Summer is coming to a close. School doors open once again as students stream through them to get their formal education. One of the things that we learn is the meaning of, “the more you know, the less you know.”

We live in a complicated world. Whether it be economics or culture, there are a lot of steps and a lot of things to learn. Education as a process of learning to develop and improve our knowledge and skills is an essential part of our lives, professionally, socially, personally and emotionally. 

It’s hard to think that Summer is drawing to an end, but that doesn’t mean that you need to stop gardening.

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is an opportunity to educate others by raising awareness of suicide and to promote action that will reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts globally. The first WSPD was launched in Stockholm on September 2003 as an initiative of International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as a way of focusing attention on Suicide and confirming the message: Suicides Are Preventable.

In this column I often write about the critical voice in our minds that can convince us to believe negative thoughts about ourselves. Sometimes this happens without us even realizing it and it can impact our mood and our behaviours. 

You are so unattractive.

No one likes you.

You are such an idiot; I cannot believe you just did that.

You are going to be alone forever. 

Why hello there, mountain gardeners! This month I’m exploring garden beds and how they can help your garden thrive in our ever-changing valley climate.

Both backyard gardeners and market enthusiasts love raised beds. There are a few advantages and disadvantages you may want to know about before creating your next veggie patch.

Awesome things about raised beds:

Looking for something different to do this summer? Something a bit out of the ordinary? You don’t have to look far. We have a variety of summer adventures and options available in our area that are not available anywhere else in the world.

Do you remember back in elementary school when you were asked to write “I am” in the middle of the page and you had to write all the things that made you you around it? Daughter, brother, reader, athlete etc. If I asked you to do that today, what words would you write outside of your profession and family roles? What are your current passions? If you have difficulty answering those questions, please know that you are not alone. I often ask people to do this exercise and receive blank stares in return.

I think one of the most heartbreaking gardening experiences, for myself, is spending half the winter cultivating beautiful seedlings indoors, only to transplant them and watch them wither away. I’m always so eager to grow food, but my eagerness to start seeds indoors is usually to my disadvantage. So, here is my personal rule of thumb: direct seed everything possible! If you can, avoid starting plants indoors and having to transplant them.