Kids Love to Garden

Of course kids love to garden: there’s dirt to dig, bugs to examine and the occasional pea or strawberry to gobble up. If you missed the Gardening with Kids workshop at Dig This Broadmead last month, take a minute to read this article from one of our favourite seed suppliers.

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Seedy Saturday in Victoria

Victoria’s Annual Seed & Garden Show is on this Saturday, February 18th at the Victoria Conference Centre from 10 am to 4 pm. $7 at the door, under 16 years free.

You’ll find locally grown, organic seed and plants from over a dozen of the islands’ finest seed producers, plus tools, soil amendments, and buckets of new ideas. Bring your gardening problems and mystery plants to the Master Gardeners for wise advice. Don’t forget the talks: hear some of the islands’ finest and most innovative growers talk about everything from basic techniques for beginners to more specialized topics for the advanced.

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Gingerbread Treats

Pastry chef Daniel Vokey makes classic gingerbread men (and other whimsical shapes) at Patisserie Daniel, using his special spice mix and this classic cookie recipe. We followed his recipe to make these cookies for the Dig This Oak Bay Open House and everyone loved them! Recipe with permission of YAM Magazine, from the Nov/Dec issue.

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Fall Workshops at HCP

The Horticultural Centre of the Pacific has four great workshops this fall: making handmade herbal gifts, wreath making, festive table centrepieces and even one making a fun, festive reindeer.

For full details click here.

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Cherry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis. With all those lovely ripe cherries now in season, it’s a perfect time to make this classic French dessert.

Clafoutis can also be made with plums, blueberries, raspberries or blackberries.

Yum!

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Garlic Pesto!

If you’re growing hard neck garlic like the terrific local garlic Dig This sells every fall, you’ve probably noticed the “curlicue” tops or “scapes” that are forming at the top of the plants. Here’s our recipe for yummy Garlic Pesto.

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Time to Start Planning for 2016

The West Coast Seeds 2016 catalogue is here! Pick up a copy so you can start planning your 2016 garden. We expect the first shipment of seeds to arrive some time in January along with those from our other favourite seed company, Renee’s Garden.

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New Local Magazine

Concrete Garden is a free local magazine focused on growing food in urban settings, whether that was through community farms, backyard gardening or just supporting local farmers. It’s a thoughtful source for those interested in food sustainability and urban agriculture. Available at Victoria area Dig This stores.

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Support Your Local Community

The Favour Valley Acres calendar is available for purchase at Dig This Nanaimo. The $10 cost will support their efforts to mentor people in gardening, land stewardship and animal husbandry, while building life skills and improving our food security.

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Make Pesto!

This pesto recipe in our latest newsletter was missing one essential ingredient – the olive oil! Our apologies. Here it is with all the ingredients needed.

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