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Kristin Crouch

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Kristin Crouch is a master gardener with a diploma in horticulture. Kristin has been gardening for 40 years and likes to share her passion with others.
In 2010, Kristin started her blog, That Bloomin’ Garden, as a way of journalling her garden. Being able to teach new gardeners through her writing has been very rewarding. Kristin has done garden lectures, hosted a television show called “That Bloomin’ Garden” and is now working on her first book.Kristin is very active within the community of Delta, teaching sustainable garden classes, organizing Seedy Saturday events, running the Ladner Community Garden and taking care of her half acre garden. Her current volunteer work has her teaching children how to grow food and flowers. Each year, the grade three students from Southpointe Academy come to the Ladner Community Garden to learn and grow food for the local food bank and other charities.

Avery Hansen

Avery Hansen

Hi! My name is Avery. I am 13 years old and in eighth grade French immersion. As an avid moviegoer, gem collector, artist, and performer, I enjoy just about everything creative. As someone who has grown up around technology, I believe that it is very important to my generation as it enables us to speak out. My blog, Loud and Clear, is a place where I can have a voice, and I can discuss anything from global issues to movie reviews. With the help of the Internet and other forms of social media, my voice as well as many others, will be heard louder than ever before. That’s all for now, but stick around for interesting articles!

Nicole MacKay

Nicole MacKay

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While I do have a formal wine education and industry experience, I don't claim to be an expert, simply someone who wants to share and help educate about wine; from the simplicities to the complexities, depending on who's listening.

Born in North Delta, BC, I attended BCIT for Media Broadcast. It was during my practicum in 2004 in Kelowna, BC, where I started working part time at one of the many highly accoladed Okanagan wineries (Quail's Gate) in the tasting room wine shop. It was here where I got my first insight in the world of wine.

From there, I worked behind the microphone to in front of the camera only to end up as a Marketing Manager for a wine & spirit import agent. This is where I acquired my WSET Level 2 (Wine & Spirit Educational Trust) certification and realized that the quest to learn about wine is neverending, you can dive as deep as you want and never know everything there is to know. One sip takes you to a different world and into unique cultures. And how could you ever stop wanting to learn more about that?

  • Blog: How to grow potatoes for the home gardener

    Growing potatoes in the home garden is probably one of the easiest vegetables to start with if you are a beginner gardener. With the threat of frost behind us it’s time to shop for certified seed . . .

    Kristin CrouchMarch 19, 2019

  • Blog: March brings warmer temperatures in the garden

    March has finally brought us some better weather with night time lows above 0C. I know, its about time. Now we can get started on our spring garden plans. Pruning Shrubs and Trees: . . .

    Kristin CrouchMarch 6, 2019

  • Blog: Starting your spring vegetable garden

    It’s almost March and time to think about planting some cool season crops inside the home or in the greenhouse. Why cool season crops first? That’s because these plants don’t mind being planted out. . .

    Kristin CrouchFebruary 19, 2019

  • Blog: Baby, it’s warm out there!

    Baby, it’s warm out there and it’s only January. On this day last year it was -6C in the Lower Mainland and it was 6C when I woke up this morning. Being a dry day it was time to get out in the . . .

    Kristin CrouchJanuary 9, 2019

  • Blog: Wreath making made easy!

    Wreath making is easy and anyone can be creative. I asked some family members if they would be interested in getting together to make a wreath for the holidays. Everyone was so excited to make . . .

    Kristin CrouchDecember 6, 2018

  • Blog: Best dollar store garden hack for containers

    I was so excited this summer when I found the best dollar store hack for my containers. I have a couple of woven resin containers that came with plastic liners but the problem was the liners were . . .

    Kristin CrouchOctober 16, 2018

  • Blog: It’s time to plant spring bulbs!

    It’s the end of summer and I am planning the fall garden. Cooler days will have us planting new perennials and doing some changes in the garden. You would think after 14 years that the garden would. . .

    Kristin CrouchSeptember 11, 2018

  • Blog: Look what I got in the mail - new plants!

    There is nothing more exciting than receiving a box of plants in the mail. This year I was privileged to receive a box of ten plants from Proven Winners. Proven Winners is a popular grower here in . . .

    Kristin CrouchAugust 21, 2018

  • Blog: My best All-American Selection plants for 2018

    As I walked the garden today I thought about which plants were the best of the All-American Selections that I grew from seed this year. This spring I received a box of seeds from the All American . . .

    Kristin CrouchJuly 31, 2018

  • Blog: Failures in the garden happen to all of us

    It wouldn’t be summer without a few failures and successes in the garden. Let’s look at one big boo boo in my kitchen garden. Last fall we topped off five out of the six raised beds in the kitchen . . .

    Kristin CrouchJuly 25, 2018

  • Blog: The Big Apple

    I’m not someone who travels often, though I would very much like to be. So I was ecstatic when I learned my family was visiting New York. After a month of anticipation, a five-hour plane ride, and . . .

    Avery HansenMay 28, 2018

  • Blog: Rethinking the way we plant our gardens

    Yes, it’s time to rethink the way we plant our gardens. As I prepare to take a tour of high school students through the garden, I had to call and warn them to bring umbrellas and boots. Rain has . . .

    Kristin CrouchApril 16, 2018

  • Blog: A walk in the March garden

    The March garden tasks are behind schedule this year. The last couple of months have brought us cool weather, much like last year. Although its been on the cool side this month there is always . . .

    Kristin CrouchMarch 31, 2018

  • Blog: It’s a Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo weekend!

    Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo returns on March 3, 2018. This is a fundraiser for the Ladner Community Garden Society. The Ladner Community Garden opened in 2011 and each year they . . .

    Kristin CrouchFebruary 27, 2018

  • Blog: Learn how to grow vegetables all year round

    Would you like to learn how to grow your own food all year round? Living on the south coast of British Columbia means we are often warmer than most areas of the country during winter. With . . .

    Kristin CrouchJanuary 9, 2018

  • Blog: 14 amazing tomatoes you need to grow!

    My tomato seeds are now available! Yes it’s time to think about planning for the 2018 garden. I saved seeds from many different plants this year but if you have been reading my blog for a while, . . .

    Kristin CrouchJanuary 2, 2018

  • Blog: Gift ideas for the gardener in the family

    There are so many great gift ideas for the gardener in the family. Each year I wish for a load of soil or manure but my family never obliges. Just kidding, no one will buy you soil for Christmas . . .

    Kristin CrouchDecember 3, 2017

  • Blog: The 2017 Vegetable Garden-What Worked & What Didn’t

    What worked for you in the vegetable garden and what didn’t? It definitely was a strange year so today I am going over a few things that happened this year in the vegetable garden. . . .

    Kristin CrouchNovember 21, 2017

  • Blog: Support your local B.C. seed growers

    It’s time to support your local B.C. seed growers. I have just returned from the B.C. Seed Gathering where farmers, seed growers and seed savers met to discuss everything related to seed. From . . .

    Kristin CrouchNovember 14, 2017

  • Blog: The power of seed - my monster plant

    I am always amazed at the power of seed. One seed that can be carefully nurtured and grow into a full-sized plant. Of course, in nature plants produce hundreds if not thousands of seeds so that at . . .

    Kristin CrouchSeptember 30, 2017

  • Blog: The path of totality

    Unless you are hiding under a rock, you’ve heard about this summer’s solar eclipse. Unlike my home in British Columbia, Oregon, USA was in the path of totality- where the sun would be 100 per cent . . .

    Avery HansenSeptember 5, 2017

  • Blog: My garden tells me what’s for dinner

    My garden tells me what’s for dinner each day as I walk to see the how the crops are doing. I was surprised last week when I said that to someone and they thought how interesting that was. For me . . .

    Kristin CrouchSeptember 3, 2017

  • Blog: Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - Loving pink and purple

    It’s Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and garden writers all over the world share their gardens over at May Dreams Gardens. I am loving the pinks and purples in the garden this month. Let’s take a peek at. . .

    Kristin CrouchJuly 17, 2017

  • Blog: Gemology

    Have you ever heard the expression “Don’t judge a book by its cover?" You probably have. It's a cheesy phrase that you see on bumper stickers or as an overused cheesy movie plot. It usually . . .

    Avery HansenJuly 10, 2017

  • Blog: It’s a Garden Tour Party!

    June is here and we are getting the garden ready for a garden tour reception. In a couple of weeks we expect about thirty people to attend a dinner party. It seems like each month we have . . .

    Kristin CrouchJune 10, 2017

  • Blog: Are you planting warm season crops?

    Are you planting your warm season crops? With the nights warming up this week it’s time to get all your planting done. This week tomatoes, basil, beans, cucumbers, zucchini, sweet potatoes and . . .

    Kristin CrouchMay 27, 2017

  • Blog: Help! I have grown way too many tomatoes!

    Help! I have grown way too many tomatoes again. I get into planting mode and don’t know when to stop. So I am having a plant sale this weekend. Not only will I have over 500 heirloom tomato . . .

    Kristin CrouchMay 3, 2017

  • Blog: The four seasons of the shade garden

    The four seasons of the shade garden can be filled with colour as long as you use the right plants. Your evergreens are the bones of the garden providing you with year round colour. Let’s take a . . .

    Kristin CrouchApril 25, 2017

  • Blog: Are my herb plants dead?

    Yesterday I did a talk on herbs and one of the first things we talked about was how some of our plants look dead. Here it is April and we are used to seeing things lush and green but this year isn’. . .

    Kristin CrouchApril 10, 2017

  • Blog: Pruning flowering shrubs and winter damage

    It’s already March but it’s time to think about pruning in the garden. For many of us, we haven’t been able to get in the garden due to all the snow we had this winter. Spring is finally here on . . .

    Kristin CrouchMarch 23, 2017

  • Blog: What I love about garden shows

    I love garden shows! Last week Farmer Jim and I travelled to Seattle to attend the Northwest Flower and Garden show. I was speaking about ‘How to Create a Successful Kitchen Garden’ at the show . . .

    Kristin CrouchMarch 1, 2017

  • Blog: Why I won't buy wine in the USA

    I found myself with a small window of free this time past weekend and decided to make the trek across the border. I hit up Target and Trader Joe’s in Bellingham for a few necessities and thought it. . .

    Nicole MacKayFebruary 18, 2017

  • Blog: Want to plant a vegetable garden? Read this first!

    Are you new to vegetable gardening? Read this first to give you an idea of what you need to know to get started. Growing your own food is rewarding but here are a few tips to get you started.. . .

    Kristin CrouchFebruary 16, 2017

  • Blog: Get Your Boots On - It's Time for Gardening!

    Yes, gardening time is here and I have no excuse to be inside. I can’t wait to get some seeds planted in the greenhouse. I have new seeds to try this year but its best to wait until the end of . . .

    Kristin CrouchJanuary 30, 2017

  • Blog: Bulletproof Plants for the Millennial Garden

    It wasn’t until last spring that I saw changes in what plants were being bought. I found new gardeners wanted bulletproof plants like those grown long ago. With a huge choice of plants for sale I . . .

    Kristin CrouchJanuary 18, 2017

  • Blog: It’s January and I am already gardening!

    It’s January and I am already gardening! It’s a busy week as I prepare for some of my first garden talks. I love talking about growing food. There is always something new to grow each year. I have . . .

    Kristin CrouchJanuary 11, 2017

  • Blog: A Canadian Christmas

    It’s not very often that I just happen to come upon a wine. I often seek out new and interesting bottles in the liquor store, or happily open a bottle I’d never tried that a guest brings for a . . .

    Nicole MacKayJanuary 7, 2017

  • Blog: The December vegetable garden

    Yesterday I walked the garden after being away on holidays for a week. I had been enjoying 34C weather in Mexico and it was hard to adapt to the 5C temperature when we returned home. I could get. . .

    Kristin CrouchDecember 6, 2016

  • Blog: Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - November 2016

    Living here on the West Coast of British Columbia brings us mild but wet winters. It seems like it hasn’t stopped raining since the beginning of October. Today on the 15th day of the month garden . . .

    Kristin CrouchNovember 21, 2016

  • Blog: It's time to plant garlic

    Here on the south-west coast of British Columbia its time to plant garlic if you haven’t already. I started planting my garlic around the beginning of October but had to wait to plant the rest as I. . .

    Kristin CrouchOctober 30, 2016

  • Blog: Getting ready for winter in the kitchen garden

    I have been busy getting the kitchen garden ready for winter. We have just had 10 days of rain so it’s not been good gardening weather but stuff has to get done. From planting garlic, broad beans . . .

    Kristin CrouchOctober 24, 2016

  • Blog: Northwest Flower and Garden Show excitement!

    Northwest Flower and Garden Show, here I come! I am over the moon with excitement. Its official. I will be speaking at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle, Washington. I love the . . .

    Kristin CrouchOctober 18, 2016

  • Blog: Sips Review: Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis

    So I’ve had this blog post drafted for awhile but haven’t been able to muster the energy or inspiration to finish it. I had a theme in mind (new beginnings) and I had a wine to review (Domaine . . .

    Nicole MacKayOctober 17, 2016

  • Blog: West Coast garden chores for September

    It's nearing the end of September and the nights are getting chilly. It's time to harvest the last of the tomatoes, basil, cucumbers and peppers if you haven’t already done so. Today I emptied . . .

    Kristin CrouchSeptember 29, 2016

  • Blog: September is Composting Time!

    Cool fall mornings are here and its time to get some of the garden clean up done before frost arrives. I always start in the greenhouse and this week I pulled out the nine tomato plants as they . . .

    Kristin CrouchSeptember 20, 2016

  • Blog: 6 spectacular Dahlias for the garden

    I love Dahlias but often when I mention my favourites, people assume they are all the large dinner plate or cactus flowering types. I am a big fan of the collarette dahlias like Moonlight Mist, . . .

    Kristin CrouchSeptember 6, 2016

  • Blog: Six great tomatoes to grow

    It’s the crazy tomato lady again. Yes, I went overboard again this year and have three raised beds of tomatoes. If you have followed my blog over the years, you will know I am just slightly crazy . . .

    Kristin CrouchAugust 29, 2016

  • Blog: Planting the kitchen garden in August

    August in the kitchen garden is a time for change. Last month I harvested the garlic and onions so two beds were empty. What was I going to plant next? I had started some cauliflower . . .

    Kristin CrouchAugust 19, 2016

  • Blog: Where's the time for solitude and wine?

    As most new moms can relate, it’s difficult to get time for ‘me.’ When our 9-month-old twins go to bed I find I’m cleaning the kitchen, making grocery lists, prepping meals for the next day or . . .

    Nicole MacKayJuly 15, 2016

  • Blog: Shop, buy and be happy

    If you’re like me, you actually don’t really enjoy shopping for wine. The process is a little stressful. Unless I go into the shop knowing exactly what I need to get, I end up browsing the aisles . . .

    Nicole MacKayJune 16, 2016

  • Blog: The Herb Wheel Garden is Planted!

    Two weeks after the scouts and guides helped to build the herb wheel garden, they returned to the Ladner Community Garden to plant it. I had done up some instructions on a white board so the kids . . .

    Kristin CrouchJune 9, 2016

  • Blog: Sips Review - Brunel Crozes-Hermitage

    Let me start by saying that this review is not a part of my summer rosé quest. I didn’t begin the day thinking I’d open a bottle of wine but by the time it came to have dinner, I thought to myself . . .

    Nicole MacKayJune 8, 2016

  • Blog: BC Greenhouse Day

    Last Saturday Farmer Jim and I headed over to Westcoast Greenhouses as they were one of the participating greenhouses open that day. To celebrate BC Greenhouse day several greenhouses were open to . . .

    Kristin CrouchMay 26, 2016

  • Blog: Creating a Herb Garden Wheel

    Last week I was asked if the scouts and guides could come to the Ladner Community Garden and do a garden project. There is always something to do at the garden from weeding to planting. The group . . .

    Kristin CrouchMay 26, 2016

  • Blog: Cucamelon Surprise in the Garden

    Last year I grew cucamelons from seed and planted them in our new kitchen garden. I had done research on how to grow them and how to save the seeds. They were easy to grow but sulked for about a . . .

    Kristin CrouchMay 12, 2016

  • Blog: May Brings New Flowers

    It's been a busy week in the greenhouse and hardening off plants for the garden. I was so busy I hadn’t realized the roses were in bloom. You know what they say, stop and smell the roses. It’s so . . .

    Kristin CrouchMay 3, 2016

  • Blog: Sips Review: Quail's Gate Rosé

    ‘Never say no to a rosé’ -- that’s my mantra this spring and summer. Much like Morgan Spurlock required himself to upsize his order (when asked) in Super Size Me, I’m going to drink only rosé when . . .

    Nicole MacKayApril 29, 2016

  • Blog: Adding Fragrance to the Garden

    Yesterday I talked to a low vision club about fragrance in the garden. I wasn’t until I was preparing for this talk that I realized how important fragrance was to me. I find that when I walk . . .

    Kristin CrouchApril 21, 2016

  • Blog: What is Hardening Off Your Plants?

    Are you growing seedlings for the garden? If so, how do you get your plants ready for planting outside? If you grow plants from seed in your home or greenhouse there is a transition period before . . .

    Kristin CrouchApril 13, 2016

  • Blog: Into the Woods!

    Over the course of the past five months, I have had the privilege of being part of something big. Something FUN. Our friends Tracy Neff and Tony Barton have started a theatre company called Delta . . .

    Avery HansenApril 11, 2016

  • Blog: Planning Colour for the Shade Garden

    I love shade gardening. Its my refuge to a garden full of wonderful foliage plants. You see after flowers finish, the foliage of plants remain. It’s wise to chose plants with either great leaves, . . .

    Kristin CrouchMarch 31, 2016

  • Blog: My Secret to Great Soil in the Vegetable Garden

    I hummed and hawed over the title for this blog post. You see I wanted to call it the secret to a great harvest or the secret to a great garden. Truth is you need to feed the soil, not the plants. . . .

    Kristin CrouchMarch 17, 2016

  • Blog: Sustainable Garden Classes are Back!

    It’s that time again. The Corporation of Delta has opened registration for their sustainable garden classes. Over the gardening season you will see lots of topics covered. I begin next week with a . . .

    Kristin CrouchMarch 3, 2016

  • Blog: My Tomato List for 2016

    It’s that time again. I am now in the greenhouse starting my summer plants. Right now the greenhouse is full of cool season crops such as peas, lettuce, kale, cilantro, snapdragon and sweet peas. I. . .

    Kristin CrouchFebruary 22, 2016

  • Blog: Mayne Island Seedy Saturday-How to Divide Perennials

    Last weekend I travelled to Mayne Island to give a short talk on how to divide perennials. What a great day I had. Not only did I meet so many amazing gardeners but I saw my first daffodil blooms in. . .

    Kristin CrouchFebruary 9, 2016

  • Blog: Growing From Seed for Your Kitchen Garden

    I am working on a class in early March and participants will be planting up a salad container to take home. There is nothing better than being able to harvest fresh salad greens in spring for use in. . .

    Kristin CrouchJanuary 29, 2016

  • Blog: Part of the Star Wars fandom family

    Hey guys! Avery here. So today I’m not going to talk about the environment or family or any mushy stuff. Today I invite you to take a break and read what could possibly be my most important blog . . .

    Avery HansenJanuary 27, 2016

  • Blog: Planning the garden to use less water

    It was over a dinner meeting with a few of our community gardeners that the subject of last summers drought came up. It was then that I found out our watering restrictions would begin two weeks . . .

    Kristin CrouchJanuary 13, 2016

  • Blog: Let’s Sow Seeds In Winter

    There is always something new to learn in the garden. This winter I have been reading up on how to winter sow. Winter sowing is the planting of seeds in the winter. Yes, the winter. By planting . . .

    Kristin CrouchDecember 28, 2015

  • Blog: It’s December and I Bought My First Seeds!

    I know I should be shopping for gifts this month but I have barely started. Last month I took the Nanowrimo challenge and wrote my 50,000 word novel. I had to take a few days off from writing and . . .

    Kristin CrouchDecember 3, 2015

  • Blog: Save the Date-Ladner Seedy Saturday is Coming!

    It's been a busy November as I work on Ladner Seedy Saturday, write a book and watch my grandchildren. Throw in a bit of elder care and days are flying by. It’s almost the holiday season and I am . . .

    Kristin CrouchNovember 19, 2015

  • Blog: My Successes and Failures in the 2015 Flower Garden

    This week I am looking back at which flowers did well this past summer and which didn’t. With our hot summer and strict water restrictions many plants didn’t cut it. The first plants I lost were . . .

    Kristin CrouchNovember 10, 2015

  • Blog: Halloween is Here!

    When the bright green leaves start to turn crispy and brittle, and the watermelons at the front of Save-On-Foods are replaced by oversized gourds and pumpkins (Seriously, they are huge.) you might. . .

    Avery HansenOctober 28, 2015

  • Blog: Dear Dahlia, Until We Meet Again

    I am sad to say that my dahlias are up and ready to be packed away for the winter. I hate to see them go but our traditionally wet weather in winter is not good for them. Many people leave them in . . .

    Kristin CrouchOctober 23, 2015

  • Blog: Abkhazi Garden- A Love Story

    Of all the gardens we toured in Victoria BC, this one was my favourite. Imagine two lovers parted for many years finally reconnecting and building a sanctuary like this garden has become. Read the . . .

    Kristin CrouchOctober 6, 2015

  • Blog: Was It Worth It To Grow My Own Food?

    Over the summer I have been weighing all the food I have harvested. Why you ask? I wanted to see how much I could grow in our six raised beds. Then I wondered, was all this work worth the effort. . . .

    Kristin CrouchSeptember 28, 2015

  • Blog: A Garden With Character

    I had the opportunity to visit the Mike and Jo Priestley garden in Mission last weekend. It’s definitely a garden that really shows who lives there. I love gardens with character. This garden was . . .

    Kristin CrouchSeptember 18, 2015

  • Blog: Save Seeds, Save Money

    Last week I taught a class about the importance of seed saving. Seed saving has been done for thousands of years. You can save seeds from plants in your garden and dry them to use for years to . . .

    Kristin CrouchSeptember 8, 2015

  • Blog: It's the Year of the Cucamelon!

    I know what you are thinking, what’s a cucamelon? I asked the same question last year as I watched and read posts of this unique and tasty fruit. I saw colleagues of mine growing it in the mid west . . .

    Kristin CrouchAugust 31, 2015

  • Blog: I found my knight in shining armour!

    You must be wondering why I am out walking several times a week. I am on a mission to get fit but also find some beautiful gardens. What I love about walking is how much more I see in people’s . . .

    Kristin CrouchAugust 13, 2015

  • Blog: Making big decisions

    Recently I faced one of the biggest and hardest choices of my life... Deciding whether to stay at my school, Holly, or switching to Cliff Drive for French Immersion. At first when my mum's friend . . .

    Avery HansenAugust 13, 2015

  • Blog: Kitchen Garden Update-August 2015

    When I look back at old photos it’s hard to believe that I actually gardened in this heavy clay soil. Hoeing out the clods of soil to a manageable tilth was hard work. I never realized how . . .

    Kristin CrouchAugust 5, 2015

  • Blog: Basil in Cookies, You Bet!

    Remember the other day when I said I had to harvest basil. I went out the next morning and clipped a large bowl of sweet basil. I knew I would make some pesto as it so easy. If you haven’t made . . .

    Kristin CrouchJuly 22, 2015

  • Blog: Look What’s Growing in the The Kitchen Garden

    I must say the weather in June and July has been perfect for growing vegetables. Everything is doing well and I have started to harvest the first tomatoes. The garden was planted during the first . . .

    Kristin CrouchJuly 15, 2015

  • Blog: Canada Day in Ottawa

    The past few days in Ontario have been really busy and filled with adventure! But all the fun really started on Canada Day. We spent Canada Day in downtown Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. Where we. . .

    Avery HansenJuly 13, 2015

  • Blog: Day 1 and 2 in Ottawa

    Hello from my cousin’s house in Ottawa! School just ended, so my family and I hopped on a plane (for four hours… Ugh!), and arrived in Ottawa,Ontario- the capital of Canada! From there we drove to . . .

    Avery HansenJuly 3, 2015

  • Blog: The Kitchen Garden-Harvest Time is Near

    Today we end the month of June as being the driest month on record. I can attest to that. Its been tough to work in the garden. I find myself enjoying early mornings or later in the evening to work . . .

    Kristin CrouchJuly 3, 2015

  • Blog: Building a Kitchen Garden-Part Three

    The new kitchen garden is finally planted! I am excited to get some of my many hundreds of plants in the ground. I still have lots of perennials to go in the ground so I will keep plugging along. I . . .

    Kristin CrouchJune 22, 2015

  • Blog: A Walk in the Garden in June

    Now that June is here the roses are at their peak. Above is the greenhouse like arbor on the far side of the garden covered in pink roses. Climbing roses do well on this large support system and . . .

    Kristin CrouchJune 4, 2015

  • Blog: Pest Alert-Coreopsis Leaf Beetle

    Last year I started some Coreopsis from seed. Being its perennial I knew I would have to wait until year two to see blooms but that was OK. I had seen the gorgeous blooms at the community garden . . .

    Kristin CrouchMay 28, 2015

  • Blog: Garden Bloggers Bloom Day-May 2015

    It’s such a great time of year. I can’t help but take lots of photos in the garden. It seems like ages since I have seen my old friends in the garden. Yes, that’s what they are. You would think I . . .

    Kristin CrouchMay 19, 2015

  • Blog: Alert! Plant sales in Ladner

    Calling all gardeners, are you ready to shop for summer? This weekend there are four plant sales going on in Ladner. I can’t wait to share them with you. If you are a regular reader you know I am . . .

    Kristin CrouchApril 28, 2015

  • Blog: Planning My Summer Containers

    Last September I wrote about the city’s container plantings in the downtown core. I love great foliage in the garden so this really pulled at my heartstrings. I know the city worker responsible . . .

    Kristin CrouchApril 15, 2015

  • Blog: Green Gardening Tips

    Keep it organic - One thing I leaned over the years is Mother Nature knows how to take care of her garden. She doesn’t add chemical fertilizers or use insecticides. She lets nature take care of . . .

    Kristin CrouchMarch 26, 2015

  • Blog: Signs

    Everyone has something to say and different ways to say it. Sometimes it's something inspirational or kind and true but sometimes its the exact opposite. Sure, when you think of signs you probably . . .

    Avery HansenMarch 20, 2015

  • Blog: Happy Sew Lucky Crafts

    Hey guys! I want you to think back to the time when you were at the store with your parents. You were walking up to the counter with them, when you saw the most adorable plushies for sale on a rack . . .

    Avery HansenMarch 18, 2015

  • Blog: It's a Giveaway on the Blog!

    Since spring is just around the corner, I thought this would be a good week to do a giveaway. I haven’t done one before so it's my first. Be patient as I learn the ropes as a newbie. Spring arrived . . .

    Kristin CrouchMarch 12, 2015

  • Blog: Free Sustainable Garden Classes Start Soon-Have you Registered?

    It’s that time of year again. Garden season is beginning and we are all anxious to get outside after a long winter. Do you have a brown thumb? Many people don’t want to fail at gardening but there . . .

    Kristin CrouchMarch 6, 2015

  • Blog: The First Tomato Seeds are Planted!

    It is tomato seed planting time and I spent an hour this morning washing trays and cell packs to get ready for seed planting. I like to be sure my planting pots are nice and clean especially with . . .

    Kristin CrouchFebruary 26, 2015

  • Blog: Garden to Do List for February

    I have never had such a wonderfully mild winter as this one. Signs of spring abound and if it stays like this until the end of the week, the chance of cold weather has passed. Yesterday we needed . . .

    Kristin CrouchFebruary 10, 2015

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