gardening

A Gardener’s Diary columnist Jocelyne Sewell breaks down the difference between yams and sweet potatoes. (Pixabay photo)

A Gardener’s Diary: Sweet potatoes and yams have their differences

Gardening columnist breaks down the difference between two vegetables often thought to be one and the same

  • Jan 16, 2022

 

The Armstrong and District Garden Club has given multiple food and garden programs a financial boost using proceeds from its plant sale in May 2021. (Submitted photo)

Armstrong Garden Club donations dig up food security

The club has supported multiple food security programs with proceeds from its May plant sale

 

Leaf drop-off has been cancelled in Coldstream.

Coldstream parking lot closed, leaf program cancelled

Red gate parking lot at Kalamalka Provincial Park closed for hydroseeding Tuesday

 

Butchart Gardens - Handout

Creating the Japanese Garden

A place to think, meditate and be at peace

  • Aug 11, 2021
Butchart Gardens - Handout
Swan Lake Market & Garden

Swan Lake Summer Festival comes to Vernon this July

The festival will take place July 23 to 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Swan Lake Market & Garden
A grant from the Okanagan Basin Water Board has allowed the historic O’Keefe Ranch in Spallumcheen to construct and complete its rain gardens project. (O’Keefe Ranch photo)

Spallumcheen ranch protects ecosystem with water grant

Historic O’Keefe Ranch receives $20,000 to construct and complete rain gardens project

A grant from the Okanagan Basin Water Board has allowed the historic O’Keefe Ranch in Spallumcheen to construct and complete its rain gardens project. (O’Keefe Ranch photo)
The Summerland Ornamental Gardens will hold its spring plant sale online. The sale begins May 1. (Contributed)

Summerland Ornamental Gardens to hold online plant sale

Variety of plants available through fundraising event

The Summerland Ornamental Gardens will hold its spring plant sale online. The sale begins May 1. (Contributed)
A native-to-B.C. wild queen bee (bombus melanopygus for those in the know) feeds on a periwinkle flower. (Submitted/Sarah Johnson, Native Bee Society of BC)

B.C.’s wild bees need messy gardens to survive

The year-long nesting period makes habitat a primary concern for wild bees

A native-to-B.C. wild queen bee (bombus melanopygus for those in the know) feeds on a periwinkle flower. (Submitted/Sarah Johnson, Native Bee Society of BC)
B.C. beekeepers will face extra supply challenges this year thanks to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. bee supply threatened this year by wasps, COVID

No, bees aren’t getting COVID, it’s the supply chain that’s been disrupted

B.C. beekeepers will face extra supply challenges this year thanks to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. (Black Press Media file photo)
The City of Enderby is continuing its curbside spring pruning and garden waste collection program starting April 18, 2021. (Pixabay photo)

Spring refuse collection returns in Enderby

Curbside pick-up of residential spring pruning and bagged organics begins April 18

The City of Enderby is continuing its curbside spring pruning and garden waste collection program starting April 18, 2021. (Pixabay photo)
The City of Enderby is continuing its curbside spring pruning and garden waste collection program in 2021. (Pixabay photo)

Curbside garden waste collection program to continue in Enderby

The spring waste pick-up program is expected to return in April

The City of Enderby is continuing its curbside spring pruning and garden waste collection program in 2021. (Pixabay photo)
The District of Coldstream is cancelling its 2021 spring garden waste and leaf pick-up program due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (PQB News file photo)

Coldstream cancels spring garden waste, leaf drop-off program

The decision was due to public gathering orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic

The District of Coldstream is cancelling its 2021 spring garden waste and leaf pick-up program due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (PQB News file photo)
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)
Spallumcheen's Lloyd Main stands behind his record-breaking 1,000 pound pumpkin at the weigh-in of the annual Pumpkin Growing contest, part of the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce's Harvest Pumpkin Festival Saturday, Oct. 17, at the IPE Grounds. (AS Chamber Photo)

1,000 lb pumpkin tips Armstrong scale

Spallumcheen’s Lloyd and Erma Main finish one-two with a pair of gourds totalling almost a ton

Spallumcheen's Lloyd Main stands behind his record-breaking 1,000 pound pumpkin at the weigh-in of the annual Pumpkin Growing contest, part of the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce's Harvest Pumpkin Festival Saturday, Oct. 17, at the IPE Grounds. (AS Chamber Photo)
Members of the Armstrong Lions Club have planted a red Canadian maple tree at Lions Park on Hunter Avenue as a show of tribute to their sister club in Banbridge, Northern Ireland. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Armstong Lions Club salutes sister club with tree

Red Canadian Maple planted in Lions Park pays tribute to Lions Club in Banbridge, Northern Ireland

Members of the Armstrong Lions Club have planted a red Canadian maple tree at Lions Park on Hunter Avenue as a show of tribute to their sister club in Banbridge, Northern Ireland. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
The Summerland Ornamental Gardens is holding a virtual fall plant sale this year (Photo courtesy of Summerland Ornamental Gardens via Instagram)

Summerland Ornamental Gardens to hold plant sale

Online sale runs Sept. 9 to 19 with wide variety of plants available

The Summerland Ornamental Gardens is holding a virtual fall plant sale this year (Photo courtesy of Summerland Ornamental Gardens via Instagram)
Prolific gardener and canner Bert Revel from Salmon Arm who has won many awards for his fruit, vegetables and famous pies over the years, knows about the shortage of canning jars and lids but managed to buy some before the shortage hit. He also has a collection of jars he maintains from year to year. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Shortage of canning supplies in Shuswap and beyond a side effect of COVID-19

Stores across North America have run out of canning jars and lids

Prolific gardener and canner Bert Revel from Salmon Arm who has won many awards for his fruit, vegetables and famous pies over the years, knows about the shortage of canning jars and lids but managed to buy some before the shortage hit. He also has a collection of jars he maintains from year to year. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Clients and staff at the Vernon Curling Club, the city’s temporary shelter, in front of the community garden they helped create. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Clients at temporary Vernon shelter build community garden

“There was nothing here before … Nobody stopped to see its potential beauty”

Clients and staff at the Vernon Curling Club, the city’s temporary shelter, in front of the community garden they helped create. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
The Summerland Ornamental Gardens have been closed to the public since March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A reopening date has not yet been determined. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland Ornamental Gardens remain closed

Staff and volunteers continue to weed and maintain plants

The Summerland Ornamental Gardens have been closed to the public since March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A reopening date has not yet been determined. (Summerland Review file photo)

A Gardener’s Diary: COVID-19 can’t stop growing season

Pandemic prime time to sow garden, kids can join in the fun too

  • May 1, 2020