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Garden Gabs: Incredible Edible Penticton

I created this column to highlight urban agriculture and its positive impacts. Therefore, I am thrilled to spotlight a group that is embodying everything I love about urban agriculture. Incredible Edible Penticton is a non-profit that creates a community of kindness through fresh produce grown in urban food gardens. Started in 2014, the group now […]

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Garden Gabs: Okanagan Bat Team

Bats have a specific and special role to play in our ecosystem. Did you know there are 16 types of bats in British Columbia, 14 of which can be found in the Okanagan? We have the greatest diversity of bat species in all of Canada. Recently, I was lucky enough to interview Regional Coordinator of […]

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Garden Gabs: Food Forestry with Richard Walker

Permaculture is a method of gardening that asks the gardener to work with nature rather than against it, with the aim to design ecologically, socially, and economically healthy communities for humans, plants, and animals. It is rooted in thinking of the ecosystem as a whole in order to ensure all parts of the system are […]

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DIY Tutorial: Self-watering pot

Potted plants are a great way to get some greenery into a small space. However, it can be hard to know when to water and you’ll need a plant sitter if you go away for more than a few days. Enter the self-watering pot, the concept, and execution of which is quite simple. You have […]

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Green Roofs and the Urban Heat Island Effect

Penticton is in full festival swing and my wife and I have been enjoying walking downtown for many events. Canada Day was gorgeous and hot! But it wasn’t just the sun getting us, we could feel the heat radiating off the sidewalk. This reminded me of one of the biggest reasons I became passionate about […]

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Garden Gabs: Erin

Microclimates are a fascinating part of our larger weather patterns and understanding them can be the key to success in your garden. Our guest gardener this week is my colleague Erin, who lives in Peachland and has an extensive vegetable garden on her south-facing slope. Peachland’s position on the south aspect of the mountain at […]

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Cool - North/East Aspect Hot - South/West Aspect Tomatoes

Sunny, Shady, Seedy Veg

We are lucky in the Okanagan to have a relatively long growing season with temperatures hot enough to grow most vegetables. As a very novice gardener, I have had great veggie garden success the last few years in my backyard. These plants are forgiving and want to grow and produce for you and your family! […]

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Garden Gabs: Alex

Our series of interviews with local gardeners starts with me! Naturally, I want to let you know what I have growing in my garden. At the end of the year, we’ll check back in with my garden to see what went well, what could have gone better, and how I’ll be transitioning to winter growing. […]

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Introduction

Hello everyone, my name is Alex and I am so excited to be bringing you a new biweekly column with the Penticton Western on urban agriculture relevant to our Okanagan area. I grew up here in Penticton, and have an honours degree in Geography. I have been growing fruit and vegetables in my own garden […]