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MGABC Provincial IPM POLICY on Promoting Plant Health

The Master Gardeners Association of BC supports an IPM approach and environmentally responsible use of pesticides.  Changes are coming July 2016  This means that you should only consider the use of the least toxic chemicals after all non-chemical alternatives have been used. ...

11/15/2013 - 17:00 in Vancouver | Read more
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HOW TO SUBMIT PLANT SAMPLES for diagnosis

. Please click on the PDF for more info  BC Ministry of Agriculture: New Factsheet: How to Submit Plant Samples for Diagnosis The new ‘How to Submit Plant Samples for Diagnosis’ Factsheet is now available on the BC Ministry of Agriculture's website at:http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/...

11/12/2013 - 12:12 in MGABC | Read more
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GERMINATION TEST for Seeds

How to do a Germination Test on Seeds If you have saved seeds from your own garden, or been given some seeds from another's, you may wish to check to see if the seeds are still viable before you plant them.  A simple germination test will give you the answer.  Here's how to do...

11/11/2013 - 09:58 in Thompson Shuswap | Read more
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OVERWINTERING ZONAL GERANIUMS

JEAN’S TIPS ON OVERWINTERING GERANIUMS These tips are provided by Jean Dangerfield.  They are her personal experiences with over wintering geraniums.  Geraniums are easy to over-winter.  I start at the end of September or up to mid October, removing my geraniums from their...

11/11/2013 - 08:43 in Okanagan | Read more
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GROWING CLEMATIS FOR BEGINNERS

Clematis plants are very floriferous, come in a wide variety of colours and love our climate. Clematis make a beautiful display whether they sprawl along the ground, are planted against frames, grow up into trees, climb over archways, pergolas, or fences, while smaller varieties...

07/06/2013 - 02:01 in Okanagan | Read more
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2012 WEATHER SUMMARY for South Coastal BC

2012 Weather Summary for South Coastal B.C.                                    So, herewith some of the records we’ve challenged or broken in the last few years (records began at the Vancouver Airport in 1937). 2009-2010 was the warmest winter ever. 2009-10 warmest winter and...

05/06/2013 - 06:19 in Vancouver | Read more
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EASY CARE ROSES

Roses have a reputation for being demanding plants to grow well. Read on to learn what make the difference between a happy plant and a miserable one.

04/08/2013 - 09:16 in MGABC | Read more
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FRUIT PESTS: Spotted Wing Drosophila & Apple maggot

An excerpt from Linda Gilkeson's latest bulletin: It is now more important than ever for gardeners to have access to durable insect netting to protect against two, quite nasty, fruit pests that are now established in the region: Spotted wing Drosophila (a species of vinegar fly...

02/05/2013 - 11:13 in MGABC | Read more
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INVASIVE SPECIES WATCH: Orange Hawkweed

Hawkweeds (Hieracium spp.) are perennial plants with 14 non-native species recorded in BC, and are difficult to identify among the 8 native hawkweed species. One of the 14 non-native species, orange hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum) is currently the only hawkweed considered...

02/05/2013 - 11:07 in MGABC | Read more
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PEST WATCH - Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.   This pest is currently not present in B.C. and growers and homeowners are asked to report any suspect brown marmorated stink bug to the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture offices or contacts in PDFs below: We are concerned about this insect, as it poses...

11/28/2012 - 10:17 | Read more
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WINTER VEGETABLES - Printable PDFs

Jo-Ann Canning, a long time Vancouver Master Gardener, has provided several Overviews for Winter Vegetables categories: 1) 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...

11/28/2012 - 03:50 | Read more
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WORKING WELL - TIPS FOR GARDEN CLEAN UP

WORKING WELL - TIPS FOR GARDEN CLEAN UP Raking- ergonomic handles (which are available to attach to your rake) help you stay more upright.  Move weight from one foot to the other, using legs rather than the back.  Intersperse with other jobs to avoid fatigue.  While standing,...

11/04/2012 - 14:07 in Okanagan | Read more
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Seed Tapes

     How to Make Seed Tapes     You will need:  seed, ziploc bags, paper towels cut in 1 1/2" - 2" strips folded in half.     Squeeze bottle, food colouring, 1 tbsp cornstarch, 1 c. water Step 1:    Prepare glue:  Dissolve cornstarch in water over medium heat until mixture boils...

06/09/2012 - 07:14 in Thompson Shuswap | Read more
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2011 WEATHER SUMMARY for South Coastal B.C.

The following records are for the Vancouver Airport unless otherwise noted. Vancouver airport records started in 1937. January 2011 – very wet, but no record set There was record-breaking cold in late February, 2011.  On February 25, we had a record low of -8.1˚C (previous...

03/26/2012 - 05:52 in Vancouver | Read more
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AFRICAN VIOLETS

JEAN'S TIPS ON HOW TO GROW BEAUTIFUL HEALTHY AFRICAN VIOLETS: A) How African Violets are potted is important: Put them in a pot with holes in the bottom - plain 4 inch nursery pots for small violets.  Use good commercial African violet soil. Make sure they can breathe. Place the...

02/18/2012 - 08:25 in Okanagan | Read more
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Plant Speak: THE YELLOW LEAF

Master Gardeners answer a lot of questions of the “what’s wrong with my …” variety.  A typical exchange begins “My Hosta leaves are yellow.  What can I do?” The first step is to understand basic plant chemistry, in this case photosynthesis, which is how plants turn the sun’s...

02/09/2012 - 16:49 in Victoria | Read more
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BOXWOOD BLIGHT found in B.C.

Boxwood Blight Update: 2015: Boxwood Blight moves quickly, it can be spread on your shoes or pruners. It is favoured by warm moist weather. What to look for: Distinct Leaf Spots: Orange or dark margins with a yellow halo Defoliation Volutella Blight ( not to be confused with...

01/09/2012 - 04:30 in Vancouver | Read more
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WINTER VEGETABLES - A Wealth of Information

Jo-Ann Canning, a long time Vancouver Master Gardener, has provided several Overviews for Winter Vegetables categories: 1) Greens, 2) Brassicas, and 3) Roots.  In addition, there are a number of specific winter vegetable Resource pages provided by both Jo-Ann, as well as...

11/29/2011 - 08:25 in MGABC | Read more
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Leaves: Love 'em, don't lose 'em

~ Raking in Nature’s Bounty ~ Tree roots penetrate through top soil and deep into subsoil taking up valuable mineral nutrients through their roots and storing them in their leaves, which fall to the ground and decay, completing one of nature’s most important cycles. Pound for...

11/04/2011 - 12:21 in Vancouver | Read more
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Growing Your Own Garlic - it's time!

It's that time of the year to be planting garlic cloves to harvest big bulbs next summer.  Click on the attached pdf for complete instructions. A little note: Garlic is good for what ails you! Did you know that the longer garlic is cooked, the milder the flavour? So for the...

10/31/2011 - 08:54 in MGABC | Read more
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News & Tips

Can I continue to compost in the winter? If so, what can I add to the pile? Yes, although the process will be somewhat slower, the worms and microorganisms are still active and working in the cold. Left over garden debris like small twigs and leaves make good additions. Be sure...

08/22/2011 - 11:19 in Vancouver | Read more
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Master Gardener FACT SHEETS

These Fact Sheets are provided by the Master Gardener Association of BC for your reference use. ** Please note the website referenced on these Fact Sheets is no longer in use.  The current website for Master Gardeners Association of BC is www.mgabc.org  

08/16/2011 - 10:18 | Read more
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Pollinator Gardening

An informative pamphlet detailing what to grow to attract pollinators to your garden.  A collaborative effort by  Kamloops Master Gardeners Elaine Sedgman and Fearon Blair and the city of Kamloops.  Available in Colour or BW versions.

08/01/2011 - 06:56 in Thompson Shuswap | Read more
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Plants Toxic to Pets

There are many plants that should not be ingested by pets - here is a short list of common plants to seriously consider before using in your garden, if your pet likes chewing on leaves and seeds.  Many of these are also toxic for children.

06/06/2011 - 13:42 in Victoria | Read more
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Growing Figs in Victoria

In Victoria, figs are fairly easy to grow.  The key to success is choosing a variety that will ripen properly in our area.  Discussion includes basic requirements, cultivation, winter care, pruning (with photos) , and a list of suitable varieties.

05/16/2011 - 11:15 in Victoria | Read more

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