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In the last half-centurey, two systems for determing the growing conditions in of an area have been adopted in North America; the USDA growing zones and the Canadian Plant Hardiness Index. While both systems use the same scale, they are different in their neuance. 

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What Are The Pros and Cons of Propagating Plants with Cutting vs Seeds? The two most common ways to propagate plants are by seed or vegetative cuttings (stem, root, leaf, or tissue culture). While seeds preserve genetic diversity and give rise to new varieties, vegetative propagation can clone and preserve existing varieties. Here are some…

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Is this plant self-fertile or does it need a pollinator? Do Baby Plants Have Parents? Each Spring and Fall I give tours to of the Northlands Urban Farm to elementary kids, and at one point we usually find ourselves sitting in the strawberry patch and talking about flower, fruit and seeds. “Can anyone tell me…

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Growing a Backyard Tree Nursery Network I’m excited to announce that Forest City Plants will be hosting another session at this year’s Resilience Festival on Saturday, April 27th at the Waldorf Independent School. The session will be held from 1:00 until 3:00 pm and will explore the creation of a distributed network of backyard tree nurseries across…

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Urban Sentinels Almost by definition, cities are active, busy, bustling, ever-changing places where short-lived beings go about their busy days. Fast fashion, quick commerce, short election cycles – the world around us takes on various pace layers. What better way to slow to slow things down than to seed cities with beings capable of living centuries or…

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Complete this short survey for the chance to win a hardy apricot seedling grown from one of Edmonton’s historic Capilano apricot trees. Forest City Plants Loading…