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:
According Farmer’s Almanac Naniamo gets an average of 171 frost free days, and the frost free growing season starts on April 28th. Further south in Victoria the average frost free date is April 19th. Expect a first frost around the beginning of November.
Of course many vegetable and herb plants can tolerate frost. Here is listing of Frost Tolerance of Vegetables to help you get started.
It is always interesting to see how Vancouver Island compares to the rest of Canada for frost free dates and growing season length, here is a handy table put out by the Farmer’s Almanac for various Canadian cities.
What could be luckier than a 4 leaf clover ! This South Asian plant is supposed to enhance your brain function. (ref http://www.richters.com/Web_store/web_store.cgi?product=X5430&cart_id=111.100) Sushni (Marsilea quadrifolia) is actually an aquatic fern.
We grow it in partial shade in a pot of regular growing medium and it seems to be happy.
Not too much happening in the farm greenhouse or gardens these days, so here is another fall picture from the Physic Garden at UBC and an interesting link to popular black flowers.