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The CVGSS Logo, stylized hand holding a plant, blue flower with yellow centre, also looks like sun in the sky

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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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)

Newsletter 2012-11

The CVGSS Logo, stylized hand holding a plant, blue flower with yellow centre, also looks like sun in the sky

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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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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2013 Sponsor Benefits for ‘Sow a Seed: Grow a Gardener”

The work of promoting seed-saving is largely carried out by over a hundred enthusiastic volunteers and a hard-working volunteer Board of Directors.

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Seedy Saturday Vendor Info – 2013

Exhibitor Application: TERMS & CONDITIONS SEEDY SATURDAY 2013 HOURS & LOCATION Saturday March 1, 2013. Open to the public from 10 am – 3 pm Upper level conference hall of Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay, BC GENERAL RULES & CONDITIONS Participation in previous Seedy Saturdays does not guarantee acceptance for Seedy Saturday 2014. …

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Garlic planted Oct 20

Some pictures of the garlic we bought from Lucie Desjarlais at the CSWM Composting Centre.  Later we planted dwarf white clover between the rows.  As a mulch for the winter, we recently covered it with sheep’s wool (courtesy of Anna and Nick Guthrie).     .

The Book: How to Save Your Own Seeds, 5th edition

How to Save Your Own Seeds, 5th edition   Written by gardeners, for gardeners, this is a manual for home seed savers as well as small-scale commercial growers. Whether you are learning to save rare heirloom varieties, discovering how to save money by growing your own seeds, or simply interested in learning more about the …

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Tatiana’s Tomato Base

At the recent BC Seeds Gathering, our CVGSS attendees were delighted to meet Tatiana Kouchnareva, who maintains the website Tatiana’s TOMATObase – Heritage Tomatoes This is an absolutely fabulous resource for heirloom seeds and a wealth of information. They received two packets of seeds:  Russian Bogatyr and Odessa tomato seeds.  (In return, we later sent her some Stupice …

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Planting Green Manure

A short video of Dianne planting green manure on the south side of the house.  The weeds were germinating, so why not some clover instead?!