Soils of the Okanagan Part I

Soils of the Okanagan Part I

Article by Mark Godlewski A good understanding of your soil is one of the keys to successful gardening especially if you are trying to follow xeriscape principles. In this first article I will provide some general information about soils in the Okanagan. In the second...
Hedge Alternatives- Part 2

Hedge Alternatives- Part 2

Article by Sigrie Kendrick and Mark Godlewski This is the second in a pair of blog articles discussing appropriate hedge choices for the Okanagan. This article will address non-native options. European Privet (Ligustrum vulgare) is a good candidate for a hedge in our...
Hedge Alternatives- Part 1

Hedge Alternatives- Part 1

Article by Sigrie Kendrick Cedar hedges carved into vase shapes by neighbourhood deer are a common sight in the Okanagan, as are the burned and blackened silhouettes of cedars. Cedars can even draw wildfire to the flammable siding of a home. A brown pyramid cedar...
Mulch Flammability

Mulch Flammability

Article and Photos by Mark Godlewski This is the second part of a two-part blog entry. This first entry covered the types of mulch commonly available in our area and their relative advantages and disadvantages. This second entry will cover a set of flammability tests...