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Date:10/31/2014 7:46:02 PM
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So here on Hornby I am dealing with the Pacific Northwest climate. Hot dry summers cold wet winters so those of you that think it rains all the time might want to look at the book "Rains all the Time" which will explain the drought that we went through this summer.

My Husband brought up in Texas and California has a hard time dealing with the winters here but as a native B.C. girl I usually cruise through the winter thanks to the wood stove and the local library now also the internet.

Here on Hornby we are all into recycling there has been a recycling centre on Hornby for 40 years. they will even compost for you if you wish. But why give away all that lovely dirt. The other great thing we are surrounded by great beaches and can load up in the fall and winter with seaweed for the garden. I am now looking into learning what seaweeds I can harvest to eat.

Perhaps I am more suburban gardener than urban but sure can't be classed as a farm.

Besides composting and recycling (there is no garbage pickup on Hornby I recycle all my grey water. All grey water except the Kitchen sink goes through sand filters and into a pond which in times of drought as this summer is used to water the garden. In the pond i grow water cress and water mint, new plant for me this year. If anyone has an idea that i could grow water chestnuts I would like to hear from you.

One of the main problems i have is getting salad things in the winter. All those fixings come to us from the U.S., Mexico and China (very scary)so the article on micro greens also interesting.

I am finding right now that i am leaning more and more to drought resistant decorative plants and saving the h2o for the veggies. I am also trying to eliminate grass and putting in wild flowers and clover.
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