Category Archives: Garden Links

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! 🙂

Children in the Garden

If we are to enjoy, protect and benefit from the earth and all that it creates, then it is necessary to engage children…the younger the better to teach them the joy of gardening, the sacredness of the earth and all that it offers.  For they will grow just as plants do and they will become caretakers of earth, for we are all part of something so much greater then our own individuality.

There is nothing more satisfying then growing your own flowers, trees, plants,  fruits and vegetables with a child and experience their joy, enthusiasm and wonder…so incredibly precious through the eyes of a child.  Gardening is magical, we have only to experience children in the garden with us to see and feel the magic of being part of the ecosystem of the earth.  These two little girls are my beautiful granddaughters.  They are almost 2 & 4 and are the perfect age to garden.  My oldest granddaughter has been gardening with mommy since she could walk so she is well versed with watering…it is her favourite activity besides making mud pies for daddy!

It is important to be safe in the garden.  So we purchased childrens’ garden gloves at the local store.  We put on our gum boots and we only have organic soils to use.  Which is important since my youngest granddaughter, Ashlyn decided she needed to taste the soil to see if it passed inspection.   And of course safety also means never leaving them unattended or unsupervised.

Gardening with them was an incredibly satisfying and fun adventure, watching them laugh and learn about all living things.

Each of the girls helped to plant a cedar tree in a pot to put on daddy’s deck.  Ryla who is almost four ask if the tree would grow today.  I explained to her that it grows like she does from the food and water we feed it and the sunshine it receives…slowly but surely getting bigger and bigger…just like her.

Then we watered the strawberries making a liquid organic fertilizer from the organic soil and water and added it to the strawberries which have not woken up for the season.

Video Link

Good Morning All!

Recently I was interviewed by the Take5 team in regards to my business.  Here is a link if you would like to check it out!  Thanks for watching!  🙂 See you in the garden or the garden centre!

The Endangered Spotted Owl! One priceless perk of being a landscaper!

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Today I worked on a 10 acre rural property, a weekly visit always rewarded by being a part of nature.  Today, while I was trimming a cedar hedge along the wooded driveway, I look directly into the eyes of this beautiful spotted owl, which I should say…is an endangered species.  He was quite curious about what I was doing, and sat for a long while watching.  When he did leave, it was to capture a small bird in mid-flight as swift as he was quiet!  What a wonderful day…and I get paid to be a part of this…yes folks its just part of my work day and I am so thankful to be a small part of it! 🙂

A Great Garden Link for Children

Recently, I received an email offering me a great garden link to put on my website for children.  I have pasted the email below and would like to thank Nicole for her help in researching and sharing her garden link.  Thank you Nicole, what a great find.  There are so many things for children to learn, do and discover in the garden! Hope you have a great summer growing your own garden, with lots of success and fun!

See you in the garden or the garden centre! 🙂

 

Hello,

My name is Erica , I am from Portland, Oregon. Since school ended a few weeks ago, I have been brainstorming outdoor activities and projects My kids can enjoy and learn at the same time. We have been doing some backyard birdwatching, and have also been working on creating a garden in our yard. With the garden we are also researching and identifying insects we come across. We have been doing research online for gardening techniques and learning about flowers, and we thought your page, http://islandgardenscapes.ca/gardening-links/ was very helpful and wanted to thank you!

While we were doing some looking online about flowers and which ones might be best for our garden, My daughter Nicole found this article, http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/gardening-at-home-with-kids/ about gardening for kids. I thought it was a great find by her and thought I’d share it with you so you could add it to your page for other kids to have access to.

Thanks again for all of the helpful information on your page, we really appreciate it! I would love to show Nicole she was able to contribute some knowledge, and if you are able to add the article to your resources I think that would really encourage her to keep on learning and hopefully develop a life long hobby for gardening. Thanks again and hopefully speak to you soon.

Best Wishes,

Erica