Try Apartment Composting

When I moved to my current apartment I had windows along the south wall perfect for a winter garden, but no patio or yard in which to put my compost. The solution? A compost column built from two recycled two-liter plastic bottles, an idea from the University of Wisconsin’s Bottle Biology Resources Network. Look carefully at the drawing. The two […]

Do a Quick & Easy Seed Germination Test

Do a Quick & Easy Seed Germination Test by Arzeena Hamir If the holidays have pretty much wiped you out, here is a simple activity that will not only save you money but will help organize your garden for the upcoming year. Like many gardeners, my stash of seeds has accumulated over the years to the extent that I often […]

Plant garlic in your garden

The fall is the perfect time to plant garlic in your garden. Compared to spring-planted garlic, fall garlic produces larger bulbs, matures earlier, and often has fewer disease problems. Additionally, certain types of garlic, mainly the hard-neck types like Rocambole, will not mature in time from a spring planting. Of the three types of garlic, soft-neck garlic is the type […]

Gardening with Pressure Treated Wood

Perils Of Pressure Treated Wood Now is the time many gardeners construct, repair or replace raised beds to get a jump on spring planting. It also gives us a great opportunity to prepare the soil inside for next year’s growing season. But did you know that the lumber you choose can actually hurt you? Pressure treated wood is created by […]

Winter Garden Clean Up

Winter Garden Clean Up As winter approaches, it’s tempting just to sit back and put your feet up and not have to think about the garden until springtime. However, just a bit of extra work at this time of the year can save you a whole lot of hassle come planting time. Garden clean-up, the last big chore for gardeners, […]

How to Grow Japanese Red Maple Trees from Seed

Most Japanese Maple seeds ripen in the fall. Watch the tree and wait for the seeds to turn brown. The seeds are ready to be harvested when they are brown and can be easily removed from the tree. The seeds are attached to a wing, it’s best to break the wing off before storing or planting the seeds. Japanese Maple […]

Organic Gardening Tips and Plants – How to

Website & Terra Viva Update We had an incredible response to the Organic Grub Control article in last month’s issue. Many other websites like ICanGarden.com, and Dollar Stretcher reprinted the article for their audience so we had a hard time keeping nematodes in stock! We hope to see many of you at the upcoming Van Dusen Flower & Garden Show […]

Organic Gardening Tips and Plants – How to

Organic Gardening Tips Terra Viva Organics Bringing Your Plants Indoors   by Arzeena Hamir As the risk of frost nears, it’s time to bring in some of the non-hardy plants so that they can overwinter indoors. But before you start digging up your plants and plunking them in pots in front of your window, follow a few easy steps to […]

Controlling Lawn Grubs Organically

Controlling Lawn Grubs Organically Contact Arzeena Hamir Beetle grubs can turn a fine looking lawn into a patchwork quilt of yellow spots. But before you reach for the insecticide bottle, there are a number of organic alternatives that will help you cope with the grubs without poisoning yourself or your family. What are these grubs? The grubs that you see […]

Organic Gardening Tips and Plants – How to

Organic Gardening Tips Terra Viva Organics Website UpdateThe Story of Two MitesHeirlooms: A Taste of the Past a Gift to the FutureThe Three R’s Of The Ecological GardenerRoast Squash and Onion Tart The Story of Two Mites by Arzeena Hamir The Spider Mite Spider mites, also known as two-spotted mites, become a particular problem for the gardener through the winter. […]