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Your guide to spring plant sales | Vancouver Sun

Your guide to spring plant sales | Vancouver Sun | Common Sense Gardening | Scoop.it
Dozens of gardens clubs all over B.C. are busy at the moment preparing for their annual plant sales. It’s a big deal. It’s how clubs raise money for their programs and charity activities and other community projects.
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This is great info, for those who live on the lower mainland or are willing to part with a chunk of dough (that could otherwise be spent on plants) for the ferry trip.  For those of us who live and garden on Vancouver Island check out the Victoria Horticultural Society's event details page at http://vichortsociety.org/event-details/

Plenty of Vancouver Island plant sales listed here, along with other 'hort-events'!

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Growing Food in the Northwest Territories

Growing Food in the Northwest Territories | Common Sense Gardening | Scoop.it
Doug Whiteman is a subarctic potato farmer who battles permafrost year-round, lives about 140 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle, and over the past seven years has gone from coaxing 300 pounds to 30,000 pounds of potatoes out of his stubborn land.
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These folks up north are working to address their issues with food security and the ridiculous cost of obtaining fresh food where they live.  It's inspiring to see their efforts 'bear fruit' in such a hostile environment and begs the question; Why aren't people who live in more hospitable climates doing more to produce at least some of their own food? 

 

Perhaps as the cost of food rises (as we are all warned it will continue to do) more people will be convinced of the benefits of vegetable gardening and small scale farming.  These benefits go far beyond simply getting fresh, tasty food.

 

Caring for a garden, chickens and other livestock provides fresh air and excercise, the opportunity to teach your children life lessons and create and build communities that share with and care for each other.

 

The comments at the end of this article are interesting, I wonder how many of those spewing vitriol over the idea of gardening in the north know anything about gardening at all - it sure doesn't seem like they do.  They seem to think that the north is a frozen wasteland and dark all year, when in fact their summer growing season, although short, can be very productive because of the long daylight hours. 

 

 

 

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I'm So Excited...

I'm So Excited... | Common Sense Gardening | Scoop.it
B.C. Greenhouse Builders offers the largest selection of greenhouses and is the leading manufacturer of quality built hobby greenhouse kits and custom greenhouses.
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So excited to be on the verge of buying my dream greenhouse from BC Greenhouse Builders!  My little 6' by 8' just isn't cutting it anymore so I'm moving up!

 

These sturdy, aluminum frame greenhouses come in array of configurations, sizes and materials.  I'm choosing 12' by 16' twinwall polycarbonate and plan to build a 12' by 8' shed off of one end.  I'll run a water line and electricity from the house and my family might never see me again!  Just kidding... sort of!

 

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How to Clean and Maintain Your Tools | bcliving

How to Clean and Maintain Your Tools | bcliving | Common Sense Gardening | Scoop.it
By properly cleaning and maintaining your garden tools, you'll add to their longevity and save money in the long run.
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Every winter I resolve to do this, yet every spring I'm pulling out rusty tools,  with clumps of last years muck cemented on blades, tines and handles!  Maybe this winter I will find the time to treat my tools properly...

 

On the other hand, good quality tools do bear up well despite my shoddy treatment.  I remember finding a pair of Felco pruners while sifting compost a few years back.  They must have been in there at least a year and were caked in rust, but I managed to remove, well, most of it and today I'm still using those pruners!

 

Maintain your tools if you can, but at least spring for  good quality implements - they last.

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Catalpa bignonioides ‘Aurea’ Revisited

Catalpa bignonioides ‘Aurea’ Revisited | Common Sense Gardening | Scoop.it

I wrote this post about my Golden Catalpa tree in June of 2011.  It's still one of my favourite trees and has grown astonishingly well.  It seems to want to go sideways rather than up, and I have already had to prune it several times to keep it from burying the plants beside it.  This year it began to encroach on the lawn with head-high branches.  My husband got tired of being smacked in the head as he mowed so we've had to chop those off!

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Help me choose a new red primocane raspberry

I'd like to add another red primocane bearing raspberry to my garden next year.  A little online research brought me to this review.  Hmmmm, which one should I choose, and which ones will I be able to source? I already have Autumn Bliss and Anne.  Anybody have an opinion?

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My old stomping grounds and where I learned the magic of growing. Visit Saanich for your fix of bucolic beauty and a load of fresh veggies!

My old stomping grounds and where I learned the magic of growing. Visit Saanich for your fix of bucolic beauty and a load of fresh veggies! | Common Sense Gardening | Scoop.it
"Take a bite out of that," said Bob, "and tell me what you think. Is that not the best orange you have ever tasted?
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Spring Chicks - Uh-oh, someone had better stop me!!

Spring Chicks  - Uh-oh, someone had better stop me!! | Common Sense Gardening | Scoop.it
Or pick up at Fanny Bay location.

Red Rocks and Cinnamon Queens are all sexed female.

Buff Orpingtons and various mixed breeds are unsexed.

Various ages. Pricing as per age of chick starti
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It must be Spring... I've been cruising the classified ads, looking at chicks I don't need - or even have room for.  But I want them, I want more chickens, it's an addiction.  I need poultry anonymous!

 

Maybe I need a bigger coop...

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Heuchera and Heucherella - With Foliage This Brilliant, Who Needs Blooms?

Heuchera and Heucherella - With Foliage This Brilliant, Who Needs Blooms? | Common Sense Gardening | Scoop.it
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Yet they do produce flowers as well!  I have several heuchera and heucherella in my garden but I should really add a few more, because they're bomb-proof and beautiful.  The only drawback is that deer love them, one year they climbed the steps to devour some heuchera I was growing in a planter at my front door.  Now they've been relocated to my fenced back yard!

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Wow! Are they really blaming gardening shows for some peoples' poor habits?

Wow!  Are they really blaming gardening shows for some peoples' poor habits? | Common Sense Gardening | Scoop.it
Shows such as Alan Titchmarsh's Love Your Garden are blamed for the increasing number of allotments left unkempt and decade-long waiting time for tenancies.
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I'm sure there are many reasons why ones allotment garden goes to wrack and ruin, but I don't think you can lay blame at the feet of hosts or producers of television gardening shows.  How about if the lazy people who neglect their plots take responsibility for the mess?  If they can't keep the weeds down (to prevent them spreading to adjoining plots) and maintain basic garden hygiene, there should be a mechanism of warnings followed by the loss of the allotment - it's pretty simple!  Just basic common sense...

 

I wonder if this is a problem on this side of the pond?  Never having had an allotment garden, I've no experience with them.  The ones I've passed by have all seemed to be fairly tidy!  All I know about them is that demand has outstripped supply in many communities and I occasionally read about new allotments being established to try and answer the demand.  They are certainly a boon for those with no access to a garden of their own.

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Steve Whysall's year in the garden

Steve Whysall's year in the garden | Common Sense Gardening | Scoop.it

Steve has had trouble with his plumbago.  Mine blooms well, in full sun and contained in a small ceramic pot.

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A Good Idea, But...

A Good Idea, But... | Common Sense Gardening | Scoop.it

 

It sounds like a good idea, but taking photos of invasive plants and expecting someone to come and uproot them seems ridiculous!  If you drive along the freeway near my home you'll see that there is more Scotch broom growing on the median and  roadsides than anything else.  There's no way that we could fund the amount of invasive plant removal that's required; better to take the matter into your own hands as the author describes doing herself.

 

Maybe I'll go and take a few (thousand) photos of invasive plants and see how long it takes for the cleanup crew to show...

 

Hmmm, when I follow the link to the Invasive Alien Plant Program site, it informs me that my 'alien plant report' will be sent to a  provincial Invasive Plant Specialist for my area (wonder if they're hiring) who "may then share this information with the local Weed Committee Coordinator so that the agency/land owner responsible for the infestation can be notified".

 

I'm sure the agency or landowner will come rushing out to clean up the blackberries, broom or butterfly bush!  Excuse my cynicism, but I think we would do better to organize local groups of citizens to combat invasive alien plants.  There are folks in my community who host regular 'broom bashes'

 

I can't help but think that the funds directed to setting up Report-a-Weed could have been better spent supporting groups that are already doing this work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The very best thing about narcissus in my garden is... deer don't eat them! Well, smart deer don't eat them, sometimes fawns will give them a try.

The very best thing about narcissus in my garden is... deer don't eat them!  Well, smart deer don't eat them, sometimes fawns will give them a try. | Common Sense Gardening | Scoop.it
Why plant dozens of different varieties of narcissus this fall? Well, apart from the beauty they bring to the garden in spring, they give you the most fantastic indoor bouquets.
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Winter's on the way, time to bring in your tender plants!

Winter's on the way, time to bring in your tender plants! | Common Sense Gardening | Scoop.it
Some plants won't survive outside once temperatures begin to drop, so here are some tips for keeping plants healthy as you move them indoors.
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