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FALL 2011


19 easy organic super-foods to grow indoors


steps TO a perfect pond

What you can do this fall to make your water feature the best it can be


Enter at the Cannor Nursery Store nearest you

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Grow a Little Sunshine! Plant Daffodils Now for a Spring to Remember

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New! Check out our new pet food section! Now! Visit our Amish furniture display. Saturday, Sept. 17 to Wednesday, Sept. 21 National Tree Planting Day – For five days only, receive a free bag of original Sea Soil with the purchase of any tree over $50! Friday, Sept. 23 to Thursday, Sept. 29 Fall into Savings! – Enjoy our big bulb sale this week. Regular store hours. Saturday, Oct. 1 to Sunday, Oct. 2 Harvest Festival! Pruning and Maintaining your Fruit Trees – join Sandy Mathies for this informative seminar. Saturday at 10 a.m. Drying and Preserving your Harvest – join Debbie Ego for a fun and educational seminar. Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Check for more details on this event! Sunday, October 9 Planting Bulbs in Containers – Debbie Ego on planting now for gorgeous spring containers. 1:30 p.m.


Saturday, September 10 Fall Colours – fall container gardening with Linda and Tina. 10 a.m. Saturday, September 24 Autumn Lawn Care – proactive moss and weed control for your lawn. 10 a.m. Saturday, October 1 Getting the Dirt on Composting – the ABCs of composting. 1 p.m. Saturday, October 22 Winter is for the Birds – a tempting menu fit for the birds. 1 p.m.


Saturday, September 10 Seminar: Simon Hart, the Organic Mechanic – extend your food-growing season with cold frames and by growing indoors all winter long. Plus, tips on the fall garden. 10 a.m. Check in store for more events.

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We’re pleased to announce a number of workshops at our store – 4660 Elk Lake Drive, next to the Saanich Commonwealth Pool. To register, drop by or email us at cannorclub@ or call 250-658-5415. Saturday, September 17 Master Gardeners – on site today! Saturday, September 17 Fall/Winter Veggies – 10:30 a.m. Sunday, September 18 Fall and Winter Lawn Care – 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 24 Bulbs – Fall bulbs and more. 10:30 a.m. Sunday, September 25 Fall Containers – 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 1 Ponds – fall and winter prep. 10:30 a.m. Sunday, October 2 Backyard Birds – 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16 Fall Pruning – 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 22 Indoor Tropicals – 10:30 a.m.

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Drop by your local Cannor Nursery Store to take advantage of our Pack-A-Pot daffodil promotion event! Simply pack a pile of our mixed Narcissus bulbs into an eight-inch pot, then plant them up for an unforgettable spring show. Just $8.88 – each pot holds approximately 30 to 35 bulbs. Available from mid September while quantities last. PHOTO Van Noort Bulb Co. Ltd.

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Have bulbs become a fad of a previous generation? Are we so caught up in the “now” that we have forgotten that planting a little good today will reap beautiful benefits tomorrow? Let’s take the versatile daffodil. This underappreciated dynamo will grow almost anywhere and produce the most cheery of blooms at a time when everything else in the garden is still immobilized by winter’s chill. Daffodils come in a huge variety of colours nowadays and their fragrant blends make them perfect as cut flowers to fill a room with the perfume and promise of springtime. On top of this, they are deer resistant, so you can actually enjoy the blooms without simply feeding the wildlife. Plus, they steadily multiply in your garden – not only will you get a gorgeous cluster of long-lasting flowers this year but as they mature daffodils produce more and more bulbs so your display just keeps getting bigger and better. The noble daffodil is even helping to cure cancer – not the bulb, of course, but the sale of the beautiful blooms every spring, which are raising funds for research. This fall, plant seeds of hope in your garden with a grouping of resilient and radiant daffodils. Your heart will soar with gratitude every spring for generations to come. Sandy Mathies Janet Mathies President    Vice-President Gord Nickel President, Cannor Nursery Victoria


By Linda Wall, Cannor Nursery, Chilliwack

Growing your own Microgreens

Harvest easy and inexpensive organic super-greens in your own home all winter long Most of us have grown sprouts.

It’s easy – just put sprouting seeds in a water-filled jar or container to soak overnight and then drain. Next, put the jar in a brightly lit area – no direct sun, though! – and remember to rinse and drain several times a day. In less than a week, your homegrown sprouts are ready to eat. Microgreens are similar to sprouts in that they are a fabulous way to provide your family with low-cost organic greens all year long. In addition to saving money on groceries, your household will become more self-sufficient with zeromile fresh fixings for salads, sandwiches and other dishes within an arm’s reach. Instead of eating the entire sprout, root and all, though, with microgreens you will be scissor-harvesting the leafy tops as you need them. For busy families that aren’t on hand to frequently rinse sprouts, microgreens are a safe and easy alternative to enjoying greens without worrying about bacterial concerns. And, best of all, when harvested above their first set of leaves, microgreens keep on coming – so that you can return again and again for

delicious garden greens, growing right inside your own home. To grow microgreens, you will need a shallow planting container with a clear see-through lid, light potting medium (seed-starter soil is good) and your choice of edible-green seeds. To get started, fill your container with about an inch of the soil and press down gently (don’t pack). Sprinkle the seeds evenly over the soil and cover with a very light top layer of soil and press softly. To water, mist with a spray bottle so the seeds stay in place and remain covered by soil. Cover the container with the clear lid or use plastic wrap. Place in a warm spot so the seeds will germinate, misting daily. When the seeds have sprouted, move to a bright sunny spot and keep uncovered and moist. The little plants are usually ready to harvest after 10 to 12 days. Use scissors to snip your microgreens and enjoy them or store in the fridge. Visit your local Cannor Nursery Store to check out our great selection of seeds and starter kits for growing sprouts and microgreens! n


Seeds for Microgreens and Sprouts



Visit your local Cannor Nursery Store to enter a draw for your own copy of The Zero-Mile Diet! 5 copies available; contest ends Friday, November 18. Winners will be notified by telephone by Saturday, November 19.

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10 Steps to a Perfect Pond

A little fall and winter TLC will have your water feature looking beautiful year round

1 1. In fall, drain your pond and remove plant debris to prevent a buildup of toxic gases that can lead to algae bloom in the spring. 2. Cut back aquatic plants and marginals by two-thirds. (Never cut marginals below water level as they have hollow stems and won’t survive if completely submerged.) If the pond is deeper than 45 cm (18 in.), hardy plants can be placed below the freezing level. For shallow ponds, move inside to a cool spot. Water hyacinth and lettuce are difficult to overwinter – add them to the compost bin. Water lilies need no special preparation if the roots are below ice levels – simply trim yellow foliage. If you think your pond will freeze to the bottom, remove the lilies, rinse their rhizomes, let dry and place in peat moss in the basement or garage. Protect from rodents and freezing. 3. Treat tropical plants as annuals and replace next year or overwinter in a greenhouse pool or as houseplants. Victoria 4660 Elk Lake Dr. Victoria, BC V8Z 5M1 250.658.5415

Place them in a bowl of water in a sunny location, mist often and do not let them dry out. Tropical lilies can be stored in damp sand or vermiculite once their bulb has completely developed. 4. When draining the pond, gently move fish to a tub of pond water and place in a quiet spot. When refilling the pond with chlorine/chloramine-treated water, let it sit for a few days before fish are reintroduced. Or use one of the products available to remove chemicals from water. Ponds less than 45 cm (18 in.) deep will not overwinter fish, so relocate inside to an aquarium. 5. Clean the filter. 6. After cleaning, cold-water microbes can be added to your pond if desired to help break down decaying matter. 7. Place netting over the pond to prevent leaves from falling in. 8. If they are to remain outside, fatten up your fish a little in early autumn with an occasional toss of high-protein feed. When the really cold weather hits, use lower-temperature food. At 10°C (50°F) or colder, stop all feeding. 9. By deep winter, drain water lines. Drain and store external pumps. Shut down all pumps to prevent the water


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from being super cooled. In a rigidplastic or concrete pond, prevent cracking by floating a ball or a piece of wood or Styrofoam to absorb the pressure of the water as it freezes. 10. A de-icer can prevent total freezing and maintain an air hole, critical for fish. Do not smash a hole through the ice with a hammer as the pounding can concuss the fish – instead, use a de-icer or a bucket of hot water to gently melt through the ice.


WHEN to Plant Your Spring-Flowering Bulbs! Spring-flowering bulbs, such as tulips and daffodils, must be planted in the fall to bloom in spring because they require a long period of cool temperatures to spark the biochemical process that causes them to flower. In fall, it’s optimal to get them into the ground in October or November, preferably well before the first hard freeze.

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Cannor Newsletter Fall 2011  

Cannor Newsletter Fall 2011