Here are some wonderful podcasts on botanical history and current information, great to listen to while commuting to work or while gardening.
This “semievergreen” hardy perennial can be harvested year round on Vancouver Island.
Not only is this plant deer resistant, but it is listed as an aromatic herb that Repels deer!
That’s quite a claim !
Check out what the Sonoma County Master Gardener’s have to say about discouraging deer using aromatic herbs at:
Here is a good idea for your west coast winter project !
This article in Mother Earth News has a fantastic overview of the main considerations for a
passively heated green house design.
Here is a review of interesting horticultural experiences and news from the past week that I hope will enjoy !
I found this great site with Recipes that feature herbs by the American Herb Society.
Soil Mixes for Plant Growing
For those of us inclined to a more scientific approach here is an extensive article on Peat Moss, Compost , Limestone and PH Control.
Fall Herb Propagation Tips for Vancouver Island
The September 1 – Nov 1 time frame is really good for perennial plant propagation by division and cuttings because:
a) Generally a less busy time of year for plant growing, compared to the “spring rush”.
b) Summer heat has passed , so less sun, heat and misting issues.
c) Plants started this time of year are bigger, better and ready earlier than plants propagated early spring.
d) If for some reason the fall cuttings don’t take, you get a second chance in the spring.
e) Additional bottom heat is always beneficial for cuttings, however this time of year there is a natural tendency for the soil to be warmer than the air.
And Finally the Weather !
We have been having quite a storm over the last 24 hours, click here for an interesting real time update.