Want More Food? Grow More Flowers!

We all know that flowers attract bees and other pollinators, so it just makes sense to include flowers in or near your vegetable garden.

Planting flowers that attract bees will help fill the gaps when vegetables are not blooming keeping them fed and happy until your edibles bloom. More bees in your garden means more pollination means more fruits and vegetables!

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Time to Force Bulbs Indoors

It’s that time of year again – time to force bulbs to bloom indoors. Huge, gorgeous amaryllis bulbs are always popular in the winter months when little else is in bloom. If you pot up bulbs now and place them in a warm place, many will be in bloom at Christmas or shortly thereafter. They make a wonderful gift as they need little care except for occasional watering.

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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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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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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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Good Soil: The Real Dirt

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.

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Time to Think “Winter”

Now that that summer has arrived, it’s time to think about your winter garden. Yes, that’s right: if you want to extend your vegetable harvest into the fall and even right through the winter, you need to start planning for it now.

The biggest mistake new gardeners make is not starting early enough. Come September or October, it’s too late to plant a winter garden. Some plants, like kale, leeks, mustards, carrots and beets, can be planted now for winter eating. Since you’ll will be eating these plants throughout the winter, they must be full size by Halloween, so make sure you plant your winter harvest garden no later than mid-August. July is even better.

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Small is Beautiful: The Chronicles of an Allotment Garden

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 …

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