No matter what you grow, vegetables or flowers, in a spacious garden or a pot on a balcony, the first thing you need is good soil. It took me years to understand this, and now “Soil First” is my gardening mantra.
To read more about improving your garden soil, click on the picture above.
A gardener’s visit to New York wouldn’t be complete without an afternoon walking the High Line, a public park on Manhattan’s West Side built around a defunct elevated railway.
Designed by Dutch planting designer, Piet Oudolf, this elevated garden is a dynamic and inspired 3-mile-long transformation of what otherwise is just a ugly urban relic.
According to one of our favourite blogs, Gardenista, here’s what we can learn from the High Line to apply in our own gardens. Read more
Are you ready for the 2018 gardening season? Now is the time to plan. Get your seeds sorted out. Make sure your tools are in good repair. Check over your seed flats and pots are clean and ready to go! Set up your lights and heat mats. Before you know it, it will be time to seed peppers, leeks, onions, chives, rosemary, sage, parsley and many flowers! Dig This has everything you need to get your seeds off to a great start.
Seedy Saturday in Victoria is February 17th from 10 am to 3:30 pm at the Victoria Convention Centre. Admission is $7 (under 16 years, free) and it gains you access to many great local businesses that bring seeds, plants and other gardening related products. Of course, Dig This will be there with West Coast Seeds, Baker Creek tomato seeds, and organic Pemberton-grown seed potatoes.
The tips of spring-flowering bulbs poking through the soil in my planters tell me that another gardening season is about to begin. And while it’s really too soon to start any seeds – even indoors – this is the perfect time to make sure you have everything you’ll need when the days get longer and the weather gradually warms up.
The first thing to do is take stock of your garden and supplies. Take a good look at your garden and think back to last season. If you made notes, took pictures or kept a journal – great! You know what you want to repeat and what you want to change. If you grow vegetables, take some time to consider how you will rotate your crops to avoid pests and disease. Draw a plan or make a list of what you want to add or delete so you’re ready and don’t fall in love with the first lovely plant or seed you see only to find out if really won’t work.
And check out our latest newsletter. It’s all about starting plants from seeds.
Elizabeth Cull, Franchise President
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