Preserving diversity with heritage seeds

Preserving diversity with heritage seeds

Did you know that in the 1940s, almost all of Canada’s vegetable and flower seeds were grown in the greater Victoria area? Or that the old Dominion Experimental Farm in Sidney grew the seed of over 25 vegetables for commercial growers? What’s more, these seeds were all open-pollinated varieties. This meant that gardeners and farmers ‘back in the day’ could save and use their own seeds from year to year knowing that these offspring would be true reproductions of the mother plant.

  • Feb 15, 2011
Preserving diversity with heritage seeds

Norma’s Kitchen

Muscles with Fettucine

  • Feb 15, 2011
Eight-week old Baloo

Pooch of the week

  • Feb 15, 2011
Eight-week old Baloo
The sun sets at Gordon’s Beach.
The sun sets at Gordon’s Beach.
Spring gardening work

Spring gardening work

  • Feb 8, 2011
Spring gardening work
Planting the seeds for change

Planting the seeds for change

Seedy Saturday set for Feb. 26

Planting the seeds for change

Bridge to employment: new gov’t program

Out of work and need a hand getting back into the job market?

  • Feb 1, 2011
Cherry Lane Equine Centre is rebuilding its barn after a November fire burned it to the ground.

Rebuild

  • Feb 1, 2011
Cherry Lane Equine Centre is rebuilding its barn after a November fire burned it to the ground.
More than 30 avid surfers were out on the waves at Jordan River on Sunday testing out their moves.  The high tides are  making the waves a favourite place for the wet-suit clad surfers. The clouds will part for short periods on Wednesday

Surf’s Up!

  • Jan 25, 2011
More than 30 avid surfers were out on the waves at Jordan River on Sunday testing out their moves.  The high tides are  making the waves a favourite place for the wet-suit clad surfers. The clouds will part for short periods on Wednesday
2011: The Year of the Metal Rabbit

Welcome 2011: the Year of the Rabbit

The Year of The Rabbit begins on February 3, 2011.

  • Jan 25, 2011
2011: The Year of the Metal Rabbit
Trees take on a  graphic edge during the winter

Winter’s grip

  • Jan 25, 2011
Trees take on a  graphic edge during the winter
Emily Moreland is the new gardening mentor at the Sunriver Allotment Garden

Learn the basics of gardening

Mentor on site at Sunriver Allotment Garden

Emily Moreland is the new gardening mentor at the Sunriver Allotment Garden

Weedless Wednesday coming is today

January 19 is Weedless Wednesday, the highlight of National Non-Smoking Week. The Canadian Cancer Society encourages those who smoke to abstain from smoking for 24 hours. It could end up being the start of something wonderful.

  • Jan 18, 2011

Gardeners discuss heather and Irish history

New year begins for Sooke Garden Club

  • Jan 18, 2011
The Prestige Hotel/Convention Centre

Taking shape

  • Jan 11, 2011
The Prestige Hotel/Convention Centre
While Jim Mitchell’s building is much changed today

The saga of Sooke’s first pharmacy

It was in long ago 1957 that the first beginning of a drugstore for Sooke was initiated by Alice K. Feltus. She called her business, at the southeastern corner of Sooke Road and Murray Road, Sooke Clinic Store. (See first photo) She carried a variety of non-prescription health supplies and miscellaneous personal items. This was a welcome innovation for our semi-rural community.

  • Jan 11, 2011
While Jim Mitchell’s building is much changed today

BC Parks camping reservations open early this year

Camping fans can now start their warm weather vacation planning in the cold of winter with more reservable sites to choose from and a new, earlier opening date for the BC Parks Discover Camping reservation service.

  • Jan 11, 2011
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