Dear Helen: A while back, you wrote about a new kind of clover that is suitable as a lawn-grass replacement in our climate. We are looking for something that is more environmentally friendly and less needy of water and fertilizer. Would we have to replace the grass? What is the best timing for seeding the clover and would it attract deer? V.C.
Happily pared-down and simple, environmentally conscious and generous are terms that, in my view, describe the lives of my friends Heather and Gary. About eight years ago, they sold their home and chose to rent a basic, inexpensive apartment in Duncan. They can walk or bike almost everywhere they need to go. They eat well, but simply, their meals highlighted by produce from several plots in a large community garden adjacent to their apartment building.
Q. I am planning to begin growing vegetables and flowers at our new home. I’d appreciate some guidance on where to find the best basic information for beginners. A. When I was starting out, I went first for guidance to neighbours and friends who were veteran gardeners. Make a list of your priorities first; a list of the vegetables and flowers you would most like to try is a good start. Seed packets, local garden centres and seed catalogues are more excellent sources of information.
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