Revelstoke Mountaineer Reads: Revelstoke gardening veterans share local gardening wisdom

Revelstoke Mountaineer Reads: Revelstoke gardening book Mountain Harvest shares decades of Revelstoke mountain gardening wisdom, tips and advice.

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Revelstoke gardening book Mountain Harvest shares decades of Revelstoke mountain gardening wisdom, tips and advice. Photo: Mountain Harvest cover photo

Revelstoke Mountaineer Reads is a new summer book series that features book recommendations from three Revelstoke book purveyors. The contributors are Samantha Robert, owner of Castle Joe Books; Kendra Runnalls, librarian at the Revelstoke branch of the Okanagan Regional Library and Vanessa Smith, owner of Grizzly Book & Serendipity Shop.

Revelstoke Mountaineer Reads is a new summer series hosted in the Revelstoke Mountaineer
Revelstoke Mountaineer Reads is a new summer series hosted in the Revelstoke Mountaineer

Each week until August, they’ll take turns sharing a book, books or other reading experiences with the community. Most of the works will have a Revelstoke connection, whether it’s a regional fiction read or a non-fiction work that will help you explore the world around us.

Thanks to Kendra, Samantha and Vanessa for contributing!

Revelstoke-made book shares sage mountain gardening tips

By Vanessa Smith

Yes, it’s that time of year again — the full moon has come and gone and the long weekend is behind us. These are the two factors (so it’s said) that influence the planting of gardens in Revelstoke.

Whether your space is big or small, pots or acres you will need all the treasured secrets hidden between the pages of Mountain Harvest, the quintessential book by Revelstoke’s senior gardeners. From garden planning to greenhouses this wonderful collection of wisdom will inspire and rejuvenate your passion for working the soil and reaping the rewards.

Learn about turning the soil, a compost tea recipe, grafting, wine-making, beekeeping, natural pest control, homemade tomato sauce and many more secrets. This book was a project funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizon for Senior Program and has been a true community effort. Thanks to the hard work of all the volunteers from the North Columbia Environmental Society (NCES), especially author Laura Stovel, for bringing this book to fruition.

Of course the Grizzly Book store offers a wide variety of other gardening books including Canadian Gardener’s Guide, Straw Bale Gardens, Pot It Up, and Small Space Vegetable Gardening to name a few.

From patio planters to raised beds to sprawling acres, unearth all the knowledge for a fruitful and productive season of freshness.

Remember the principal key to success is nurture and patience — enjoy!