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Geoffrey Kroeker of Lateral Builders provided built the garden boxes for Parkview Elementary School in Sicamous. His daughters, Lilian (left) and Ruby (right) helped. (Contributed)

Seeds of knowledge planted at Parkview Elementary in Sicamous

School’s new garden box program made possible by staff, students, volunteers and donations

 

From soil to plant food – here’s what you need to now to have your garden looking its best!

Spring DOs and DON’Ts to get your garden growing strong

Make the most of your green thumb this spring

  • May 10, 2021

 

The Summerland Ornamental Gardens will hold its spring plant sale online. The sale begins May 1. (Contributed)

Summerland Ornamental Gardens to hold online plant sale

Variety of plants available through fundraising event

 

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)
Volunteers are wanted for a community cleanup in Sicamous. (Pixabay photo)

Communities in Bloom backs two cleanups in Sicamous

Volunteers will tidy up public spaces and get flower beds at the seniors centre ready for planting.

Volunteers are wanted for a community cleanup in Sicamous. (Pixabay photo)
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)
A trip to Canadian Tire is in order to help you prepare for the garden of your dreams this Spring!

Colour your thumb green in the garden this Spring!

This outdoor activity brings much more than just a pretty yard

  • Mar 1, 2021
A trip to Canadian Tire is in order to help you prepare for the garden of your dreams this Spring!
A new West Coast Seeds pollinator mix of cosmos pays tribute to Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Submitted photo/ We Are The Northern)

New blend by West Coast Seeds to bloom in Dr. Bonnie Henry’s name

Cosmo blend designed to attract bees, and marketed with tagline ‘Bee Calm, Bee Kind, Bee Safe’

A new West Coast Seeds pollinator mix of cosmos pays tribute to Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Submitted photo/ We Are The Northern)
Spallumcheen's Lloyd Main stands behind his record-breaking 1,000 pound pumpkin at the weigh-in of the annual Pumpkin Growing contest, part of the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce's Harvest Pumpkin Festival Saturday, Oct. 17, at the IPE Grounds. (AS Chamber Photo)

1,000 lb pumpkin tips North Okanagan scale

Spallumcheen’s Lloyd and Erma Main finish one-two with a pair of gourds totalling almost a ton

Spallumcheen's Lloyd Main stands behind his record-breaking 1,000 pound pumpkin at the weigh-in of the annual Pumpkin Growing contest, part of the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce's Harvest Pumpkin Festival Saturday, Oct. 17, at the IPE Grounds. (AS Chamber Photo)
Shuswap community groups seek gardening help

Shuswap community groups seek gardening help

Two Shuswap groups are hoping to attract volunteers for community garden clean-ups…

Shuswap community groups seek gardening help
The Summerland Ornamental Gardens is holding a virtual fall plant sale this year (Photo courtesy of Summerland Ornamental Gardens via Instagram)

Summerland Ornamental Gardens to hold plant sale

Online sale runs Sept. 9 to 19 with wide variety of plants available

The Summerland Ornamental Gardens is holding a virtual fall plant sale this year (Photo courtesy of Summerland Ornamental Gardens via Instagram)
Prolific gardener and canner Bert Revel from Salmon Arm who has won many awards for his fruit, vegetables and famous pies over the years, knows about the shortage of canning jars and lids but managed to buy some before the shortage hit. He also has a collection of jars he maintains from year to year. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Shortage of canning supplies in Shuswap and beyond a side effect of COVID-19

Stores across North America have run out of canning jars and lids

Prolific gardener and canner Bert Revel from Salmon Arm who has won many awards for his fruit, vegetables and famous pies over the years, knows about the shortage of canning jars and lids but managed to buy some before the shortage hit. He also has a collection of jars he maintains from year to year. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Prolific gardener and canner Bert Revel from Salmon Arm who has won many awards for his fruit, vegetables and famous pies over the years, knows about the shortage of canning jars and lids but managed to buy some before the shortage hit. He also has a collection of jars from year to year. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Shortage of canning supplies in Shuswap a side effect of COVID-19

Canning jars and lids in short supply in many places across North America

Prolific gardener and canner Bert Revel from Salmon Arm who has won many awards for his fruit, vegetables and famous pies over the years, knows about the shortage of canning jars and lids but managed to buy some before the shortage hit. He also has a collection of jars from year to year. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Landscaping outside the Sicamous legion is one of the centrepieces of local communities in bloom work. (Photo Contributed)

Work at Sicamous Legion a good start to downtown beautification

Columnist Deb Heap reminds readers that downtown Sicamous is open for business and looking its best.

Landscaping outside the Sicamous legion is one of the centrepieces of local communities in bloom work. (Photo Contributed)
The Summerland Ornamental Gardens have been closed to the public since March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A reopening date has not yet been determined. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland Ornamental Gardens remain closed

Staff and volunteers continue to weed and maintain plants

The Summerland Ornamental Gardens have been closed to the public since March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A reopening date has not yet been determined. (Summerland Review file photo)
(Black Press file photo)

Summerland Ornamental Gardens to hold sale online

Annual fundraiser offers plants for avid gardeners

(Black Press file photo)
Mary Preston plants beets in one row while Melanie Bennett and others prepare other rows for planting during a volunteer work bee the Shuswap Community Teaching Garden on Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Interest in gardening grows in the Shuswap amid COVID-19 crisis

Local gardeners see more people growing food at home

Mary Preston plants beets in one row while Melanie Bennett and others prepare other rows for planting during a volunteer work bee the Shuswap Community Teaching Garden on Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
This year, organizers of the Summerland Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Sharing Stand are calling on local gardeners to help provide fruits and vegetables. (Stock photo)

Summerland’s sharing stand asks gardeners for help

Seeds, starter plants and labour will be provided to participating gardeners

This year, organizers of the Summerland Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Sharing Stand are calling on local gardeners to help provide fruits and vegetables. (Stock photo)
Seeds are a hot item at a couple of Salmon Arm gardening stores this March. (File photo)

Vegetable seeds grow in popularity with Shuswap residents

Pandemic draws a new crowd in Salmon Arm to the joys of growing plants

Seeds are a hot item at a couple of Salmon Arm gardening stores this March. (File photo)
Visitors can find decor, tools and advice at the Grays Harbor Home and Garden Show in May.

COLUMN: The challenge of growing a garden

When I was growing up, I spent countless hours in my grandparents’ huge garden

  • Mar 20, 2020
Visitors can find decor, tools and advice at the Grays Harbor Home and Garden Show in May.