Time to Plant Spring Bulbs

Sometimes gardening is just so confusing! Want a winter garden? Plant in July. Want tulips and narcissus in spring? Plant in September and October. That’s just how it is: for some garden rewards, you have to plan ahead. So, it’s time to plant spring-flowering bulbs for a colourful display next year. Bulbs flower as early […]

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The time to start new plants from seed is coming to an end, but there are still a number of things you can plant for fall, winter and early spring eating: arugula, corn salad, mescluns, mustards, pac choi, radish, and turnips.  If you want more kale, chard, spinach or Chinese cabbage, look for healthy starts […]

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Take It Outside!

Whether it’s a casual picnic, your personal version of Dîner en Blanc, or a sandwich and cool drink in your Adirondack chair, dining outside is one of the pleasures of summer.

Somehow food eaten outdoors just tastes better, but if you want to crank your experience up a notch try these ideas. . .

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Carrot Time!

According to local gardening guru Linda Gilkeson, July 1st is “Carrot Day” – the ideal time to sow the last batch of carrots for winter harvests. Planted now, they have time to grow to full size by mid-October when they stop growing. You can leave carrots in the garden all winter – think of it as your outdoor fridge …

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Tips for the Lazy Gardener

  At a flea market earlier this spring, I picked up a little book called Proven Tips for Lazy Gardeners by Linda Tilgner. Perfect, I thought, much as I love gardening, summer weather makes you think more of lounging under a shady tree than weeding. So here are some of the tips I’ve gleaned – […]

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Plant your winter garden NOW! September, when many new gardeners start to think about winter veggies, is too late.Sow carrots, beets, rutabagas, turnips, and winter radishes that you want to eat over the winter. Click on July above for more to-dos.

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Garlic Rust

Rust (Puccinia allii) is a fungal disease that attacks garlic, onions, chives, shallots and other alliums. Infestation becomes apparent in mid to late spring when weather is moist and warm. Yellowish orange flecks soon turn to bright orange pustules on the undersides of leaves. Rust is debilitating to the plant and can result in smaller, inferior garlic bulbs, so it’s important to deal with rust before it can take hold and spread. Prevention is the best method.

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The eight basic warm-season vegetables should go in later in May or even early June when the weather is (hopefully) reliably warm: beans, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, peppers, squash, and tomatoes.  Buy plants for eggplants, tomatoes and peppers, but you can still grow the rest from seeds.

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Spring Forward

I know some people hate the semi-annual time change – spring forward, fall back – but the longer hours in the early evenings have given me lots of time to work in my new gardens. And even if you are feeling a little sleep deprived, there’s nothing like some time spent in a garden to revive you.

March is the month to plan, plant and start seeds indoors. So get out your seed packages, find those gardening gloves, pick up a trowel, and let’s get gardening!

Elizabeth Cull, Franchise President

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