Upcoming events

26 May 2015 6:00 PM (PDT) • Trout Lake Beach within the John Hendry Park: The park entry is at Lakewood and East 13th Avenue (Broadway Skytrain Station). Meeting place is at the beach located at the South end of the lake near the bathrooms and Gazebo. We will start at 6pm sharp!
28 May 2015 6:30 PM • 130 West Broadway, Vancouver (at MEC's store)
04 Jun 2015 6:00 PM (PDT) • Kitsilano Neighbourhood House - 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1Y4
06 Jun 2015 11:00 AM • Jericho East Beach
16 Jun 2015 7:00 PM • 130 West Broadway, Vancouver (at MEC's store)
18 Jun 2015 6:00 PM (PDT) • Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V6K 1Y4

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Identifying Pests

The most common reason people use pesticides is to eliminate or keep "pests" in check.  However, often pesticides are not needed.

The most important thing to learn as a pesticide-free gardener, is that not everything that looks like a problem, is a problem. Many insects are beneficial to plants and serve as predators to would-be pests. A problem that appears to be the result of disease or fungus, could actually simply be a case of too much sun, or too little water. Before you react to what you think is a pest problem, do a little research! If you reach for a pesticide before correctly identifying that you have a pest, you could actually make the problem worse or create new problems - by killing or deterring beneficial species from the area.

The websites below will help you identify common pest problems in the garden, and also suggest alternative ways of dealing with them!

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