What can you grow in a 12 foot by 3 foot raised bed? Let me tell you – an awful lot. Right now this little bed has rhubarb, strawberries, bush beans, cucumbers, zucchini, green onions, beets, several kinds of lettuce, Swiss chard, arugula, dill and spinach! With some careful succession planning, it will also produce garlic, sprouting broccoli and kale. Read more …
Victoria is known for its hanging baskets and your garden or patio can easily be part of this tradition.
To begin you need a wire basket. The bigger the basket the better in this instance, as a bigger basket leads to higher water retention which means less maintenance and greater opportunity for bigger and more vibrant plants. Read more …
Do you want to learn how to plan a garden so that you can harvest fresh vegetables 12 months of the year? Do you know which cool-crop vegetables you can harvest in the fall and throughout the winter? Learn more about year-round gardening at Dig This Broadmead on Saturday, August 5th from 2 pm to 3:30 pm.
Please register in advance by calling 250 727 9922. Cost is $10. All participants will receive 15% off purchases made during the workshop and be eligible to win either a $50, $30 or $20 Gift Certificate.
Of course kids love to garden: there’s dirt to dig, bugs to examine and the occasional pea or strawberry to gobble up. If you missed the Gardening with Kids workshop at Dig This Broadmead last month, take a minute to read this article from one of our favourite seed suppliers.
After 23 years of tending my large and rather wild garden in South Oak Bay, I’m moving house. Over the time I’ve owned Dig This Oak Bay I’ve talked to many customers who’ve “downsized” their gardens. There’s sadness involved in leaving a garden at any time. You wonder how the plants you tended so carefully are faring and whether your favourite rose has recovered from the severe pruning it received from the local deer.
But there’s also a sense of relief as the list of chores is shorter and a sense of excitement about starting something new. I will now be gardening on a large deck and a 12 foot by 3 foot raised bed allotment garden. I’ll be practicing square foot gardening techniques in the allotment garden and we’ll see what it’s like to create an ornamental garden entirely in containers on the deck.
I’ve come to realize that we really just borrow gardens for a period in time. They were there before us and continue after we move on. If we make the land we live on productive and beautiful while we’re there, then we’ve done our job. So now, on to something entirely different.
Elizabeth Cull, Franchise President
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Water deeply. This long stretch of warm dry weather will stress plants unless you ensure their is sufficient water down where their roots are. Mulch the soil around the plants to prevent evaporation of moisture from the soil.
Plant your winter garden NOW! September, when many new gardeners start to think about winter veggies is too late.
Sow arugula, beans, beets, broccoli raab, carrots, lettuce,Asian greens, peas, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, Swiss chard, turnips, and winter radishes that you want to eat over the winter. Click “August” above to read more.
This smart looking acacia wood bench is attracting a lot of attention in our stores this spring. Acacia is a sustainable tropical hardwood that is increasingly being used to replace unsustainable teak.
If you’re looking for a bench that is strong and durable, come have a look at these beautiful benches.