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Time to switch gears in the garden to fall mode

Saving rain water now a good idea for next summer’s drought

  • Sep 30, 2021

 

Sandpiper Gardens & Glass is an iconic Chemainus business. (Photo by Don Bodger)

End of October the end of the line for garden portion of Sandpiper Gardens & Glass

Gunnell Borge decides to slow down, but family keeping property

 

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Crops grow just as well in the fall as spring

Good time for second round of spinach, Swiss chard, broccoli and kale

  • Aug 27, 2021

 

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Water conservation important during these dry conditions

Communities in Bloom looking for more help with weeding sessions

  • Aug 13, 2021
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Butchart Gardens - Handout

Creating the Japanese Garden

A place to think, meditate and be at peace

  • Aug 11, 2021
Butchart Gardens - Handout
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Gardening tips for the start of the summer season

Different coloured big leaf hydrangeas indicate the PH levels of soil

  • Jun 26, 2021
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Magic touches by the group of Mona Empey, between Lauren and Geoff Haszard, adds to the beautiful colours of freshly-planted flowers at the Henry Road roundabout. (Photo by Pete Cavanaugh)

Colourful flowers brighten the entrance into Chemainus

Volunteers hard at work for planting extravaganza

Magic touches by the group of Mona Empey, between Lauren and Geoff Haszard, adds to the beautiful colours of freshly-planted flowers at the Henry Road roundabout. (Photo by Pete Cavanaugh)
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Burst of colour coming to town

Communities In Bloom members doing the big plant Friday and Saturday

  • May 27, 2021
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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

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)
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All general plantings of flowers, veggies and new perennials take place in May

A regular report from Communities In Bloom

  • May 7, 2021
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Can you dig it? Crofton In Bloom volunteers certainly can. From left: Trayci Lepp, Tony Lamley, Bonnie Lamley, Mary Patient and Jane Grueber. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Community pride grows from volunteer group’s beautification efforts

All ages contribute to Crofton In Bloom’s objectives

Can you dig it? Crofton In Bloom volunteers certainly can. From left: Trayci Lepp, Tony Lamley, Bonnie Lamley, Mary Patient and Jane Grueber. (Photo by Don Bodger)
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)
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March showers bringing April flowers

Feed fast-growing lawns a little but often

  • Mar 26, 2021
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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)
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Signs of spring are closing in around us

Chemainus Communities In Bloom provides gardening tips for March 2021

  • Mar 5, 2021
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Crocus flowers a symbol of hope

We Dig Chemainus February 2021

  • Jan 28, 2021
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Chemainus Communities In Bloom adopt-a-beds are located all around town. This one near the post office is still in pretty good shape, considering the time of the year. (Photo by Don Bodger)

It bears repeating to decorate for the holidays

Spray paint pine cones and arrange in a bowl for a coffee table centre

  • Nov 26, 2020
Chemainus Communities In Bloom adopt-a-beds are located all around town. This one near the post office is still in pretty good shape, considering the time of the year. (Photo by Don Bodger)