Research into the “human microbiome” shows that microorganisms on and inside the body are estimated to outnumber human body cells! Most of these beneficial organisms dwell in the intestines, where they outcompete pathogenic organisms and form an essential part of our immune system.

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I hope your holiday season has been as quiet, peaceful and relaxing as mine! Winter is a time when I catch up on sleeping, eating with friends, strolling along the breakwater, and spending a whole lot of quality couch time with the cat. I finally get to read some of those books and magazines that…

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Before October 17, 2018, people would sometimes approach the subject in a roundabout way; “Which of your products do you recommend for growing medicinal herbs in indoor containers?” (Wink wink, nudge nudge.) Now that Canadian adults can legally grow up to four cannabis plants per household, the questions are more direct. And while general opinions…

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Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to get a seat in a two-day Pollinator Steward workshop, hosted by Pollinator Partnership Canada and the Island Pollinator Initiative. It was an eye-opener. I came away with so much more respect not only for the celebrated honey bee, but also — and even more so — for…

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Today I feel like tooting my own horn! Over the years, many of you sent me great feedback, charming compliments, and more than one “frequently asked question”. In this blog I’d like to share some of them. Enjoy!

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I profess to being a kelp collector, a leaf lover, and a compostophile! Autumn weather here on the West Coast has deposited seaweed onto the beach and blown the leaves off the trees, and so it’s time for an annual ritual. The other day I gathered up some of this bounty, added glacial rock dust…

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I burst out laughing the other day when an order came in for a liter of fish fertilizer and a bar of soap. How appropriate! It’s true, that liquid fish can get pretty smelly, especially now at the height of summer. And yes, my wonderful, locally made, plant-based soap (now discontinued) is perfect for getting…

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It’s Year 8 for me running the Pantry! Time truly flies when you’re having fun. And I’m having so much fun, thanks to you! Whenever I get to talk to one of you in person, on the phone, or online, I realize what great persons my customers are. We make a connection, realize we have…

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I used to think I couldn’t be bothered with bokashi. After all, between my six chickens, a worm bin on the deck, and a two-bin garden compost out back, there really wasn’t any kitchen scraps left to dispose of. Well… the chickens have all gone to chicken heaven; the worms died after I mistakenly put…

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