Category Archives: Environmental Issues in Canada

Environmental issues in Canada. The importance of the ecosystem to every living creature in Canada.

Island Garden Scapes-a family business!

To all of our clients…thank you for giving us the opportunity to show you what we can do for you!  Cheers!

Call us for all your lawn and landscape needs… thank you from Tim, Trevor, Mike, Miss Ryla, Kathleen and baby Ashlyn.

My Garden Labyrinth

In an earlier post, I uploaded a garden labyrinth design for my own back yard.  The challenge is to create privacy and grow all of my own food this year.  Each year I grow more of my own food and this year I would like to grow 100% of it organically.  I have purchased all organic seed.  This is important as seed that is not organic has residual chemicals which would be left in the soil.  I have purchased organic soil from Milan on Brenton-Page road-250-667-1029     https://www.facebook.com/highlineenvironmental/

The first two garden boxes took 2 yards of soil to fill.  Each box measures 4 foot x 8 foot and are 12 inches high.  I placed them parallel along the south side of my driveway with enough space between them to get a lawn mower or a wheel barrow between them.  This area of the yard is very wet due to the gray water from the laundry room being drained here, so it should be a perfect place for a growing medium.  I have added bone meal and blood meal to the boxes and worked it in.  I will test the soil today and see how high the nutrient level is and if anything more is required.   In a few days I will plant some early vegetables.  It is a busy season already so I will have to fit my garden time in after work as I did the last two nights.  When buying seeds it is important to verify they are organic non-GMO seeds.  West Coast seeds are offered for sale at almost every garden centre and many other retail outlets.  They also offer mail order for convenience.  They are high quality certified organic seeds and their website is a wealth of information on gardening.

Cheer!

See you in the garden or the garden centre! 🙂

Plant a Tree

Make a commitment to plant a tree and make a difference in your own world!

“Trees are a vital organ of our planet and our survival. Our forests control climate, cycle water, protect soil, store carbon, supply medicine and most importantly produce more than 40 percent of the world’s oxygen. Currently, trees cover approximately 31 percent of the earth. They are home to up to 90 percent of the world’s land-based biodiversity and half of all known species live in tropical forests. Indigenous peoples around the world rely on forests for housing and food, while the developing world relies on forests for a range of products.” http://therevolutionmovie.com/index.php/open-your-eyes/deforestation/intro/

My back yard this morning Feb 3rd, 2017

This winter on Vancouver Island has had unusual weather patterns for the last two months.  After finishing a spring garden clean up two days ago, this is what we woke up to in Ladysmith BC (mid-island on the east side of Vancouver Island).

It has finally stopped snowing…so much for spring clean ups…at least I got two finished!!!

Being a Landscape Gardener!

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Environmental Rights are Human Rights By David Suzuki

Recently an interview with David Suzuki was published in one of our local free magazines “Common Ground” on Environmental Issues.  This should be of concern for every Canadian.  I was shocked to learn that Canada has become the world leader in pristine deforestation.  And even more shocked to learn that ” The right to live in a healthy environment is recognized by more than 110 nations – but not Canada.”  as stated by David Suzuki.  I do agree with Suzuki that this should be of utmost importance to every Canadian.  We live in one of the largest countries in the world with the most fresh water yet cannot drink it without adding chemicals to kill the bacteria and parasites that industrialization has added.  In essence it has become a catch 22 situation.  Where we are damned if we do and damned if we don’t.  I believe the earth provides everything we need for health and happiness…without the chemicals.  Please stand up for Canada and your quality of life.  Write your member of parliament, grow some of your own food organically, plant a tree, join your local garden club, volunteer at your local community garden, support organic farmers, buy local, compost your kitchen scraps and recycle everything possible and above all else educate yourself on what is going on in your community and your country before it is too late to turn back!  Please be part of the solution and do what you can to create positive change!

 

Portrait of David Suzuki