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Barberry Facts

A curiosity shared by all members of the barberry family is their “irritable” stamens. When touched with a pointed implement...

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Canning the harvest

My childhood home in Burnaby had a cool room in the basement, with a small square hole to the outside. I recall the room's earthy smell, and its colourful rows of preserves: jars of Bing cherries floating in garnet-red syrup,

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Return of the Barberry

Once banned in Canada, barberries are making a comeback among B.C. gardeners smitten with their stunning variety of flowers, foliage and fruit

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How Invasive Plants are Destroying our Eco-systems

“The creep of invasive alien plants across the B.C. landscape represents a disaster approaching the level of the pine beetles and last year’s forest fires,” says Cariboo regional district director and rancher Duncan Barnett. “We must address this issue. The...

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How to can tomatoes

• One-quart canning jars • Fresh tomatoes • Lemon juice • Fresh basil leaves 1. To sterilize canning jars, place in a large...

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Historical Herbs

Drying herbs gives your kitchen the ambience of a Medieval apothecary, and their botanical names hint at this ancient history. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), lavender (Lavandula officinalis) and sage (Salvia officinalis) are only three of hundreds of herbs with centuries of...

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Lovely lemon Balm

Once a stalwart of the Elizabethan garden, lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is easy to grow in your own herb patch...

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Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere

To store any early-ripening pumpkins for the Halloween celebration, simply wash them down with a damp cloth, then dry completely and place on cardboard in a very dry, cool and dark place. Most pumpkins will store for two to three...

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Pacific Willow

Weeping willow (Salix babylonica) graces many an old farmyard and can be found arching tranquilly over stream and pond in...

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Mix Fall Slow-Feed Tree Fertilizer

The focus of this feeding is to improve the plant's winter hardiness and develop a strong root system - you are not trying to encourage new top growth that may be damaged by the cold season. This low-nitrogen recipe is...

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Cook Fresh Herb Roasted Potatoes

• 6 medium-sized potatoes, any kind or a mixture (recommended are Russian Blue, Banana Fingerling or Yukon Gold) • 1 tsp. (5 mL) fresh rosemary • 1 tsp. (5 mL) fresh tarragon • 1 tsp. (5 mL) fresh savoury • 1 tsp. (5 mL)...

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Create Leaf Mould & Leaf Mould Tea

... and shields it from rain compaction and erosion, while also protecting plant root zones. • Fallen leaves - any...

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Edible Plants

Shrubs, trees and large perennials are vital in our landscapes, providing us with privacy, shelter for wildlife, colour, texture and...

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8 Great Late Bloomers

The waning days of summer present a plethora of gorgeous blooms, including these eight delightful choices suitable for a wide range of garden conditions.

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Echium wildpretti

An interesting - and very dramatic - plant has begun to appear in our gardens. I refer to Echium wildpretii. Growing from a basal rosette of thin, lance-shaped silver leaves rises a column, densely packed with small tubular magenta-coloured flowers.

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Brooklyn Botanical Garden

In September, the garden - an ash dump in the late 1800s - is celebrating the 90th anniversary of its Children's Garden. Tens of thousands of youngsters have been introduced to the joys of the natural world here, in the...

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