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GROWING FOOD In Public Spaces - A Start up Guide

What is Public Produce? The term “Public Produce” refers to edible plants such as fruit and nut bearing trees and shrubs as well as vegetables and herbs that are grown in a public space and are freely accessible to the public, according to Wikipedia. Public Produce is different...

04/04/2016 - 20:00 in MGABC | Read more
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DEER! -- Oh Dear

Thank you Victoria Master Gardeners for updating this very useful list of Deer Resistant Plants which can be accessed by clicking the link here photo courtesy of Anne A. Vancouver Chapter General comments about deer-resistant plants:  • The most reliably deer-resistant plants...

03/21/2016 - 18:00 in MGABC | Read more
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CULTIVATING COMMUNITY: A Guide to Starting a Community Garden

Cultivating Community:  A Guide to Starting a Community Garden Congratulations to Shelaigh Garson, a Thompson Shuswap Master Gardener and coordinator of the City of Kamloops Community Gardens. She has written a book about starting community gardens.  A PDF copy of this book is...

03/21/2016 - 06:14 in Thompson Shuswap | Read more
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MOST COMMONLY ASKED: Clinic Questions - Answer Resources Included

A wealth of Info based on the most commonly asked questions to Vancouver Master Gardeners is contained in these pages by clicking here . Most of these answers relate to the Pacific Northwest Area 1. What plants are good for a shady area? For a sunny area? For a dry area?For a...

03/07/2016 - 16:00 in Vancouver | Read more
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Container Vegetable Gardening

The PDF file linked below is the presentation made by Dig This at the May 20th 2015 VMGA General Meeting.  Elizabeth Cull has kindly consented to posting her slides in the public space of the VMGA website. Please click the link below to access a copy of the presentation.  It is...

05/29/2015 - 10:28 in Victoria | Read more
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SPRING IPM for the SWD : Asian Fruit Fly

Spring IPM for the Asian Fruit Fly : Spotted Wing Drosophilla   Advice for this month comes directly from Agri-BC: “Anticipate SWD, plan for it, & don’t be caught off guard!” As you know from the integrated pest management training, prevention is the first line of defence...

03/13/2015 - 07:33 in Vancouver | Read more
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TOOLKIT- WHAT'S NEW FOR MGs : Important Links

Diseases Impatiens Downy Mildew Fungus :  This disease was found in BC, summer 2013- more info here Info on the pathogen and other info  here BOXWOOD BLIGHT FOUND IN BC here List of susceptable cultivars here Pests of specific crops info here Invasive Weed alerts: Daphne...

03/09/2015 - 09:52 in MGABC | Read more
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GARDENER'S SPRING PLANTING CALENDAR ~ it's never too early to plan

Jo-Ann Canning, well known Master Gardener , shares her Gardener's Spring Planting Calendar - A Week by Week Guide to Sowing Seeds just in time for this year's start.  Thanks to Harrowsmith Country Life, West Coast Seeds, and Agriculture Canada for ideas, climate data and some...

02/23/2015 - 14:40 in MGABC | Read more
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TANSY RAGWORT is a Noxious Weed - Send it Packing!

The Tansy Ragwort project was a joint project of Victoria Master Gardeners Association and The Cowichan Fair in 2014.  A PDF attached below provides additional information, including website references and more photographs. 1. WHAT is Tansy Ragwort? Tansy Ragwort (Senecio...

01/16/2015 - 14:19 in Victoria | Read more
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SIX TIPS FOR EVALUATING GARDENING APPS - for your smart phone or tablet

If you have a smart phone or tablet, there is bewildering array of gardening related apps available in the Apple or Google app stores.   If you search for the word plant the top choice will undoubtedly be Plants versus Zombies – an addictive game but probably not what you were...

09/25/2014 - 07:39 in Vancouver | Read more
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GARLIC: Fall Planting - Summer Harvest

It's not too late!Choosing the right bulb for planting Ideally, begin with organically-grown garlic from B.C. This is easily found at farmer’s markets and at fine food stores that stock organic produce. Select bulbs with large cloves—a larger-sized clove will grow a bigger plant...

09/22/2014 - 06:59 | Read more
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PROTECTING BC POTATOES : Potato Disease Info

What Gardeners Can Do to Prevent the Spread of Harmful Potato Pests Late blight : our # 1 concern! What is Late Blight? •Late blight is caused by a fungal-like organism( Phytophthora infestans), which affects solanaceous crops, a plant family that includes potatoes, tomatoes,...

05/12/2014 - 09:21 in MGABC | Read more
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NATURAL PEST MANAGEMENT

Learn to support beneficial insects by not using insecticides in your garden. Even the least toxic pesticides, such as soap, will kill beneficials. This fact sheet has been scanned from the original so while some visual quality has been lost the advice is still excellent and ...

03/13/2014 - 13:04 in MGABC | Read more
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GROW ME INSTEAD - Learn about Invasives & better Alternatives

Grow Me Instead is an excellent resource for those looking for alternatives to common Invasive Plants - such as Invasive Daphne laureola pictured above. The booklet prepared by the Invasive Species Council,  may be downloaded to smart phones or tablets by clicking the link here...

02/24/2014 - 13:36 in MGABC | Read more
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LINKS - MORE RESOURCES GARDENS & CLUBS

Public Gardens Bloedel Conservatory British Columbia’s Gardens (Public & commercial gardens around Vancouver & Victoria) Darts Hill Garden Park GVRD Regional Parks Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden Glendale Gardens & Woodland (Horticulture Centre...

02/16/2014 - 17:00 in Vancouver | Read more
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A DANGEROUS GARDEN THUG EXPOSED: Daphne laureola

What has shiny, evergreen leaves, fragrant yellow flowers and luscious black berries… and threatens the delicate eco-system here? Meet Daphne laureola – in fact you might even have it growing in your garden even though it is on the list of noxious, invasive plants in BC and many...

11/19/2013 - 17:00 | Read more
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PEST ALERT: SPOTTED WING DROSOPHILA and impact on all soft fruits & berries

Earlier this year we shared info on the Spotted Wing Drosophila SWD has now been reported in Powell River , Aldergrove and other areas in the Fraser Valley The Ministry of Agriculture has a wealth of information including Monitoring Reports and downloadeable PDFs for Home...

11/19/2013 - 07:42 in MGABC | Read more
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ATTRACTING POLLINATORS TO YOUR GARDEN ~

(photo courtesy of Vancouver MG Karen Bos) Supporting Bees & Beneficial Insects, Why Should We Care? An informative pamphlet detailing what to grow to attract pollinators to your garden. Learn which plants attract honey bees, native bumblebees, native solitary bees and...

11/18/2013 - 13:54 in Thompson Shuswap | Read more
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MGABC Provincial IPM POLICY on Promoting Plant Health

The Master Gardeners Association of BC supports an IPM approach and environmentally responsible use of pesticides.  Changes are coming July 2016  This means that you should only consider the use of the least toxic chemicals after all non-chemical alternatives have been used. ...

11/15/2013 - 17:00 in Vancouver | Read more
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HOW TO SUBMIT PLANT SAMPLES for diagnosis

. Please click on the PDF for more info  BC Ministry of Agriculture: New Factsheet: How to Submit Plant Samples for Diagnosis The new ‘How to Submit Plant Samples for Diagnosis’ Factsheet is now available on the BC Ministry of Agriculture's website at:http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/...

11/12/2013 - 12:12 in MGABC | Read more
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GERMINATION TEST for Seeds

How to do a Germination Test on Seeds If you have saved seeds from your own garden, or been given some seeds from another's, you may wish to check to see if the seeds are still viable before you plant them.  A simple germination test will give you the answer.  Here's how to do...

11/11/2013 - 09:58 in Thompson Shuswap | Read more
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OVERWINTERING ZONAL GERANIUMS

JEAN’S TIPS ON OVERWINTERING GERANIUMS These tips are provided by Jean Dangerfield.  They are her personal experiences with over wintering geraniums.  Geraniums are easy to over-winter.  I start at the end of September or up to mid October, removing my geraniums from their...

11/11/2013 - 08:43 in Okanagan | Read more
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GROWING CLEMATIS FOR BEGINNERS

Clematis plants are very floriferous, come in a wide variety of colours and love our climate. Clematis make a beautiful display whether they sprawl along the ground, are planted against frames, grow up into trees, climb over archways, pergolas, or fences, while smaller varieties...

07/06/2013 - 02:01 in Okanagan | Read more
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2012 WEATHER SUMMARY for South Coastal BC

2012 Weather Summary for South Coastal B.C.                                    So, herewith some of the records we’ve challenged or broken in the last few years (records began at the Vancouver Airport in 1937). 2009-2010 was the warmest winter ever. 2009-10 warmest winter and...

05/06/2013 - 06:19 in Vancouver | Read more
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EASY CARE ROSES

Roses have a reputation for being demanding plants to grow well. Read on to learn what make the difference between a happy plant and a miserable one.

04/08/2013 - 09:16 in MGABC | Read more

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