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Creating the Japanese Garden

A place to think, meditate and be at peace

  • Aug 11, 2021

 

Potatoes have two genetic centre of origins, one from the lowlands in Chile and the other from the highlands in Bolivia. The highlands potatoes flower and produce fruit profusely, which is where the seeds come from. They contribute to exciting and ecologically imporant genetic diversity of potatoes. (Submitted/Fiona Hamersley Chambers)

Vancouver Island farmer shares secret for inventing a new potato

Using seeds anyone can name their own variety

 

HAAHUUPAYAK GROWS GARDENERS
Arianna Watts plants flower seeds in one of the new garden beds at Haahuupayak School. Read more about the school’s new garden program on page A5. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Haahuupayak students grow their own garden

New gardening program funded by federal grant for food sovereignty

 

A native-to-B.C. wild queen bee (bombus melanopygus for those in the know) feeds on a periwinkle flower. (Submitted/Sarah Johnson, Native Bee Society of BC)

B.C.’s wild bees need messy gardens to survive

The year-long nesting period makes habitat a primary concern for wild bees

A native-to-B.C. wild queen bee (bombus melanopygus for those in the know) feeds on a periwinkle flower. (Submitted/Sarah Johnson, Native Bee Society of BC)
B.C. beekeepers will face extra supply challenges this year thanks to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. bee supply threatened this year by wasps, COVID

No, bees aren’t getting COVID, it’s the supply chain that’s been disrupted

B.C. beekeepers will face extra supply challenges this year thanks to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. (Black Press Media file photo)
Gordon Cyr and his family run Bee Canadian have been raising mason bees for 20 years and provide homeowners across the Island with pollinators every spring. (Black Press Media file photo)

Island company rents out 135,000 mason bees despite the impacts of COVID-19

Bee Canadian delivers pollinators to renters in pandemic-friendly fashion

Gordon Cyr and his family run Bee Canadian have been raising mason bees for 20 years and provide homeowners across the Island with pollinators every spring. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Uptown Urban Farming Collective, which is organizing the Alberni Valley’s online Seedy Saturday for 2021, includes Mike Youds, Theresa Szymanis, Stephen Fisher-Bradley, Jen Fisher-Bradley, Colleen Leary and Bob Leary. (PHOTO COURTESY MIKE YOUDS)

Alberni Valley Seedy Saturday goes online for 2021

Many of the same vendors can be found online, but ambience isn’t the same

The Uptown Urban Farming Collective, which is organizing the Alberni Valley’s online Seedy Saturday for 2021, includes Mike Youds, Theresa Szymanis, Stephen Fisher-Bradley, Jen Fisher-Bradley, Colleen Leary and Bob Leary. (PHOTO COURTESY MIKE YOUDS)
Gardeners are preparing for the second spring during COVID-19. Business is already picking up at some Greater Victoria nurseries, including Elk Lake Garden Centre. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Vancouver Island garden centres preparing for busy season

Businesses stocking up after last year’s COVID-19 pandemic gardening explosion

  • Mar 24, 2021
Gardeners are preparing for the second spring during COVID-19. Business is already picking up at some Greater Victoria nurseries, including Elk Lake Garden Centre. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Dorothee Kieser, president of the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association and a volunteer at Milner Gardens and Woodland in Qualicum Beach (Submitted photo)

Podcast: Getting your green thumb ready for Vancouver Island’s gardening season

Timely tips from Dorothee Kieser of the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association

Dorothee Kieser, president of the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association and a volunteer at Milner Gardens and Woodland in Qualicum Beach (Submitted photo)
A new West Coast Seeds pollinator mix of cosmos pays tribute to Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Submitted photo/ We Are The Northern)

New blend by West Coast Seeds to bloom in Dr. Bonnie Henry’s name

Cosmo blend designed to attract bees, and marketed with tagline ‘Bee Calm, Bee Kind, Bee Safe’

A new West Coast Seeds pollinator mix of cosmos pays tribute to Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Submitted photo/ We Are The Northern)
Gay Bell, left, and Michelle Kalve, two residents of High View Apartments on 14th Avenue, take care of a number of garden boxes that the building’s owners donated. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Residents, landlords in Port Alberni complex team up to find gardening solution

Affordable housing complex plants garden boxes to keep residents in fresh vegetables

Gay Bell, left, and Michelle Kalve, two residents of High View Apartments on 14th Avenue, take care of a number of garden boxes that the building’s owners donated. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Spirit Square Farm Market in Port Alberni will open its 2020 season on May 2 with food-only vendors and social distancing measures in place due to COVID-19. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)

Seed money helps Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District ‘garden packs’ grow

Groups partner to promote local growing, food security on Vancouver Island

  • Apr 29, 2020
Spirit Square Farm Market in Port Alberni will open its 2020 season on May 2 with food-only vendors and social distancing measures in place due to COVID-19. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes proudly shows off his rented mason bee colony. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich mayor receives his foster bees through pollinator rental program

‘I feel like I’m an adoptive father,’ Fred Haynes says of his rented mason bee colony

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes proudly shows off his rented mason bee colony. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Plants, pots and other pretty things at Old Farm Garden Centre

Plants, pots and other pretty things at Old Farm Garden Centre

Buying business included a steep learning curve for owner Robin Knox

  • Jun 24, 2019
Plants, pots and other pretty things at Old Farm Garden Centre