Category Archives: Eco-Sense Updates


PLANT, PICK, & PRUNE:  This week in the Eco-Sense nursery we are focussing on berries. Gord made a quick info page on raspberries and blackberries to help us learn.  We are planting more berries this year as we enjoyed eating them all winter…and didn’t have enough.  They are incredibly versatile and easy to process.  We freeze them whole to eat many ways throughout the winter…including smoothies, in our hot cereal, berry sauce, in clafoutis, and mixed with apples and baked into a crumble.  Not only are they super yummy, they are very nutritious.  Check out the information that Gord pulled together that also gives links to different trellis ideas.  We have many of these in stock at very affordable prices as they are mostly bare root. Take them home this weekend.  Here’s our plant list.  Lots of other berries are in stock too.  Come check out the berry patch.

Nursery is OPEN Sat & Sun from 10am-2pm.  3295 Compton Road in the East Highlands.

LINKS: Here’s a couple links that may be of interest to our readers.

  1. The text of the short speech just given by Greta Thunberg to the UK’s MP’s:
  2. One-hour BBC documentary with Sir David Attenborough.  Climate Change – The Facts.
  3. NATURE study on glyphosate.  YES, it’s toxic.

    Title: Assessment of Glyphosate Induced epigenetic transgenerational Inheritance of pathologies and sperm epimutations: Generational toxicology

    Abstract: Ancestral environmental exposures to a variety of factors and toxicants have been shown to promote the epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of adult onset disease. one of the most widely used agricultural pesticides worldwide is the herbicide glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine), commonly known as Roundup. There are an increasing number of conflicting reports regarding the direct exposure toxicity (risk) of glyphosate, but no rigorous investigations on the generational actions. the current study using a transient exposure of gestating F0 generation female rats found negligible impacts of glyphosate on the directly exposed F0 generation, or F1 generation offspring pathology. In contrast, dramatic increases in pathologies in the F2 generation grand-offspring, and F3 transgenerational great- grand-offspring were observed. The transgenerational pathologies observed include prostate disease, obesity, kidney disease, ovarian disease, and parturition (birth) abnormalities. epigenetic analysis of the F1, F2 and F3 generation sperm identified differential DNA methylation regions (DMRs). A number of DMR associated genes were identified and previously shown to be involved in pathologies. Therefore, we propose glyphosate can induce the transgenerational inheritance of disease and germline (e.g. sperm) epimutations. observations suggest the generational toxicology of glyphosate needs to be considered in the disease etiology of future generations.

Ann and Gord

Easter Weekend

Easter Weekend Hours:  Eco-Sense Nursery is OPEN Sat and Sun from 10am-2pm this .  Sales of perennial Edible plants.  Plant list here

Special this weekend…  a free table with items that have lost a tag and we don’t know exactly what there are.

We have a good supply of Sea Kale seedlings (I had started over 200), a few Perennial Kale seedlings, small Oca plants, and of course all the regular fruit trees, berry bushes, kiwi, NUTS, bare root raspberries, OLIVES, FIGS, etc.  Sorry, no sweet potatoes slips…yet.


The Municipal Survivor Climate Challenge has taken off.  Click on poster to see the details.  Over 20 local governments have accepted Highlands challenge.  Check out the facebook page for the challenge:    


Have a great weekend and happy gardening.

Ann and Gord






Rain…Let’s dance!

The rain is a welcome event this spring.  It has been so dry.   We are VERY concerned for the fires that we will experience this year in BC and on Vancouver Island and saddened by the loss of fresh summer air.

So, when it rains…DANCE!  AND Plant Trees!

Eco-Sense Nursery for perennial edible plants is open all weekend.  Sat and Sun from 10am-2pm.  3295 Compton Road, East Highlands, Victoria.

Soooooo, what’s your fire plan?  Do you have one?  Does your community have one?  Do you know what it is?  Here at Eco-Sense, we are making plans with a fire emergency planning meeting for ourselves, our home and our land.

Our front yard garden: Gord Took the image from the CRD Atlas and traced all of our garden beds and added in about half of our edible fruit, nut, and berry bushes. Then he removed the image and left only his drawings…thus perfectly to scale.

Being surrounded by perennial and annual food gardens and having earthen buildings goes a long ways to reduce our fire risk…moist green leaves just don’t burn very well. Our irrigated living roofs (growing squash and sweet potatoes) are also good. However, we do have a list of things we still need to do to reduce our fire risk including creation of an irrigation/sprinkler plan if there is a fire in the area. We are busy identifying our strengths, assets, and vulnerabilities to deal with wild fires.  Top of our list are broom removal, some lower tree branch trimming, cleaning up wood around the workshop and woodshed, and identifying flammable items near the house with a plan to move them inside. Also, knowing where the safest spots are if we get caught and cannot evacuate…We think the root cellar is the best place. When our plan is done we may share it here.

In the meantime…woohoo, it’s spring and the garden shoots are abundant.

Looking forward to seeing some of you this weekend.

Gord and Ann

Nursery is open on Weekends

The Eco-Sense nursery will be open every weekend this spring from 10am-2pm both Saturday and Sunday.

We sell nut and fruit trees, berries bushes, and LOTS more perennial FOOD plants.  Lots grown, grafted, planted and propagated here and all are watered with pond water fortified with duck and fish poo.  Plants love it.

Where: 3295 Compton Road, East Highlands, Victoria

Plant List. Plant list with prices is updated weekly.  ALL prices INCLUDE the GST.

Essential Composting Toilets:  

Our book is also for sale and we will sign it for you.




From Toques to T-shirts…Nursery is open

Last week we were wearing toques and WAY behind getting our nursery moved to the snow covered lower “garden”.  This week we scrambled in t-shirts pleading with our over 50 bodies to get-er-done.  Well, Gord isn’t quite 50…his big day comes on Earth day, April 22, he will turn the big 50.

We are very pleased with how the nursery looks and functions in the lower garden.

  • For starters, it’s flat down there.  No more pushing trees up hills in wheel barrows.
  • It’s also better for parking and no more single lane long driveway to navigate.
  • More room to organize plants…All the nuts are together, the fruit trees together, the berry patch, the perennial veggie patch, etc.  I love being organized.
  • And finally, people who show up and think we are crazy, can leave more easily.  Ha, and that’s usually before we try and sell them a book on compost toilets…which by the way, will be for sale…we’ll even sign a copy for you.

So without any more rambling discussion here’s the details of the spring opening for the Eco-Sense nursery.

Where: 3295 Compton Road, East Highlands, Victoria, BC

When: Sat March 23 AND Sun March 24 from 10am-2pm both days

Parking: on road and 4 spots inside the gate

What do we sell?  Nuts, fruit trees, berry bushes, a few perennial vegetables, nitrogen fixers, soil builders, tea, olives, lemons, figs, mulberries, kiwis, hops, and LOTS more stuff you’ve never heard of.  Plant list here

We have bare root chestnuts…the ULTIMATE food security plant.  Chestnut flour is to die for.  Gord and I recently made a berry clafoutis…100% local (mostly our own ingredients).  Chestnut flour, sweet potato, honey, lemons, eggs, milk, and berries.

Hope to see you this weekend.

Ann and Gord