gardening

Natasha Asselstine is a holistic nutritionist who will be discussing the benefits of growing your own food at the next Comox Valley Horticultural Society meeting, Monday, June 21, 7 p.m. via Zoom. Photo by Josh Asselstine

Benefits of growing your own food discussed at next Comox Valley Horticultural Society meeting

The Comox Valley is a haven of fresh ingredients when it comes…

 

The white pupae of the black vine weevil, and the pest itself. Photos by Leslie Cox

Duchess of Dirt: the things you see in the garden

Leslie Cox Special to The Record Avid gardeners naturally spend a lot…

  • Jun 8, 2021

 

Potatoes have two genetic centre of origins, one from the lowlands in Chile and the other from the highlands in Bolivia. The highlands potatoes flower and produce fruit profusely, which is where the seeds come from. They contribute to exciting and ecologically imporant genetic diversity of potatoes. (Submitted/Fiona Hamersley Chambers)

Vancouver Island farmer shares secret for inventing a new potato

Using seeds anyone can name their own variety

 

Dr. Richard Hebda will discuss his studies and research in vegetation and climate history in B.C. at the next Comox Valley Horticultural Society meeting, May 17. Photo courtesy Royal BC Museum.

Irises discussed at next Comox Valley Horticultural Society meeting

The fascinating and colourful world of irises will be explored at the…

  • May 12, 2021
Dr. Richard Hebda will discuss his studies and research in vegetation and climate history in B.C. at the next Comox Valley Horticultural Society meeting, May 17. Photo courtesy Royal BC Museum.
The flowers of Darmera peltata (Indian rhubarb) before the leaves emerge. Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Plenty of ‘wow’ factor in the garden in spring

Leslie Cox Special to The Record I can’t help it. I like…

  • May 10, 2021
The flowers of Darmera peltata (Indian rhubarb) before the leaves emerge. Photo by Leslie Cox
Rhododendrons, which feature beautiful spring blooms, can be spotted all over Vancouver Island. Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Springtime planting an annual chess game of ‘what goes where’

Leslie Cox Special to The Record I should never walk into a…

  • Apr 28, 2021
Rhododendrons, which feature beautiful spring blooms, can be spotted all over Vancouver Island. Photo by Leslie Cox
From left - Rev. Sulin Milne, rector of St Peter’s, Karen Cummins and Bill Henderson of Nature Comox Valley pose for a photo with the newly-planted Garry oak tree. Photo supplied

Young Garry oak planted at St. Peter’s church gardens as a sign of resiliency

By Tony Reynolds Special to The Record St Peter’s Anglican Church, Comox,…

From left - Rev. Sulin Milne, rector of St Peter’s, Karen Cummins and Bill Henderson of Nature Comox Valley pose for a photo with the newly-planted Garry oak tree. Photo supplied
A native-to-B.C. wild queen bee (bombus melanopygus for those in the know) feeds on a periwinkle flower. (Submitted/Sarah Johnson, Native Bee Society of BC)

B.C.’s wild bees need messy gardens to survive

The year-long nesting period makes habitat a primary concern for wild bees

A native-to-B.C. wild queen bee (bombus melanopygus for those in the know) feeds on a periwinkle flower. (Submitted/Sarah Johnson, Native Bee Society of BC)
B.C. beekeepers will face extra supply challenges this year thanks to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. bee supply threatened this year by wasps, COVID

No, bees aren’t getting COVID, it’s the supply chain that’s been disrupted

B.C. beekeepers will face extra supply challenges this year thanks to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. (Black Press Media file photo)
Gordon Cyr and his family run Bee Canadian have been raising mason bees for 20 years and provide homeowners across the Island with pollinators every spring. (Black Press Media file photo)

Island company rents out 135,000 mason bees despite the impacts of COVID-19

Bee Canadian delivers pollinators to renters in pandemic-friendly fashion

Gordon Cyr and his family run Bee Canadian have been raising mason bees for 20 years and provide homeowners across the Island with pollinators every spring. (Black Press Media file photo)
Gardeners are preparing for the second spring during COVID-19. Business is already picking up at some Greater Victoria nurseries, including Elk Lake Garden Centre. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Vancouver Island garden centres preparing for busy season

Businesses stocking up after last year’s COVID-19 pandemic gardening explosion

  • Mar 24, 2021
Gardeners are preparing for the second spring during COVID-19. Business is already picking up at some Greater Victoria nurseries, including Elk Lake Garden Centre. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Leslie Cox and her dog, Sadie, are thrilled that spring is upon us. Photo supplied.

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Patience a key when considering how early to plant biennial vegetables

Leslie Cox Special to The Record By the time you read this,…

  • Mar 24, 2021
Leslie Cox and her dog, Sadie, are thrilled that spring is upon us. Photo supplied.
Dorothee Kieser, president of the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association and a volunteer at Milner Gardens and Woodland in Qualicum Beach (Submitted photo)

Podcast: Getting your green thumb ready for Vancouver Island’s gardening season

Timely tips from Dorothee Kieser of the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association

Dorothee Kieser, president of the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association and a volunteer at Milner Gardens and Woodland in Qualicum Beach (Submitted photo)
The iris reticulata offers a vibrant blue colour to the garden. Photo by Leslie Cox.

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Spring reveals a selection of relatively rare blue blossoms

LESLIE COX Special to The Record It feels good to be working…

  • Mar 9, 2021
The iris reticulata offers a vibrant blue colour to the garden. Photo by Leslie Cox.
Greg Baute (inset), senior director of breeding and genetics at Aurora Cannabis, will be the guest speaker at the next Comox Valley Horticultural Society (CVHS) meeting. Photo supplied

Cannabis breeding discussed at next Comox Valley Horticultural Society meeting

Greg Baute, senior director of breeding and genetics at Aurora Cannabis, will…

  • Mar 8, 2021
Greg Baute (inset), senior director of breeding and genetics at Aurora Cannabis, will be the guest speaker at the next Comox Valley Horticultural Society (CVHS) meeting. Photo supplied
A yellow underwing moth - adult cutworm - found in the Cox garden. Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Snowfall-induced break allows some time for insect identification

Leslie Cox Special to The Record Small wonder gardeners get frustrated over…

  • Feb 15, 2021
A yellow underwing moth - adult cutworm - found in the Cox garden. Photo by Leslie Cox
One of the region’s most famous gardeners, Brian Minter, will be the next presenter for the Comox Valley Horticultural Society. (Maple Ridge Garden Club/Facebook)

Brian Minter headlines Comox Valley Horticultural Society’s February meeting

Brian Minter - B.C.’s very own garden guru - will be the…

  • Feb 9, 2021
One of the region’s most famous gardeners, Brian Minter, will be the next presenter for the Comox Valley Horticultural Society. (Maple Ridge Garden Club/Facebook)
Seedy Saturday is an opportunity for communities across Canada to learn about seeds and to exchange their seeds with other people. (Paul Henderson - Black Press)

Seedy Saturday to hold province-wide gardening conference

The February event brings together seed enthusiasts from communities across B.C.

  • Feb 7, 2021
Seedy Saturday is an opportunity for communities across Canada to learn about seeds and to exchange their seeds with other people. (Paul Henderson - Black Press)
Leslie Cox has been discovering many varieties of fungi during her walks this year. Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Christmas wishes from the Cox home to yours

Leslie Cox Special to The Record All I want for Christmas is……

  • Dec 22, 2020
Leslie Cox has been discovering many varieties of fungi during her walks this year. Photo by Leslie Cox
Nature making soil. Elk Falls Provincial Park – falls with suspension bridge above, shrouded in mist. Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Soil is the lifeline our planet

LESLIE COX Special to The Record Did you remember it was World…

  • Dec 8, 2020
Nature making soil. Elk Falls Provincial Park – falls with suspension bridge above, shrouded in mist. Photo by Leslie Cox