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Small Footprint Big Yield

 An ongoing series of informational entries

Repel Mosquitos

February 14, 2016

Before reaching for chemical sprays, try planting these plants which have natural mosquito repelling properties.


Citronella

Peppermint

Marigolds

Ageratum

Catnip

Lemon Balm

Basil

Lavender

Garlic

Rosemary

High Yield Plants for Small Garden Spaces

March 15, 2016

Your garden may be small, but that doesn't mean that your vegetable output has to be. Make a big dent in your grocery bill with these high yield plants!


Leaf Lettuce

Cherry or Grape Tomatoes

Cucumbers

Squash

Bell Peppers

Peas

Beats

Radishes

Pole Beans

Herbs

Your Garden

Feb 26, 2017

Plant the types of fruits, vegetables and herbs that you and your family like to eat, in your very own Riverbend Planters garden! If you're big on salads, plant a variety of lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes and carrots. Love to cook? Plant onions, peppers, potatoes and herbs. Strawberries fresh from the garden will satisfy any sweet tooth! Why not try planting something new this season!

Help Save the Bee's

April 3rd, 2017

Around the world, bee populations are declining due to a variety of factors.

Humans are becoming more urban and bees are losing their habitat. You can create a bee-friendly environment, allowing them to reclaim at least a small part of their habitat. While no one wants to hear that the world’s bee population is under threat, many still balk at the idea of attracting bees into their garden. However, it is important to understand that, unlike wasps and hornets, bees are not aggressive and will not sting unless they feel under threat.


So how can you help?

  • Plant bee friendly flowers and flowering herbs in your yard and garden.
  • Avoid using chemicals and pesticides on your lawn and garden.
  • Strive to buy local.
  • Support local farmers.
  • Bees are thirsty - Put a small basin of fresh water outside your home. Put a few stones and a floating cork on the water so bees won’t drown!
  • Reconsider weeding. Many plants like dandelion, for example, are an excellent source of food for bees. In early spring, those “weeds” are often the only source of food for beneficial insects.
  • Become a Beekeeper.
  • Buy or create a mason bee home for your outdoor space.

Creative Things You Can Make From Your Herb Garden

May 8, 2017

A lot of people have herb gardens! Aside from fresh picking, here are some creative things you can make from your herb garden!


  • Garlic Herb Cheese Bites
  • Flavored Butter - great for dinner rolls, bread-sticks and even toast!
  • Infused Vinegar
  • Herbed Ice Cubes - Freeze your herbs in ice cubes made with olive oil. Then, when it’s time to cook, throw a cube of whichever herb or combination of herbs the recipe calls for. Freeze them individually or combine all the herbs you use the most.
  • Salad Dressing
  • Herbal Salts
  • Mojito
  • Mint Julep
  • Garnish for your Cocktails
  • Tea 

Western Red Cedar

May 15, 2017

Did you know that the western red cedar is British Columbia's official tree. It was adopted in 1988 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of B.C Forest Services.

Western red cedar is a tree that grows to a height of 125 ft (60 m) in mixed coniferous forests. It has red-brown or gray-brown bark. Its foliage develops in sprays about 6 in long with small, highly aromatic leaves.

Resistant to decay and insect damage, the wood can remain sound for over 100 years before being processed!

The cedar primarily grows along the west coast of British Columbia and can be found throughout Vancouver Island.

Also known as the “tree of life,” because it is used in so many applications!

Benefits of Urban Gardening

October 28, 2016

Health professionals are increasingly recognizing the value of both food and non food urban agriculture. Some of the benefits to urban gardening are:


Reduces stress;

Make's people calmer and happier;

Provides a great source of nutrition;

Increases the amount of food grown and bought locally;

Decreases your carbon footprint;

Increases food security;

Improves air quality levels;

Provides a learning opportunity;