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NEW SOCIETY BLOG — Gardening

How to Make Your Landscape More Drought Tolerant

The East Vancouver Island Basin has been in a Level 4 drought since early July. The question of how to conserve water and protect the water tables, especially on the Gulf Islands is on many minds. Today, we take an excerpt from Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future by Susan Reed and Ginny Stibolt on making landscapes more drought-tolerant.

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How to Use Yarrow for Medicine

In the summer months, you can often find yarrow and it’s pretty white flowers blooming all around you. Yarrow has a very long history of being used as a medicinal treatment for a range of ailments. Today, we take an excerpt from The Artisan Herbalist where Bevin Cohen explains the background of Yarrow and how you can use it as medicine.

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Hardy Greens for Your Garden

If you are a seasoned gardener, or frequent farmers market shopper, chances are you’ve come across shoulder season greens. These greens can be planted very early in spring and again in late summer for a winter crop. Today, we take an excerpt on hardy greens from The Food Lover’s Garden by Jenni Blackmore on some of the greens that you might want to consider adding to your garden.

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Pawpaw Myths

Have you eaten pawpaw before? Often referred to as Indiana bananas or hipster bananas, they were nearly a forgotten fruit, native to North America. However, they are making a massive comeback with foodies, chefs, craft brewers, and discerning fruit-lovers. Today, we take an excerpt from Pawpaws: The Complete Growing and Marketing Guide, where Blake Cothron explains dispels five common myths about Pawpaws.

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Author Interview with John Albers of Growing Conifers

Today’s blog features an interview with John Albers, the author of the just-released book Growing Conifers: The Complete Illustrated Gardening and Landscaping Guide.

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Pines, Firs, and Cedar Galore: How I Learned To Love Coneheads and Dance with The Conifers They Adore

Some of my best friends are coneheads. You know, conifer geeks. Not all of them, mind you, but some. Enough. Yes, definitely enough!

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Classifying Conifers

With so many varieties of conifer trees, have you ever wondered how people tell them apart? Understanding how the characteristics of trees affect their classification can help you identify different types. Today on the blog, we have an excerpt from Growing Conifers: The Complete Illustrated Gardening and Landscaping Guide on conifer classification. Next time you walk through a forest with conifers, see how many you can classify.

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Cannabinoids

In celebration of 420, we take an excerpt of our book DIY Autoflowering Cannabis: An Easy Way to Grow Your Own by Jeff Lowenfels, in which he outlines the different types of cannabinoids found in cannabis. Today we unpack some of the different types of cannabinoids present in cannabis and look at their effects.

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Create a Framework to Design and Develop Your Land

The process of designing your property, or even a garden bed, can be difficult. With so many considerations, techniques and decisions, many people get overwhelmed in the complex process. Building Your Permaculture Property: A Five-Step Process to Design and Develop Land by Rob Avis, Takota Coen, and Michelle Avis offers a revolutionary holistic method to overcome this. Today, we take an excerpt from Building Your Permaculture Property on how to create a framework to implement your design and develop your land.

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Important Differences Between Organic vs. Conventional No-Till

Farming without tilling has long been the goal of agriculture. The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution: High-Production Methods for Small-Scale Farmers offers a farmer-developed roadmap showing how no-till lowers barriers to starting a small farm. Today on the blog, in celebration of our Spring Sale we have an excerpt from The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution, by Andrew Mefferd.

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You Don't Want To Miss Our Spring Giveaways

Did you hear the news? Spring Giveaway are back! We just couldn’t wait for spring so we decided to start early. This week's giveaway running on Facebook and Instagram, started today, February 20th, for Your Edible Yard: Landscaping with Fruits & Vegetables by Crystal Stevens.

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Pseudo Greek Salad Recipe

This excerpt is from the book From The Food Lover's Garden: Growing, Cooking, and Eating Well by Jenni Blackmore.

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How to Make Elderberry Syrup

This excerpt is from the book The Elderberry Book: Forage, Cultivate, Prepare, Preserve by John Moody.

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How to Grow Cabbage Indoors

This excerpt is from the new book How to Grow Cabbage Indoors: Growing Fruits and Vegetables in Pots by DJ Herda.

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Benefits of Permanent Raised Garden Beds

Today’s excerpt is from the best-selling book The Market Gardener: A successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming by Jean-Martin Fortier.

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