Category: Gardening tips

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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Diversity is healthy

Red Orach, Russian Red Kale. bronze fennel and camomile

Diversity is healthy. Diversity is good for the soil, good for the plants and good for us. The June garden is a tapestry of colours and a great variety of above and below ground edibles. The leafy greens (and reds) include various lettuces from green to speckled to deep crimson red, kales, both purple and …

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Music for gardening to

Do you like farming AND good music ? (at least I think it’s good)   Click on these YouTube links have a listen, then step away from your computer, put down your smart phone and go do some gardening (that’s a “gardening tip”). Joe’s Polytunnel :  Polytunnel is British for polyethylene covered greenhouse. Take a …

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Lettuce – Val d’Orge

a young lettuce plant in a 3 inch pot, ready for the plant sale

The Val d’Orge lettuce is a winter variety of butter lettuce.  The seeds came from Thierry Vrain of Innisfree Farm, who gives the provenance as Baumaux, France. “You plant early to collect seeds in September, and you plant late to eat them in the spring.” – Thierry Vrain Plan to collect some seeds from this …

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Trap Wire Worms! Patty Rose on YouTube

Patty will be our next speaker at the April 4th monthly meeting.  More details to follow.  Stay tuned!

OPEN vs. HYBRID PLANTS vs. GMO (or GE) PLANTS, by Nick Guthrie

Nick standing in front of a scarlet runner bean covered arch

One of our goals in CVGSS is to share vegetable seeds among us which breed “true”, that is, will go from seed-to-plant-to-seed giving reliable production of the same features for planted generations to come. In the plants coming from the seeds in any one CVCGSS envelope, there will be small but acceptable variations in size …

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Lettuce Grow! – Upcoming Workshops

New Workshops for Winter 2013! Learn about food, gardening and farming at North Island College, Campbell River location. There is limited space for each workshop and some SOLD OUT last term, so register soon to ensure your seat at Farming for Profit GENI-7930 Sat, Jan. 12, 10 am-4 pm $55 Join local experts Gary Rolston …

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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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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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Fruit Tree TLC

Three rosy apples on a tree, blue sky behind

[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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