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.
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!
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?
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 . . .
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. . .
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 . . .
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. . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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. . .
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’. . .
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. . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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. . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
‘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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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, . . .
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. . . .
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 . . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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. . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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. . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .