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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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By: Jay Soper, Communications Specialist (Metro Vancouver) Summertime is here! As the hot weather rolls in, it’s time to pull out the patio chairs and gear up for a season filled with holidays, camping, barbecues, boating, beaches, and quality time with friends and family. But along with the beautiful hot…

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By Brian Campbell, Tara Moreau and Braela Kwan Pollinators are the various insects and animals that contribute to the reproduction of plants. These include many species of bees, butterflies, birds, flies, moths, wasps, beetles and other animals that move pollen between male and female flower parts to create seeds for…

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The hassles, expense, and time commitment is too much. And the results weren’t that great anyway. Sound like your grass lawn experience? For lots of people, the dream of a beautiful lawn can turn into an ugly reality due to weeds, bugs, drought, and extreme heat. But If you are…

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How to turn your green space into a healthy avian habitat Autumn is a fascinating time for bird-watchers in our region. A wide variety of resident and over-wintering birds are regularly observed in Metro Vancouver throughout fall and winter.  At places like Boundary Bay Regional Park and other seashore locations,…

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