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West Coast Gardener – Creating a Water-Wise Garden

by Matt Hall, Red Feather Horticulture After a summer of record heat and extended drought, it's becoming evident that local gardeners are going to have to contend with hotter, drier and longer summers in future years. As garden designers, we are increasingly suggesting planting schemes that require less water. Whether you're planning a full xeriscapic …

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Living Off the Land – Flora & Fauna Farm: Health and Harvest on the Homestead

by Jo Barnes | photo by Nunn Other Photography When you think of caring for the land, encouraging growth and well-being of plants and animals and an abiding love for the overall environment, the term Mother Nature often springs to mind. At one Saanich farm, the "mother," in this case, has a daughter named Olive. …

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West Coast Gardener – Embrace Your Clay!

by Chris Sigurdson, Peninsula Landscape Supplies As gardeners, we are always plagued with problems that can present significant challenges. These problems could include pests (wildlife and insects), noxious weeds, poor fertility, plant diseases, unexpected changes in environmental conditions … the list goes on. Personally, I always find that the most troublesome issue is the soil. …

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Seaside Homes – A Magnificent Home and “To Die For” View

by Janice Henshaw | photos by Nunn Other Photography An ocean-front Deep Cove property in North Saanich has a newly finished 4,900-square-foot, three-storey home that contractor/designer Chris Walker describes as a "showpiece of beauty and craftsmanship." Chris has been in the design and contracting business for 27 years. He summed up this three-year project: "The …

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