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Date registered: 2012/08/20

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Dec 29 2012

CVGSS Monthly Meeting Jan 3rd @ 7 p.m.

This month’s presentation will be given by two of our own board members, John Blyth and Alan Goodacre, supplemented with notes from Moss Dance.  The topic is [important]Monthly Meeting Jan 3rd @ 7 p.m. BC Seeds Gathering 2012[/important] John, Alan and Moss have prepared a powerpoint presentation which highlights their experiences at the BC Seeds …

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Dec 19 2012

Islolation Distances by Nick Guthrie

[important] From the February 2008 Newsletter [/important]   One part of our mandate in CVGSS is to exchange vegetable seeds which breed “true”, that is, will go from plant to seed to plant giving a reliable production of the same features for generations to come. Of course, in any oneseed envelope there will be small and …

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Dec 09 2012

Winter Gardening with Lucie Desjarlais

[important]From the 2008-02 Newsletter[/important] Winter gardening is both a passion and a challenge. It is also part of the future of food for us in the Comox Valley as we shift to local sustainably grown crops. Nothing, nothing can compare to picking greens from the garden minutes before being eating the raw salad. Not only …

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Dec 09 2012

Featured Edible: Wild Winter Greens – Chickweed

[important]From the 2008-02 Newsletter[/important] Chickweed (Stellaria media) Is a crunchy member of the pink family that thrives during our mild coastal winters. One tiny plant can produce 20,000 seeds, but if this weed is hard to beat, at least it’s good to eat. HABITAT: Look for chickweed in lawns and garden beds that have been abandoned …

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Dec 04 2012

Gardens of Destiny with Dan Jason

[important]From the CVGSS Newsletter, February 2008[/important] The good news is that we can focus on the good news. The knowledge of how to grow sustainably already  exists. It can be tapped into and enhanced in myriad ways. Around the world people are feeling and thinking that it is time to create the world we want rather than to …

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Dec 04 2012

Fruit Tree TLC

[important]From the 2008-02 Newsletter[/important] Want beautiful fruit this fall? Half the battle is won before budbreak in the spring. Mulch trees with kelp, and keep a well around the base of the tree empty to prevent rot. Don’t over fertilize with nitrogen or you’ll get lots of growth and less fruit. Spray dormant oil on a sunny day with no wind when fair weather is forecast for …

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Dec 04 2012

Archived newsletters

Here are some links to the newsletters we have in the website’s library.  They are in .pdf form.  Please note:  this post is being updated from time to time.  If you don’t see what you are looking for, send us a comment! – Thanks CVGSS Newsletter 2008-02.pdf CVGSS Newsletter 2008-05.pdf CVGSS Newsletter 2008-08.pdf CVGSS Newsletter …

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Dec 03 2012

Biochar: Good for your garden AND your carbon footprint!

The unique ingredient in Terra Preta, biochar improves soil health in the same way that compost does.  In our rain-soaked climate we need to give our soil the ability to hang on to its nutrients.  This article is worth a read. Biochar: Good for your garden AND your carbon footprint! By Darius Van d’Rhys (darius)

Nov 28 2012

Newsletter 2012-11

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR – SUSAN HOLVENSTOT   We enter the dark of the year, time of rain and storm, time of wood stoves and rubber boots. Hopefully your gardens are mostly put to bed, the over-wintering plants tucked in with mulch, and maybe plastic ‘cloche’ protection. Many of us will be continuing the harvest …

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Nov 27 2012

Thimbleberry Soda from Amara Farm

This is a 2 step process that requires making a shredded ginger “bug” or starter. Then, you make a syrup using 4 L water, 2 cups of sugar & any flavoring ( 1 cup thimbleberry this time). Syrup needs to boil & then cool overnight, add about 1/4 cup of “bug” into each jar & …

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