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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More Garden Inspiration

On the assumption that you can never have too much inspiration for your garden, let us share one of our favourite sources of garden inspiration: Garden Therapy. Visit their website to learn how to make this lovely succulent planter.

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‘Tis the Season of Garden Tours

For the next number of weeks, you can do more than peer over the fence at other people’s gardens – you can actually visit some of the best ones in your community! Make a day of it: find some friends, map out your route, plan a stop for lunch, and just enjoy the loveliness of Vancouver Island.

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Why It Is Important To Thin Seedlings

I often find it hard to pull out seedlings that I’ve worked so hard to germinate, but if you want your plants to be happy and healthy, it’s something you just have to do. This informative little video from Renee’s Garden shows you how and tells you why it is so important.

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