directions). Celebrate comfort foods as prepared by 15 Canadian moms of different heritages, including Meeru Dhalwala of Vij’s and Mary MacKay of Terra Breads. The event is a fundraiser for UBC Farm. Tickets are $50 and include a booklet with each mom’s family recipe. One child under 12 years, per ticket, is free. Tickets are on sale April 1st at any Choices Market or on the UBC Farm website.

Book Launch with
Linda Gilkeson

Saturday, May 28th, 1-3pm.
@ West Coast Seeds, 4930 Elliott Street in Ladner Village.
Join BC gardening guru Linda Gilkeson as we celebrate the arrival of her latest book, Backyard Bounty! Linda will be on hand to answer gardening questions, identify insect pests, sign copies of her new book, and offer advice to gardeners of all experience levels. 

Sugar Snaps & Strawberries: Tips for the Urban Gardener
Sunday, June 5th, 1-pm.
@ West Coast Seeds, 4930 Elliott Street in Ladner Village.
Andrea Bellamy is a Vancouver based garden writer, mom, blogger, and author. Please join us to celebrate the publication of her first book, Sugar Snaps and Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small Space Edible Garden. Andrea will be on hand to talk about her book, about her now-famous blog Heavy Petal, and offer some tips and advice on urban gardening. Please come and pick up a signed copy of her beautiful new book!

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
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.

Time to plant like it counts!

May has finally arrived, and now the ground should be warm enough to plant a wide range of seeds. Arugula, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, fennel, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mustards, parsnips, peas, spinach, Swiss chard, and turnips can all go in now. And if you start your cucumbers and squash indoors, now is a very good time to sow the seeds. Hold off on direct sowing big seeds like beans, corn, and squash until the soil warms up – hopefully in late May/early June. It’s also the perfect time to direct

And don’t forget our Annual Tomato Seedling Sale is coming up fast! Our friends at Snow Farm have grown some of the most beautiful looking, totally organic tomato and pepper seedlings. Some 2,000 plants will be available while supplies last, and it all starts at 9am on Saturday, May 14th. We can’t take reservations, so it’s first come, first served.

May Features
Not having a yard is no excuse!

Grow some salad greens in your kitchen, some herbs and strawberries on your deck, and some potatoes on your fire escape! Container gardening is fun and easy, and your only real constraint is your own imagination. Learn some of the best tips for success for Growing Food in Containers.

All plants want to bloom
To the left is a picture of a lettuce flower – they’re really quite pretty, but if you want to eat the lettuce, you don’t want to let it bloom. Many vegetables are affected by the warmth of the soil, the length of the day, and the rise in summer temperatures. Learn more about soil temperature and day length here.
Seed of the month!
We love Paris Market carrots! They’re almost spherical, and just about the size of a dollar coin, but so tasty, and they look fabulous on the plate. Out of all of the carrots in last year’s trial, these had the best texture and flavour when cooked. Try them steamed or roasted with some new potatoes and fresh herbs this summer!

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.

Sunday May 15th, 1-3pm: Urban Beekeeping
Thinking of taking up beekeeping? Master Beekeeper Brian Campbell will discuss the beekeeper’s year, the tools and equipment you’ll need, and the challenges faced by both the bees and their keepers.
Cost: $12.00

Sunday May 29th, 1-3pm: A Year in the Winter-Harvest Vegetable Garden
Expert gardener, blogger, and instructor on winter gardening, Carol McIntyre will be at West Coast Seeds with an hour-long presentation on the ins and outs of winter gardening, and how to plan for a nearly year-round harvest. This will be followed by a one hour question and answer session for all experience levels. Don’t be shy! Come and learn the tricks and tips you’ll need to be a successful winter-harvest vegetable gardener.
Cost: $12.00

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

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