May 2012 Newsletter

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Vol. May 2012 Good Growing News!

Carrots come in all shapes and sizes, and in a surprising palette of colours. Whether red, white, purple, or orange, carrots are rich in vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre, and antioxidants. Red, purple, and orange carrots are the best natural source of beta-carotene, a pigment that we metabolize into vitamin A. And there’s a variety to suit every taste, from tiny and tender baby carrots like Little Fingers to massive big juicing carrots like Kuroda Nova and Chantenay. Know them, grow them, love them!

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Book of the Month
Mini Farming
Winter Gardening in the Maritime Northwest, 5th ed.

Beginner Beekeeping Classes
Join Master Beekeeper Brian Campbell at BC’s only organic and sustainable beekeeping school! Eight 2.5 hour sessions:
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.
June 19th: Gary Lewis presents "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!

May is here at last!
In late May and early June, the soil in our gardens is warm enough to start planting summer and fall harvest crops like beans, cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash. It’s also time to transplant may vegetables into the garden or greenhouse. As we approach the summer solstice on June 20th, it’s an exciting time for gardeners. Days are longer, and the cold weather is finally behind us. Best of all, it appears that we’ll be warmer this spring than in the past two years!

With the warmer weather come other challenges as insects emerge and weeds start to really grow fast (and go to seed!), so it’s a time for gardeners to be vigilant. Laying down lightweight row cover now over root crops and Brassicas (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale…), can prevent several types of insect pests from laying their eggs in the first place. No eggs means no caterpillars and grubs chowing down on your summer crops. Prevention is the ultimate organic pest control.

May Features
Tips for Perfect Carrots!

Learn some of the best tips and tricks for growing perfect carrots, and for storing carrots for fall and winter harvests. You can grow a lot of carrots in a relatively small space, and they’re great in raised beds, so they make good sense for home and allotment gardeners.

All About Beans!
As the soil warms up in late May to early June, it’s time to direct sow bean seeds. Beans are easy to grow, and productive in the garden. They are also one of the best types of vegetables for freezing, pickling, or drying for use all winter long. You can even save the seeds!
Seed of the Month!
First Taste is a hybrid kabocha, or Japanese pumpkin, that will climb or spread along the ground. Fruits are uniform, with firm, sweet, yellow flesh, and they keep for several months after picking. Direct sow squash seeds in late May for September harvests!

Sign Up for Our Gardening Classes

West Coast Seeds’ retail store is equipped with a 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.

Our classes are finished for the spring of 2012. We would like to extend our thanks to Brian Campbell and the other instructors who ran the classes. Special thanks also to those of you who attended the classes. Hopefully we’ll see more of you soon.

The fall/winter schedule will be posted shortly. Classes resume in September.

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