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Gardening with nature

Plants need strategies to deal with the heat too

Plants need strategies to deal with the heat too

Aug 16, 2023 / 11:00 am

Adaptability and climate-resilience are essential to survival for plants that are native to the Okanagan Valley’s arid climate, with its hot summers and...

Why it's nuts to litter your landscape with fabric

Why it's nuts to litter your landscape with fabric

Aug 2, 2023 / 11:00 am

It’s insanity. Albert Einstein is generally believed to have been the one to state that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over...

Tips to keep your plants alive in scorching summer heat

Tips to keep your plants alive in scorching summer heat

Jul 19, 2023 / 11:00 am

It’s official, the world recorded the hottest day ever on July 4, with experts expecting that record to fall shortly, as high temperatures continue. These...

Invasive plants are dangerous for all

Invasive plants are dangerous for all

Jul 5, 2023 / 11:00 am

Invasive plants reduce biodiversity and pose a significant threat to agricultural crops, habitat for wildlife and fish and they compromise water quality as well...

Weather wreaks havoc on plants throughout the region

Weather wreaks havoc on plants throughout the region

Jun 21, 2023 / 11:00 am

Severe winter weather has caused considerable havoc in gardens, orchards and vineyards in the Okanagan. There has been a great deal of discussion in gardening...

Use native plants to help stabilize slopes

Use native plants to help stabilize slopes

Jun 7, 2023 / 11:00 am

It’s just common sense to look to Mother Nature for advice about solving natural concerns on your landscape, like water, steep slopes and sun exposure or...

Plan your garden to feed pollinators as well as for beauty

Plan your garden to feed pollinators as well as for beauty

May 24, 2023 / 11:00 am

Pollinators have great access to food during the summer months, when there is a buffet of flowers blooming on every corner and in every field and meadow. But...

Mother knows best—Mother Nature, that is

Mother knows best—Mother Nature, that is

May 10, 2023 / 11:00 am

Native plants naturally thrive in the climatic conditions where they’re growing, so let’s encourage them in our own gardens. Native plants...

Plant sale fundraiser to offer unique drought-tolerant plants

Plant sale fundraiser to offer unique drought-tolerant plants

Apr 26, 2023 / 11:00 am

It’s plant sale time of year again. With spring, everyone with an interest in growing is out looking for something different to try in their garden...

Scary precipitation stats from Environment Canada

Scary precipitation stats from Environment Canada

Apr 12, 2023 / 11:00 am

Well, the numbers are in, and they should terrify all of us. March was an extremely dry month throughout the Okanagan Valley, with Kelowna experiencing its...

It’s officially spring, so it's time to plant

It’s officially spring, so it's time to plant

Mar 29, 2023 / 11:00 am

Spring has sprung, finally. Wow, was it just me or does this past winter seem to have been the longest ever? Perhaps slipping on the ice at a neighbour’s...

Rest your lawnmower and let the lawn grow

Rest your lawnmower and let the lawn grow

Mar 15, 2023 / 11:00 am

This spring, give your lawn mower a break. You’ve got a valid excuse not to mow the lawn. There are lots of ecological benefits to letting turf grass grow...

Fight the impacts of climate change on your garden

Mar 1, 2023 / 11:00 am

The past eight years were the warmest on record—proof, if needed, that climate change is here. That was just one fact brought to the table by Mario...

Join the move towards good landscape choices

Join the move towards good landscape choices

Feb 15, 2023 / 11:00 am

We have to move away from inappropriate landscape choices such as turf grass, cedar hedges and inappropriate plant selections and instead move toward choices...

'Re-wilding' is one way to rebuild an ecosystem

'Re-wilding' is one way to rebuild an ecosystem

Feb 1, 2023 / 11:00 am

Re-wilding is the term for restoring healthy ecosystems in the landscape that have been disturbed by humans. Think of the millions of acres of mono-culture that...

Don’t be a dinosaur—conserve water

Don’t be a dinosaur—conserve water

Jan 18, 2023 / 11:00 am

Next to our vital agricultural industry, outdoor landscapes in the Okanagan suck up the most water. And there’s no comparison when you consider which user...

Xeriscape supporters are supporters of Mother Nature

Xeriscape supporters are supporters of Mother Nature

Jan 4, 2023 / 11:00 am

Looking back on 2022, I can’t help but be grateful for all the enthusiasm shown by people interested in conserving water by championing the use of...

Picking the right plant for your xeriscape garden

Picking the right plant for your xeriscape garden

Dec 21, 2022 / 11:00 am

There are no absolutes in gardening. What I consider in some situations to be "garden thugs" are "landscape heroes" under other conditions....

Don’t torture your shrubs, bushes and trees

Don’t torture your shrubs, bushes and trees

Dec 7, 2022 / 11:00 am

It makes me so sad to see trees and shrubs tortured by people who chose the wrong one to trim like a hedge, or trim it into unusual shapes. It’s even...

Choose deer and drought-resistant hedging

Choose deer and drought-resistant hedging

Nov 23, 2022 / 11:00 am

Deer, deer everywhere. Wow, does the deer population of the valley seem to have exploded recently. With the sudden early snow limiting grazing options for them...

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