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Halfmoon Happenings: Time to start thinking about the garden

Here's what's happening in Halfmoon Bay!
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Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful week. It was a real mix bag of weather with lots of rain, wind and temperatures creeping up 10 C. As always, we are hopeful for warmer weather to come soon. 

Kym from Kym’s Plants says, “It is that time again! Custom-made moss baskets with your choice of colours specific to your environment.” These amazing hanging baskets are made with much love and care by Kym and she works tirelessly for a few weeks to meet the May long weekend (Victoria Day, Monday, May 23) completion deadline. If the weather warms up, some may even be ready for Mother’s Day which is on Sunday, May 8, so place your orders as soon as possible. A 50 per cent deposit is required when placing your order. Sizes range from 12” to 18” and prices range from $57 to $170 with a $5 discount if reusing the wire frame from a previous basket. Kym’s Plants is located at 7910 Fawn Road. She can be reached at 604 740-0056 or send an email to kymsplants@gmail.com.  

The Halfmoon Bay Elementary Community School PAC Spring Plant Fundraiser has begun. Choose from a wide variety of beautiful plants, planters, hanging baskets, assorted vegetable plants, perennials and annuals, fertilizer and potting soil. Order deadline is Wednesday, April 20 with pick up on Friday, May 6. Place your order through the Growing Smiles Fundraising site at halfmoonbayelementary.growingsmilesfundraising.com. Some benefits from planting and gardening are stress relief, heart and health booster, time spent outside and the satisfaction of watching something grow and thrive.  

It’s also that time of year when backyard burning is permitted in Halfmoon Bay from April 1 to 15. Composting is a much better option though or bring green waste to Salish Soils to dispose of at no charge. If choosing to burn, be sure to follow the outdoor burning guidelines; burn during good venting conditions (see venting index), light a quick burning, hot fire that produces a minimum amount of smoke, don’t burn wet material, and do not burn prohibited, toxic materials. Before conducting an open burn, check the venting index at env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/venting/ which has three categories; Poor 0-33, Fair 34-54 and Good 5-100. Always keep water or fire retardant close by and never leave the fire unattended. Thankfully backyard burning is only for a few short weeks in the spring and fall and hopefully the wind will help dissipate the smoke quickly. Be kind and thoughtful to your neighbours and the community. 

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Be safe, be gentle, and always be kind.