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Easy Butterfly and Bee Gardens

The long, dark Canadian winter months mean our gardens (like us) can only dream of the warmer days to come. Are you craving warm spring air and blooms? Native over-wintering pollinators are too. Plant native plants to support our neighbourhood’s … Continue reading

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Going Guerilla for Milkweed

There is something delicious about being rebellious! It’s also amazing to see your actions make change for the better happen in a visible way. When what you do saves monarch butterflies and improves biodiversity, it feels even better. This past … Continue reading

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Berry Pleasing

A few years ago Altona Forest was larger than it is now. That was before the streets cut through and neighbourhoods crept closer and into the trees. The natural forest edges and transition areas met bulldozers. Many food-producing native wildflowers, … Continue reading

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Extending Altona’s Edges with Pollinator Gardens

Altona is more than a forest surrounded by the housing developments of the past 2 decades: it is a functioning, vital ecosystem that reaches beyond the gates and chain-link fences. The forest and it’s species cannot survive as an island … Continue reading

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Serviceberry – Garden Superstar

It might seem strange to think of a shrub as a superstar, but the humble serviceberry deserves this status. Serviceberry (sometimes referred to as Juneberry) is a larger shrub or small tree; in fact you can choose either a clumping … Continue reading

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What’s Rain Got to Do With It?

I grew up using rain barrels – we had old wine barrels beside our home and they seemed to hold unfathomable depths of fresh clean water for our plants. We had to put a screen on top held with a … Continue reading

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