Why no one has heard of the Wonder Mite?

See below, or watch the video here. Shortly after dawn on a summer day that woke with the promise of sunshine, fluffy clouds and a cooling breeze, two government researchers set out into an orchard in Ontario. Their task was simple: Determine what - if anything - had survived the damaging chemical pesticide initiative that... Continue Reading →

Early Spring Update 2022

We've been lucky....so far. Other than one or two gentle overnight periods we have been without a freeze since February. However, nothing is any more established than in years previous, largely due to below average temperatures. Yes, no freezing, but it has still been cold. The south coast of BC and Seattle recorded their first... Continue Reading →

Garden Update #1 2022

A genuine "Fool's Spring." It was 12 degrees Celsius in full sun this weekend. Yes, the lows were 1C, and there was frost, but I got a sunburn in February and that's what counts! We like to use the term "Fool's Spring" here on the West Coast because we often get a few of them.... Continue Reading →

When to plant Garlic (South West BC)

In the garden forums I subscribe to there is a constant stream of garlic-planting related questions from September to November. They usually follow a similar pattern: Early in September the question arrises "Is it too early to plant garlic?" Then the usual question: "When is the best time to plant garlic." Then later we hear... Continue Reading →

How to Control Thrips

How to control Thrips using no chemicals or sprays. Learn simple procedures regularly used in commercial greenhouses for protection against thrips damage in ornamentals and agriculture.

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