Salish Sea

The Salish Sea is a remarkable place. Comprising of Puget Sound, the strait of Georgia; American and Canadian Gulf Islands, Burrard Inlet (Vancouver); Howe Sound and much of the East Coast of Vancouver Island. (Abby finally got Thor in for a dip) What makes it truly remarkable - besides the resident orcas - is the... Continue Reading →

BC and the Pipeline

BC and the Pipeline Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just agreed to spend 4.5 billion dollars on horse-and-buggy infrastructure! Oops, I mean a pipeline - almost as obsolete. But don’t worry! We’ll reclaim the 4.5 billion dollars with economic boosts and job creation (primarily spill response jobs) by late 2086. Of course, long before then the... Continue Reading →

Filling the Garden Beds

I recently looked back at my earlier posts regarding my property, like “Clearing the Property.” I had two simultaneous reactions: One was of pride in the amount of work I had completed, and the second was how disappointed I am by having not completed a quarter of the yard by the second week of June.... Continue Reading →

Building the Vegetable Boxes

There are few things as satisfying as seeing your hard-work come to fruition. So putting the shovel in the ground and beginning the placement and construction of my vegetable boxes is something I have been looking forward to for months. As satisfying as it is, this has been the most gruelling, labour-intensive task so far.... Continue Reading →

Using Beneficial Insects in your Home Garden

  There is a revolution taking place in people’s gardens.  The demand for Organic products; mistrust of chemical companies; the longing for a simpler time; near complete chemical resistance in some pests; and an adjusted sense of what constitutes garden productivity have all played a role in the major increase in demand for biological controls... Continue Reading →

Clearing the Property – part V

Hi. It's been a while. Much has happened, since I last wrote: I frantically continued to clear as much of the yard as I could - knowing how things would slow down with the arrival of my son; and then BOOM! 45 minutes after walking through the hospital doors my wife delivered our baby boy;... Continue Reading →

Clearing the Property – Part IV

Almost Done! Since my last entry, we have had tree fallers working, chainsaws humming, fires burning and neighbours yelling. I have learned about burning bylaws, noise bylaws, and tree permits. With another hour of chainsawing, one more burn-day, some hand-sawing and raking, I will have my blank canvas! Here is how it looks right now... Continue Reading →

How to grow Salal

Want to know what Salal is? Want to know how to grow it, how to eat it and how valuable it is? Read-on: While clearing my yard I discovered in one corner a small and weak cluster of salal. I immediately recognized it as a local plant I grew up with, but was excited because... Continue Reading →

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑