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Minimum of two-year waitlists at all Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows community gardens. (The News files)

Community gardens hit with multi-year waitlists in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Both cities looking at how to adjust to increase in local gardeners

 

Norah Theilade, a volunteer at the Intergenerational Garden, with Dylan Meunier, Natasha Oaknan and Madisyn Bolognese, Grade 3 students at Eric Langton elementary. (The News files)

Maple Ridge garden wins $5,000 in nationwide contest

Intergenerational Garden won the Scott’s Gro for Good Social Media contest

 

The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Seniors Network’s Intergenerational Garden could win $2,500 in a social media contest put on by Scotts Canada Ltd.. (Colleen Flanagan-THE NEWS)

Maple Ridge community garden needs shares and likes to win $2,500 in social media contest

Scott’s Gro for Good social media contest runs until Tuesday, Oct. 4

 

This image provided by the USDA Agricultural Research Service shows a closeup of a mosquito on human skin. (USDA Agricultural Research Service via AP)

How to take your garden and yard back from the mosquitoes

Eliminating these biting pests from your yard will not adversely affect the ecosystem

This image provided by the USDA Agricultural Research Service shows a closeup of a mosquito on human skin. (USDA Agricultural Research Service via AP)
Maple Ridge’s Nick Blomley shared a picture of the boulevard outside his home. “After the major roadwork on 216th Street, we spread wildflower seeds. They’ve come up nicely, and attract pollinators and passersby,” he said. “Hoping the city doesn’t come and mow them down too soon!” (Special to The News)

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  • Jul 5, 2022
Maple Ridge’s Nick Blomley shared a picture of the boulevard outside his home. “After the major roadwork on 216th Street, we spread wildflower seeds. They’ve come up nicely, and attract pollinators and passersby,” he said. “Hoping the city doesn’t come and mow them down too soon!” (Special to The News)
Mike Lee had to admire his wife’s first rose of the season blossoming recently in front of their Maple Ridge condo. (Special to The News)

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  • Jun 29, 2022
Mike Lee had to admire his wife’s first rose of the season blossoming recently in front of their Maple Ridge condo. (Special to The News)
Lauren Strever shared a picture of one of her first roses in full bloom in her backyard garden in Maple Ridge. (Special to The News)

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  • Jun 18, 2022
Lauren Strever shared a picture of one of her first roses in full bloom in her backyard garden in Maple Ridge. (Special to The News)
Hazel May was mesmerized by the vibrant colours some poppies offered along Hammond Road in Pitt Meadows. (Special to The News)

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  • Jun 13, 2022
Hazel May was mesmerized by the vibrant colours some poppies offered along Hammond Road in Pitt Meadows. (Special to The News)
Spring-time is in full bloom. Ahead of summer’s official arrival in just a few weeks, Derrick Meal of Maple Ridge took a photograph of this sea of purple and white Osteospermums – African daisies. (Special to The News)

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  • Jun 8, 2022
Spring-time is in full bloom. Ahead of summer’s official arrival in just a few weeks, Derrick Meal of Maple Ridge took a photograph of this sea of purple and white Osteospermums – African daisies. (Special to The News)
Elena Erokhina and Mike Mercier won for best back yard garden in 2018. (Special to The News)

Plant Your Plate, win Maple Ridge food garden contest

City hall’s Agricultural Advisory Committee promotes better food growing

Elena Erokhina and Mike Mercier won for best back yard garden in 2018. (Special to The News)
A new gardening group is being formed in Maple Ridge. (Special to The News)
A new gardening group is being formed in Maple Ridge. (Special to The News)
Flowers

Slow flowers

Growing sustainability in the floral industry

  • Mar 14, 2022
Flowers
Butchart Gardens - Handout

Creating the Japanese Garden

A place to think, meditate and be at peace

  • Aug 11, 2021
Butchart Gardens - Handout
Harman Deep Brar and his wife Kiran, have grown radishes more than one metre in length. (Special to The News)

Radishes more than a metre long grown by Maple Ridge gardeners

Harman Deep Brar and his wife Kiran have been growing radishes in their backyard for two years

Harman Deep Brar and his wife Kiran, have grown radishes more than one metre in length. (Special to The News)
Intergenerational Garden coordinator Makenna Patrick accepts a cheque for $5,000 from Envision Financial Ridge Meadows branch manager Sherri Tongue. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)

Maple Ridge teaching garden is funded for another year with generous donation

Envision Financial Ridge Meadow branch donated $5,000 to help garden

Intergenerational Garden coordinator Makenna Patrick accepts a cheque for $5,000 from Envision Financial Ridge Meadows branch manager Sherri Tongue. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
The garden centre owners encourage residents to explore ways to conserve water when gardening. (Sara Williams/Special to The News)

Maple Ridge farm owners share tips to help gardens survive extreme heat

Best way to get into gardening is to go out and get your hands dirty, says the couple

The garden centre owners encourage residents to explore ways to conserve water when gardening. (Sara Williams/Special to The News)
Maple Ridge's Randy Phillips shared this picture of the community Garden on Edge Street, which he took on Canada Day. "Grateful to be Canadian and live here, with all the good people of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows," he said, "wishing you much peace, love, laughter, faith." (Special to The News)

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  • Jul 5, 2021
Maple Ridge's Randy Phillips shared this picture of the community Garden on Edge Street, which he took on Canada Day. "Grateful to be Canadian and live here, with all the good people of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows," he said, "wishing you much peace, love, laughter, faith." (Special to The News)
Digging up an overgrown bamboo patch is no easy feat. (Special to The News)

Beware letting bamboo be

Seasoned Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows landscaper warns would be planters about invasive species

Digging up an overgrown bamboo patch is no easy feat. (Special to The News)
A native-to-B.C. wild queen bee (bombus melanopygus for those in the know) feeds on a periwinkle flower. (Submitted/Sarah Johnson, Native Bee Society of BC)

B.C.’s wild bees need messy gardens to survive

The year-long nesting period makes habitat a primary concern for wild bees

A native-to-B.C. wild queen bee (bombus melanopygus for those in the know) feeds on a periwinkle flower. (Submitted/Sarah Johnson, Native Bee Society of BC)
B.C. beekeepers will face extra supply challenges this year thanks to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. bee supply threatened this year by wasps, COVID

No, bees aren’t getting COVID, it’s the supply chain that’s been disrupted

B.C. beekeepers will face extra supply challenges this year thanks to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. (Black Press Media file photo)