As cool weather turns to cold weather, it’s time to think of the many beneficial garden bird species that play such an essential role in controlling insects. Put out a new feeder for the specific kind of birds you want to attract. Choose from a variety of high quality seeds and suet cakes to provide birds with an ample food supply all winter long. In cold weather, non-migratory birds really benefit from a diet that is rich in carbohydrates and fat. Putting out a feeder and keeping it clean and filled as part of your winter routine will ensure that lots of birds visit your garden or outdoor space. A supply of fresh, clean water is also essential. A healthy population of wild birds will keep down caterpillars, aphids, and other insect pests – and control the plant viruses these insects can spread.
Eco-Reality Co-Op on Saltspring Island
The following workshops are offered in the spirit of self-sufficiency and sustainability. Email Jan Steinman to register or phone (250) 653-2024. Note that the cheese making class usually fills up fast, so register early! Classes run 5 hours each.
Sunday, October 30th, 10am –
Canning & Preserving Workshop I: Water Bath Canning ($35.00)
Sunday, November 6th, 10am –
Canning & Preserving Workshop II: Pressure Canning ($35.00)
The World in a Garden & Farm Folk City Folk present: A Plan Bee Event!
Thursday, November 10th, 7-9:30pm at the Ridge Theatre, 3131 W. Arbutus Street, Vancouver. Join us for a screening of the award winning film Queen of the Sun
. Upon arriving, guests will be offered food and drink and given an opportunity to speak with community groups who are working with bees and pollinator conservation. Then the movie starts at 8pm sharp! Tickets are $29.00, with proceeds going to The World in a Garden and Farm Folk City Folk. See the trailer here.
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!
|A chill in the air!|
Halloween is nearly here, the veggie beds have all been planted with oats and broad beans, and the days are beginning to feel shorter. At West Coast Seeds, we are already preparing for the upcoming season, and putting the final details into our 2012 Gardening Guide. This is due to go to press shortly, so be sure you’re on our mailing list!
West Coast Seeds now also offers Gift Cards! They’re the perfect gift for the gardener who’s tough to buy for, and they can be redeemed in our retail store, on-line, or even by phone! Available in the amount that suits your budget!
Sprout indoors for winter greens!
Grow nutritious sprouts all winter long on your kitchen counter. It’s fast, easy, healthy, and very economical. Sprouts are a great way of adding fresh, flavourful, and very local vegetables to your diet. High in vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants, sprouts are some of the most nutritious of all foods!
There’s still time to plant fall garlic for harvesting next summer.
Why leave your garden empty all winter when you can grow your own garlic? We still have stock of Red Russian, Musica, and Purple Softneck. Make sure to get it in the ground before November 7th!
November In-Store Special!
Our retail store on Elliott Street in Ladner Village is about the only place you can see our full selection of seeds all at once. Come by between November 1st and 15th to take advantage of our annual Two for One sale!
All ‘A’ sized packets on special – in-store only, no reservations! Seeds make great stocking stuffers!
|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.
Sunday January 15th, 2012, 1-3pm:
Getting Started with Mason Bees
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
Full list of future West Coast Seeds Gardening Classes here.