What we’re doing now to prepare for watering restrictions

What we’re doing now to prepare for watering restrictions

Stage 1 watering restrictions went into effect in Vancouver on May 15, two weeks ahead of last year. So far, the rules apply to lawns and car washing only, but I’m not taking any chances. 2015 saw Stage 3 watering restrictions, which affect vegetable gardens, in effect by July. If the same thing happens this…

Solving irrigation issues with Oyas

Solving irrigation issues with Oyas

This summer, Vancouver was hit with the worst drought in recent memory. Stage three watering restrictions were enforced for the first time in years. For gardeners like me, this meant that the usual watering methods – like soaker hoses on timers – were now illegal. Hand-watering, or using spring-loaded hose nozzles, were the only options….

Growing vegetables during watering restrictions

Growing vegetables during watering restrictions

As of July 21, Stage 3 watering restrictions are in effect across Vancouver. I should have been prepared for this news. It’s been predicted for a while. But it was still hard to take.

How to harvest vegetables and save water

How to harvest vegetables and save water

This past weekend, Vancouver had its first rain in a long time. I’ve never been so excited for cloudy skies. But we’re not out of the woods with B.C.’s drought yet. Vancouver has recently entered stage 3 watering restrictions, a step up from the stage 2 restrictions we faced earlier this summer. Now, only hand-watering…

Gardening in a heat wave: five ways to nurture plants in hot weather

Gardening in a heat wave: five ways to nurture plants in hot weather

Gardening gives us a front-row seat to changes in our climate and weather. Plants are incredibly sensitive to variations in temperature and daylight, and by observing them closely, we can get cues about our surroundings that would otherwise fall below human perception. The timing of opening flowers, ripening fruit, pest invasions and germinating seeds tell…

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