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The last couple weeks of the official winter season seem to pass by pretty quickly, teasing with hints of spring. Daffodils break the surface tentatively as though they are checking to see if it is warm enough to burst into bloom. Days become noticeably longer. The earliest of the flowering cherries frame the late winter […]

Let’s get pruning!   Pruning may be the most mysterious and misunderstood of all gardening skills.  Why do we need to prune?  Plants have been growing for a long time without any intervention from us!  If you remember that pruning will help the plant to be the best version of itself in your landscape; best […]

Winter can be tough on our feathered friends. With limited food available, it is an important time to ensure they have easily accessible food sources. This makes a great weekend activity with the family. Here’s what you will need to make your very own Birdseed suet Bells: 6 cups birdseed 1 cup flour 250g shortening (lard) […]

Ever wondered how to get your Orchid to re-bloom? For the most part, Orchids are easy to take care of but getting them to re-bloom can be tricky…one of the best ways to keep your orchid happy is to re-pot it. Most orchids are epiphytic, meaning they use tree trunks and branches to grow on. […]

Winter may finally be coming to the West Coast! With winter and colder temperatures on the way, now is a good time to talk about how to protect your more tender plants from the cold. *Scroll to the bottom for our list of QUICK TIPS on winter protection.  If you’re uncertain which of your plants […]

Paint with Fall Colour As the season changes and the extravagant blooms of summer fade, the rich jewel tones of autumn begin to emerge. Fall will do what fall does, calling on the changing foliage colours to flourish – all chimney red, honeycomb yellow and sunset orange. Look amongst all the leaves that clamor for […]

So you have decided to delve into the amazing world of Houseplants but you aren’t sure where to begin… Let’s get you started with a few quick things to consider.   Light Conditions Houseplants are typically divided into Bright, Low & Medium light groupings. Depending on the light conditions of the space you are looking […]

Summer is in full swing and with it come some unwanted pests. Whether or not you are out gardening or simply trying to enjoy your outdoor space, chances are these days you are not alone (and we aren’t talking about your friends and family) Mosquitoes are out in full swing as well. Before you reach […]

Hey there summer gardeners! Now that August has arrived in the lower mainland, the time has come to start enjoying the fruits (and veggies!) of your labour, because now is the time when all your garden preparation from the past months is REALLY starting to pay off! At this time of year, there is plenty […]

Choosing Seed Varieties – A Beginner’s Guide Choosing what variety of seeds to plant may seem like a daunting task, especially when faced with the myriad of options that a company like West Coast Seeds has to offer.  How do you choose what kind of carrots to plant, among over thirty options? Some of the […]

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