Looking To Plant A Garden? Try These Ideas!

From The Root Up

87581688 Organic gardening can be very intimidating to someone that has never done it before. It can easily lead to a bit of information overload because of all of the resources available to new organic gardeners. Below are some tips to assist you in getting all of this information organized to where you can start growing organic plants effectively.

Make use of rain buckets and barrels around your home. You can later use this collected rainwater on your garden to grow healthier plants, while saving the planet. This method also reduces your water bill, as you can’t be charged for using the water that runs off your roof!

Wait for the right moment if you plan on dividing a plant. Leave perhaps two years to grow and divide it at the end of the season when it looks at its best. If your plant shows signs of diseases or has areas…

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Survivor: How to Tell if Your Tree or Shrub Made it Through the Winter

Plough and Furrow

This hardly bears mentioning, but it was a hard winter for a lot of people, and definitely a rough winter for their gardens.

Oh, I’m still hopeful that the deep freezes we had will spell doom for some of the baddest and most annoying bugs (stinkbugs, squash vine borers, I’m looking at you), but that remains to be seen. I’m hopeful but not terribly optimistic.

What can be investigated right now, however, is the price some of the trees and shrubs in the yard paid to endure those Arctic temperatures.

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Repair & Reuse

Buchanan Repairs

Outdoor Power Equipment Repairs & Maintenance
Chris Buchanan, Certificate of Trades Training

Metal Repair:

Stacy Beamer on Bowen Island.  Phone: 604-947-0786.

Small Engine Repair (up to 10hp)

Lee Dulong: 778-829-2296

Electronics & More

From bikes to computers, including smartphones, Ross can fix things. Contact Ross via email:  rossd33@yahoo.com.

Bicycle Repairs

Keith Slade
Phone: 604.947.9487
Cell: 604.626.6179

Clothing Repairs

Wendy Alexander can repair most items of clothing. Contact her at waangus@shaw.ca.

North Shore Metal Recycling

185 Pemberton Ave. (in the alley),  North Vancouver
Contact: Dan Lindner at 778-227-5092. It’s best to call first as he is often out picking up scrap.

Home Heating & Electricity

Reduce home heating and electricity use by 10% by following the tips provided in the article by the Suzuki Foundation.

Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider, makes it easy for homes and businesses to switch to 100% clean, pollution-free energy. By choosing Bullfrog Power, you can reduce your environmental impact, support new renewable energy project development in your region and across Canada, and help create a cleaner, healthier world.

Solar BC:  Our goal is to encourage people to be less reliant on fossil fuels, and to join the solar revolution by tapping into the free energy provided by the sun.

Rede Energy Solutions — a local company that will help you make more efficient use of energy. Led by Matthew Redekopp, the small, high-integrity team offers a comprehensive energy conservation program. 604.947.2738.

The BC Sustainable Energy Association officially launched in summer 2004 and since then it has focused on  the sustainable use and production of energy in British Columbia.