gardening

Organic greens are best stored wrapped in a damp paper towel, inside a plastic bag in the fridge. (Jocelyne Sewell photo)

Early Okanagan winter: Mother Nature must be confused

A Gardener’s Diary: By Jocelyne Sewell

  • Nov 24, 2022

 

The Armstrong and District Garden Club distributed funds from its annual plant sale to a wide range of food initiatives and community programs. (Submitted photo)

Armstrong Garden Club grows funds for long list of local causes

The local food bank and the Good Food Box were among the funding recipients

 

Landscaper Marten Koops has put in thousands of volunteer hours over the last 22 years towards keeping the gardens beautiful at the North Okanagan Hospice Society. (Marg McCoy photo)

Hospice harvests Vernon landscaper’s green thumb for over 20 years

Society grateful for many volunteers, and donors ahead of first drive-thru fundraiser

 

A Gardener’s Diary: Fall chill warming up this week in Vernon

Tuesday night was supposed to be the coldest with nice days and warmer nights coming up

Debbie and her puppy, Kismet at the Kelowna Rail Trail homeless encampment (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

Beautifying tent city: Resident providing fresh food through community garden

The garden’s harvest includes zucchini, kale, tomatoes, strawberries and cauliflower

Debbie and her puppy, Kismet at the Kelowna Rail Trail homeless encampment (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)
This undated photo shows seed being saved from a tomato in New Paltz, N.Y. Cutting a tomato in half and squeezing the seeds into a glass or a jar is the first step to having your home-grown seeds for next year's tomatoes. (Lee Reich via AP)

A Gardener’s Diary: Gathering seeds for next season

Gardening columnist recommends collecting seeds from best performing plants

  • Aug 20, 2022
This undated photo shows seed being saved from a tomato in New Paltz, N.Y. Cutting a tomato in half and squeezing the seeds into a glass or a jar is the first step to having your home-grown seeds for next year's tomatoes. (Lee Reich via AP)
This image provided by the USDA Agricultural Research Service shows a closeup of a mosquito on human skin. (USDA Agricultural Research Service via AP)

How to take your garden and yard back from the mosquitoes

Eliminating these biting pests from your yard will not adversely affect the ecosystem

This image provided by the USDA Agricultural Research Service shows a closeup of a mosquito on human skin. (USDA Agricultural Research Service via AP)
Residents are allowed to water trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables only if watering is done by a hand-held container, a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle. (ADOBE STOCK IMAGE)

Heat wave puts Spallumcheen water restrictions on tap

Stress on water systems forces stage 2 restrictions, no sprinklers or irrigation

Residents are allowed to water trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables only if watering is done by a hand-held container, a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle. (ADOBE STOCK IMAGE)
The People Place Garden Tour, the 18th annual edition, returns after a two-year COVID hiatus on Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon garden tour blooms again

The 18th annual People Place fundraiser runs Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The People Place Garden Tour, the 18th annual edition, returns after a two-year COVID hiatus on Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Morning Star - file photo)
The Pleasant Valley Community Garden is a great option to grow your own tasty and nutritious food. (Debbie Hartwig photo)

Gardener wannabees wanted in Vernon

Plant Sale and Seed Swap at new Pleasant Valley Community Garden

The Pleasant Valley Community Garden is a great option to grow your own tasty and nutritious food. (Debbie Hartwig photo)
The District of Coldstream’s spring garden waste and leaf drop-off program will begin on Sunday, April 3, 2022. (Pixabay photo)
The District of Coldstream’s spring garden waste and leaf drop-off program will begin on Sunday, April 3, 2022. (Pixabay photo)
Flowers

Slow flowers

Growing sustainability in the floral industry

  • Mar 14, 2022
Flowers
PIck up some local knowledge at the Seedy Saturday event.

Seeds of spring: planting tips from a gardener’s diary

Vernon columnist sprouting her 11th year of advice

PIck up some local knowledge at the Seedy Saturday event.
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
A Gardener’s Diary columnist Jocelyne Sewell breaks down the difference between yams and sweet potatoes. (Pixabay photo)
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

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)
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

Leaf drop-off has been cancelled in Coldstream.
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)