Happenings – Duncan’s 39 Days of July

When: June 30 – August 7 Where: Duncan, B.C. What began as a 10-day celebration of the city of Duncan’s centennial has turned into a free annual 39-day music festival—aptly named “39 Days of July.” Organized by the Duncan Cowichan Festival Society, the event runs from June 30 to August 7, or “long weekend to […]

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Summer Garden Checklist

Sun Protection Like people, some plants worship the sun while others get scorched. The heat of the past few summers has led to drought and changed the way we garden here on the West Coast. Greenhouses can be too hot for even heat-lovers like tomatoes and peppers, which will do better out in the open. […]

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From Paris With Compost
A row of harvested beets, radishes, and carrots.

What can we learn from 19th-century French market gardeners?  by Constance Wylie Always tend the smallest amount of land possible, but tend it exceptionally well. — unknown market gardener, Paris, 1800s HISTORICAL PRECEDENTS I grew up on a horse farm in North Saanich that produced upwards of 100 tonnes of manure each year. As a […]

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