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Submitted by Kerrie van Gaalen, UBC Botanical Garden Have you ever wondered why the crows have been so interested in tearing up your lawn recently? It turns out they are in search of the tasty grub snack known as the European chafer beetle (Rhizotrogus majalis). Working in a botanical garden,…

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Submitted By: Egan Davis, Tara Moreau and Douglas Justice, UBC Botanical Garden Learning to grow food is a great way to connect to nature and to agriculture, all while spending time outdoors. With over 42 Grow Green food-plant garden designs there are plenty of options to choose from, whether you’re…

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Submitted by: Chris McKerracher, Trades II Gardener, City of Vancouver “Are you going to plant daffodils?” The words tumbled out of the mouth of a girl amongst a small group of kindergarten students watching us work. They were taking a break from their gym activity of jogging around the field…

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 Submitted by: Douglas Justice, Associate Director, Horticulture and Collections Considering the restrictions around getting out and visiting public gardens, we thought it might be useful to highlight a few common plants that people are likely to encounter in their own neighbourhoods. We’ll be updating this feature as different plants come…

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Submitted by: Douglas Justice, Associate Director, Horticulture & Collections  (UBC Botanical Garden) Ecological services, aesthetics There is a lot of accumulated research that tells us that trees are valuable. Trees provide ecological services that include extracting carbon dioxide from the air and replacing that (minus the carbon that is sequestered…

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Did you grow a bumper crop of tomatoes, squash or zucchini this year and are wondering what to do with it all? Check out Love Food Hate Waste Canada for guides and tips for preserving your summer produce.

Submitted By: Egan Davis, Principal Instructor (UBC Botanical Garden) To learn more about soil quality, you need to use your senses by looking, touching and smelling it. This summary overviews some of the simple ways you can test the soil quality in your home garden. To read the full article,…

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Submitted By: Egan Davis, Principal Instructor (UBC Botanical Garden) In a previous article, we discussed the importance of healthy soil. However, to learn more about soil, you need to use your senses by looking, touching and smelling it. Here is a good field test that you can easily do without specialized…

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Submitted By: Egan Davis, Principal Instructor (UBC Botanical Garden) Have you ever been curious about your soil? Soils are teeming with life, physics and chemistry. By understanding a few general principles, you can make informed decisions about the soil in your garden. Soils are the foundation of plants and life…

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​Submitted By: Egan Davis, Principal Instructor (UBC Botanical Garden) Have you ever been curious about the quality of your soil? By understanding a few general principles, you can make informed decisions about the soil in your garden. In this summary, you will learn about what makes good soil, and why…

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