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WINTER ROOTS

Roots define the taste of winter: they are roasted, boiled, sautéed. They give 'bottom' and sweetness to soups and stews. Whereas the New World and the tropical climates have given us summer's annuals, like potato, sunchoke, and sweet potato, the winter garden's roots are all...

08/23/2011 - 17:00 in Vancouver | Read more
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WINTER GREENS

Winter greens bring variety and zest to our cold weather meals. They've been cultivated for thousands of years from Japan to Western Europe and, as the list below shows, the majority are from the Brassica genus. Most of the European greens are fully hardy in our mild coastal...

08/23/2011 - 17:00 in Vancouver | Read more
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LINKS TO BLOGS and WEBSITES

Discovering new gardening ideas or helpful information tools on the internet can assist a gardener immensely. Here are some interesting ones – please email your personal favourites to: NewsblogEditorMGABC@gmail.com MGABC DISCLAIMER Information provided on MGABC GROWING is...

08/23/2011 - 17:00 in MGABC | Read more
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3 WAYS TO GROW VEGGIES WITH EASE AND ABUNDANCE

Growing your own vegetables is a very rewarding and delicious experience! When we excitedly peruse our seed catalogues during those long dark days of winter, this is our opportunity to choose which delicious edibles will suit our gardens and families best.  However, it is easy...

08/23/2011 - 17:00 in Vancouver | Read more
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GARDEN UPDATE FROM HARRY

Dear Friends, VanDusen Botanical Garden and Master Gardeners of BC have had a long and mutually beneficial relationship. If you think of us as forming a marriage, we have produced some rather amazing offspring – perhaps most significantly, Seedy Saturday. Little Seedy has done...

08/23/2011 - 17:00 in MGABC | Read more
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STOP TREATING THE SOIL LIKE DIRT!

Ever heard the saying “Oh, I was treated like dirt!”  Well, really it should be a compliment!  If you treat your soil the way it is supposed to be treated - like a living organism - you would treat it with care, love, and respect. A good soil is alive, thriving, and teaming with...

08/23/2011 - 17:00 in MGABC | Read more
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NEW BOOKS - VanDusen Library

Here is a small sample of some of the new books that have recently been purchased for VanDusen Library’s collection. The books’ call numbers and how many copies available are listed. The Global Forest GR785 .B47 2010 (2 copies circ.) Beresford-Kroeger, Diana.  New York : Viking...

08/23/2011 - 17:00 in MGABC | Read more
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WHAT IS "INTERGENERATIONAL LEARNING"?

Ten years ago, Linda Peterat co-founded the ‘Intergenerational Landed Learning’ Program at Vancouver’s UBC Farm. When she retired to Vernon four years ago, she shared her program with those at the Okanagan Science Centre. ‘Intergenerational Learning’ is the creation of...

08/23/2011 - 17:00 in Okanagan | Read more
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WHAT ARE NATIVE PLANTS?

In the broadest sense, every plant is a native plant. That is, it co-evolved somewhere with other plant species, animals, fungi, and microbes to form a complex network of relationships. Native plants are the foundation of native ecosystems, or natural communities. Over time, a...

08/23/2011 - 17:00 in MGABC | Read more
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DIY COMPOSTER

Are you always looking for projects that are cost saving and "re-using" what is around the house? Check out this Do It Yourself (DIY) composter solution. No muss, no fuss!

08/23/2011 - 17:00 in MGABC | Read more
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1001 WEIRD FACTS FOR CANADIAN GARDENERS

The author defines "weird" as involving or suggesting the fantastic or bizarre.  With that in mind, enjoy this fact-filled compilation of Canadian gardening information, seen largely from an Eastern Canadian point of view.  It covers the development there of early varieties of...

08/23/2011 - 17:00 in Vancouver | Read more
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THOUGHTS ON CHANGE

Change, the one constant of life, is certainly true of the dynamic orchestra of plants that makeup our gardens. It can be very easy at the planning stage and beyond not to give sufficient consideration to this all important factor. Change can come in many forms from macro, as in...

08/23/2011 - 17:00 in Vancouver | Read more
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GARDENING WITH COLOUR: Creative Design Ideas for Canadian Gardens

Rob Sproule’s second book is vibrating with enthusiasm about taking container gardening ‘to the next level’. Plant combinations, called recipes, promote the elements and principles of design to make successful planting easy. This guide includes basic container recipes along with...

08/23/2011 - 17:00 in Vancouver | Read more
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NATURE COLLABORATIONS

Justin Stephenson is a Master Gardener in Training, Vancouver Chapter. He has chosen to live on Galiano Island with his family and "commute" for his real job. He has shared some of his most precious moments caught through his camera lens, of Mother Nature's world, where plants...

08/23/2011 - 17:00 in Vancouver | Read more
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COMPOSTING FOR CANADA

When I was a little guy helping my Dad on his farm I used to get stuck with some of the routine tasks around the place. One of them was to take all the organic refuse down to a large pile he kept out back and throw it on the top hoping for nature to take its course and turn the...

08/23/2011 - 17:00 in Vancouver | Read more
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TREES IN CANADA

Written by John Farrar, Trees in Canada, updates the very popular Native Trees in Canada series. The book describes 300 native and naturalized species with comprehensive descriptions and drawings or pictures of leaves, twigs, cones and seeds. The excellent quality colour...

08/23/2011 - 17:00 in Victoria | Read more
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DOG GONE FARM

My son gave me a sign he had hand carved for Christmas. “Dog Gone Farm,” it reads, in jaunty red letters (inspired by our fence jumping dog). With the sign hung proudly on the front door, it was official. We were farmers. We grow fruits and vegetables, build soil, and raise...

08/23/2011 - 17:00 in MGABC | Read more
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POPPIES AND ME

The poppy, in all its varieties, is a quite wonderful flower.  Huge and soft as a landmark blossom, or delicate and small and scattered through a field of cornflowers and daisies, even among the crosses in Flanders’ fields - the poppy gives me intense pleasure.  Many things do,...

08/23/2011 - 17:00 in Vancouver | Read more
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A JOURNAL ENTRY FROM THE PRESIDENT

As I write my first message, I am reflecting on notes jotted down in my daily journal when I was first elected to serve you beginning in January 2011. Initiate better communications with our members and the general public At our November 2010 AGM, that was one of the key issues...

08/23/2011 - 17:00 in MGABC | Read more
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GARDENING FROM THE HEART

A Tribute to Margaret Church.  In 1987, a most remarkable woman became my next door neighbour.  My first introduction to this inspiring lady was when 4 cubic feet of compost was deposited in her laneway and the neighbourhood witnessed her single-handedly carrying it to her...

08/23/2011 - 17:00 in Vancouver | Read more
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Gardener Apprenticeship: Teaching Teens in the Garden

For three Sundays in the month of April, a group of teens aged 14 to 18 years learned the basics of gardening. This program, called the Gardener’s Apprentice Basic Certificate Program, is designed to prepare high school students to be employed in gardens on the Saanich Peninsula...

08/22/2011 - 04:05 in Victoria | Read more
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Growing Gardens, Growing Minds

"the verb cultiver retains in French these two meanings: that of growing a garden and that of becoming learned" ALBERTO MANGUEL It’s a sunny, warm August morning at the Horticulture Center of the Pacific (HCP), Glendale Gardens and woodland. Sounds of excited children reach...

08/21/2011 - 12:18 in Victoria | Read more
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Grow Me Instead

A number of pretty, but very invasive, plants are taking over British Columbia's gardens, roadsides and waterways.  These harmful, non-natives are threatening our environment with their introduction and spread.  We are offering a "Grow Me Instead" list of alternative choices for...

04/26/2011 - 09:12 in Victoria | Read more

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