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According to all my grade school report cards, I never stop speaking!

Here is where I rant/ share/ proselytize about whatever I think is
beautiful/ interesting/ semi-important....

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Could it be that dreams do come true?
When artistic talent, sweat, business savvy and encyclopedic
plant knowledge are combined, it seems they do....

Southlands Nursery is a walk-in fantasy,
where beauty always comes before profit.

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Established in 1991, and located in a charming 'equestrian pocket' on Vancouver's upscale
westside, this unique area called Southlands is a horse friendly enclave right in the city.
Large lots and small acreages house many stables, and it is not unusual to see horses and their
riders go by our gates. With delicious free coffee always on hand, many people tell us that they
come down to the nursery just to experience the beautiful atmosphere.
We hope you will visit soon!

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According to all my grade school report cards, I never stop speaking!

Here is where I rant/ share/ proselytize about whatever I think is
beautiful/ interesting/ semi-important....

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At Southlands Nursery, things are always changing,
and not just with the seasons. We're constantly creating,
searching and bringing in new plants and exciting items
on a regular basis.

Get a sneak peak here or come visit us soon.

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Visiting Vancouver?
Want to order flowers?

Check out this very personal list of some of Thomas Hobbs favourite
Vancouver shops and restaurants you may not otherwise discover.

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Thomas Hobbs own hybrids (and other fabulous varieties) are available in
limited numbers. Hybridizing daylilies has become an absolute obsession....
using cutting edge parent plants from the world's top breeders.

Half the fun is in naming them!

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We will never be a fully online shopping nursery, but from time to time
we'll offer special plants or things.Thomas Hobbs own daylily introductions
will be available for Spring or Fall shipping.

We hope to offer other specialties,
such as own own Nerine hybrids, this way, also.

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The only thing I love more than gardening is sharing that passion with others.
I've had the pleasure of writing 2 books and have been featured in a number of professional
horticultural and gardening magazines. For the past 16 years I've also worked in television on
GlobalBC's Saturday morning news 'Gardening with Thomas Hobbs' segments. The nursery has
been featured on virtually every gardening show including 'The Victory Garden', 'Martha Stewart'
and 'Recreating Eden'. We were even home to 'The Orchid Nazi' on the hit TV show The X Files!

April 7, 2012

Adventures with Vegetables

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 7:43 pm

‘Grow Your Own’ no longer refers to marijuana !  Everyone (including me !) is trying to grow  ‘a bit of veg’  !  Sales of  fruit plants, vegetable seeds and young’starter’ plants have exploded over the last two years. The wholesale growers are finally catching on, and we now have all kinds of  edibles in stock.
Last year, at our new farm in Langley, B.C. , I started to grow edibles in raised beds. I envisioned four beds, each 4′ x 12′ , made out of rough red cedar planks.  I had noticed charming copper fence post tops at Home Depot, and could see them on the corners. 4″ x4″ cedar posts made hammering the frames together quick and easy. We also screwed ‘L’-shaped corner brackets on the inside (out of sight) for added strength.  The frames were checked with a level, and adjusted where needed.
I then  ordered a load of really yummy  ‘organic garden blend’ soil from a local company (18 yards) , and it was just enough.  The most fun was deciding what to grow…. what would look nice, and what would be good to eat. For the first time in  my life I used a taught string to create straight rows of seedlings !
I alternated vegetable types to create a pattern of foliage  in the beds. It seemed possible to  plant three rows across  in each 4′ bed…. lettuces on the sides and something taller down the centre. Or carrots on both sides, with parsnips in the middle ? There are no rules.I chose (from Renee’s seeds) ‘Cut and Come Again’ lettuce for on-going picking. My friend Terri Clark swears by this lettuce . ‘Merveille de Quatre Saisons’ lettuce looked nice on the package, with red shadings on perfect rosettes. It was decorative and easy to grow and even better to eat.. I planted parsnips , varieties ‘Javelin‘ and ‘Gladiator‘, not knowing if I would even like them. As it turns out, I love them roasted in the oven with a bit of olive oil, a  pinch of sea salt and a bit of rosemary. We make ‘Parsnip Fries’ this way, also. They are fantastic!  I hate the taste of beets, but I planted them to give to friends. ‘Jewel- Toned’ beets looked great bulging out of the ground in shades of orange, gold and red. I love carrots, so I planted several types. ‘Babette’ has a rounded tip, instead of a tapered one, I now know. Yummy.  I planted purple ones, yellow ones, and lots of normal orange ones.  I had no bug problems on anything - ‘ Carrot fly ‘ never found my new veggie garden..  I still have parsnips in the ground. Every seed seems to have grown ! I did no thinning, no fertilizing, no weeding. The soil was new and rich. I think this year it will be just as good. The raised beds seem to have fooled the cute little brown rabbit I have seen in my large fenced-in  area. Nothing was eaten except nearby weeds and tiny grasses ! This amazed me. I have always loved rabbits, and would have shared my bounty with them. Maybe this year ?