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Dorothee Kieser, president of the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association and a volunteer at Milner Gardens and Woodland in Qualicum Beach (Submitted photo)

Podcast: Getting your green thumb ready for Vancouver Island’s gardening season

Timely tips from Dorothee Kieser of the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association

Dorothee Kieser, president of the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association and a volunteer at Milner Gardens and Woodland in Qualicum Beach (Submitted photo)
Staff at Artemis Place Secondary were shocked to find that one of the student-built greenhouses on the campus was stolen overnight on Jan. 11. (Artemis Place Society/Facebook)

Saanich school hopes to catch greenhouse thief red-handed

Student-built greenhouses stolen from Artemis Place Secondary on Jan. 11

Staff at Artemis Place Secondary were shocked to find that one of the student-built greenhouses on the campus was stolen overnight on Jan. 11. (Artemis Place Society/Facebook)
A new West Coast Seeds pollinator mix of cosmos pays tribute to Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Submitted photo/ We Are The Northern)

New blend by West Coast Seeds to bloom in Dr. Bonnie Henry’s name

Cosmo blend designed to attract bees, and marketed with tagline ‘Bee Calm, Bee Kind, Bee Safe’

A new West Coast Seeds pollinator mix of cosmos pays tribute to Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Submitted photo/ We Are The Northern)
Struggling to afford rent, Sylvia Bailey is hoping to trade her love of cooking for some more affordable accommodation. (Photo courtesy of Sylvia Bailey)

Retired Victoria woman looking to cook, clean or garden in exchange for rent

Sylvia Bailey is hoping to use her love for cooking to help afford rent

Struggling to afford rent, Sylvia Bailey is hoping to trade her love of cooking for some more affordable accommodation. (Photo courtesy of Sylvia Bailey)
These little worm workhorses turn compost into rich humus. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Contemplating the compost heap

David made me a three-bin compost system

  • Sep 26, 2020
These little worm workhorses turn compost into rich humus. (Mary Lowther photo)
Ucluelet’s School Garden remained locked on August 3, despite pleas from community members who say the facility is in desperate need of care. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Frustration grows in Ucluelet as locked gate puts school garden in peril

‘You walk by there and it’s just dead. Everything’s dry and yelling for water’

Ucluelet’s School Garden remained locked on August 3, despite pleas from community members who say the facility is in desperate need of care. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Heather Boggs is hesitant to keep two newly gifted gnomes on her doorstep after her previous two were stolen in the middle of the night on July 16. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Business gifts Vancouver Island woman with gnomes after midnight theft

One of stolen gnomes was a gift for completing chemotherapy

Heather Boggs is hesitant to keep two newly gifted gnomes on her doorstep after her previous two were stolen in the middle of the night on July 16. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Jelena Putnik shares her backyard garden using a garden-matching resource from the Young Agrarians. The resource connects property owners with people looking for space to grow food or plants. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Garden-sharing map connects Victoria landowners and gardeners

U-Map created by Young Agrarians after COVID-19 created uptick in garden matching requests

Jelena Putnik shares her backyard garden using a garden-matching resource from the Young Agrarians. The resource connects property owners with people looking for space to grow food or plants. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Ariel Reyes Antuan and Jess Barton have started a community initiative to help racialized people facing food insecurity by providing them with burlap sack gardens. They said their garden has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic and they continue to learn about gardening as well. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Victoria duo tackles food insecurity in Victoria with burlap sack gardens

Palenke Greens initiative an homage to Black and Indigenous connections

Ariel Reyes Antuan and Jess Barton have started a community initiative to help racialized people facing food insecurity by providing them with burlap sack gardens. They said their garden has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic and they continue to learn about gardening as well. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Scotch broom started as an ornamental plant that escaped and took well to Vancouver Island’s climate. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror

Pandemic partially handcuffing Island broom busting operations

Groups looking for experienced volunteers to tackle invasive plants while social distanced

Scotch broom started as an ornamental plant that escaped and took well to Vancouver Island’s climate. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Garden waste drop off at the Saanich Parks and Public Works yard has been shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (District of Saanich/Twitter)

Saanich garden waste drop-off suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic

Mayor reminds frustrated residents about other options for yard waste

Garden waste drop off at the Saanich Parks and Public Works yard has been shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (District of Saanich/Twitter)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes proudly shows off his rented mason bee colony. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Vancouver Island mayor receives his foster bees through pollinator rental program

‘I feel like I’m an adoptive father,’ Fred Haynes says of his rented mason bee colony

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes proudly shows off his rented mason bee colony. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Plants, pots and other pretty things at Old Farm Garden Centre

Plants, pots and other pretty things at Old Farm Garden Centre

Buying business included a steep learning curve for owner Robin Knox

  • Jun 24, 2019
Plants, pots and other pretty things at Old Farm Garden Centre
The small patch of grass at the intersection of Pendray and Quebec Streets could soon house a bushel of berries (Google Maps)

Victoria street corner could house public berry patch

The James Bay Neighborhood Association is hoping to offer berries locals

The small patch of grass at the intersection of Pendray and Quebec Streets could soon house a bushel of berries (Google Maps)
The View Royal Gardening Club is hosting a presentation on wild and cultivated truffles in B.C. (Facebook/Wild & Cultivated Truffles BC)

Fungi expert gives tips on finding truffles on Vancouver Island

There are many native and cultivated species of the pricey, and delicious, mushroom on the Island

The View Royal Gardening Club is hosting a presentation on wild and cultivated truffles in B.C. (Facebook/Wild & Cultivated Truffles BC)
A small plot of land at Grant St. and Chambers St. has been dubbed “Arlo’s Garden” for four years after Andrew Poucher planted a public vegetable garden. Recently School District 61 realized the plot belongs to them, and the area is now at the centre of a dispute. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Fernwood garden in the middle of land dispute with Victoria school district

School board wants to demolish garden that a Victoria man has been using for four years

A small plot of land at Grant St. and Chambers St. has been dubbed “Arlo’s Garden” for four years after Andrew Poucher planted a public vegetable garden. Recently School District 61 realized the plot belongs to them, and the area is now at the centre of a dispute. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
Victoria-based co-producers of the new Vision TV documentary series Ageless Gardens, David Springbett, Mark Bradley and Ian Toews gather in the legislature rose garden. Their series begins airing Monday (Feb. 12). Don Descoteau/Victoria News

New gardening series sprouted roots in Victoria

Documentary series premieres Monday on Vision TV

Victoria-based co-producers of the new Vision TV documentary series Ageless Gardens, David Springbett, Mark Bradley and Ian Toews gather in the legislature rose garden. Their series begins airing Monday (Feb. 12). Don Descoteau/Victoria News