Category Archive: Gardening tips

Nov 02 2014

November seed savers meeting

Seed Savers discuss Garlic and Compost -Thur Nov 6 Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers (CVGSS) is hosting a wide ranging discussion for important fall gardening activities, Thur Nov 6, at Creekside Commons, starting at 7 pm. Directors Susan Holvenstot and Dianna Talbot will share their experiences with Starting an Urban Garden, and Building Fall …

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Oct 04 2014

August and October newsletter front pages.

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Jun 14 2014

More Birds and Beans

Foster Richardson, from The Birds and the Beans talked to the Seed Savers about growing Corn as a staple crop. Corn is very adaptable, especially the short tough native varieties, that also have more protein and so could be an important staple crop in spite of corn’s reputation as ‘evil’. Very tolerant to poor conditions …

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Jun 11 2014

The Birds and the Beans

  Natasha Tymo and Foster Richardson from the Birds and the Beans spoke at our 2014 AGM about growing staple crops. You may have seen them at their veggie stall at the Saturday Farmers Market.   Together with two other young people they are farming organic food crops with the idea of producing high protein …

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Jun 03 2014

Saving Kale seeds

I have two varieties of kale and want to save seeds from both of them. One has smooth, tender green leaves, the tenderest kale I have ever grown. The other is a deep purple frilly kale, rich in anthocyanins and vitamin K. To stop the from cross pollinating I cut the developing flowers off the …

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Sep 26 2013

Winnower cleans up lettuce seed – by Arzeena Hamir

Earlier this year, the Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers (CVGSS) purchased a winnower in order to make seed cleaning easier for its members and for local farmers. A number of the Board Members had seen the winnower in action at a Seed Conference last November and we were greatly impressed. I decided to take …

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Sep 16 2013

Northword article on picloram herbicide contamination in manure and compost

Here is a link to a Northword magazine article titled  “Mean Manure & Killer Compost: Grazon after-effects in the Bulkley Valley” Picloram is the active ingredient in the herbicide Picloram is the active ingredient in the herbicide http://northword.ca/features/environment/mean-manure-killer-compost-grazon-after-effects-in-the-bulkley-valley

Jul 19 2013

How to Build Healthy Soil – A presentation by Connie Kuramoto

Below is a link to the presentation given by Connie Kuramoto at the Seed Savers meeting, June 6, 2013. One highlight was the down-to-earth explanation of how organic fertilizers invigorate the soil, while synthetic fertilizers deplete soil fertility. It’s a good one. Enjoy! [important]Link to How to Build Healthy Soil[/important]

Jul 19 2013

How to Build Healthy Soil – by Connie Kuramoto

Here’s the presentation given by Connie Kuramoto at the Seed Savers meeting, June 6, 2013.  One highlight was the down-to-earth explanation of how organic fertilizers invigorate the soil, while synthetic fertilizers deplete soil fertility.  It’s a good one. Enjoy! [important]Link to How to Build Healthy Soil[/important]

Jul 18 2013

Golden Flax for the first time.

pale blue flax flowers

Growing Golden Flax. This is my first year of growing flax and I’m enchanted with this beautiful vigorous plant. I picked up the seeds at Seedy Saturday and had excellent germination. The plants grew to between 30 and 36 inches – lovely straight plants in lovely straight rows. They keep each other upright but I …

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