Be prepared for cold weather. Bring tender plants inside or put them under cover in a frost-free greenhouse, a conservatory, a porch, or anywhere where the plants can continue to get light, but avoid the frost and harshest of the winter weather. Click on December above to read more.Read more »
Plant spring flowering bulbs for a great show next spring. Shop early, while the selection is good. Try to select a variety of bulbs with different blooming times so you can extend the show from January to June. Read more …Read more »
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 […]Read more »
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.Read more »
Take a day off! Okay, we’re gardeners: being in the garden IS a day off! But do take time to sit back and enjoy your garden and all that hard work you have put in. Just don’t forget the sun block.
Plant your winter garden NOW! Sow carrots, beets, rutabagas, turnips, and winter radishes that you want to eat over the winter. Click on July above for more to-dos.Read more »
After a cool, wet spring some of feel summer’s not really begun. So please forgive us for talking about winter gardens. Yes, we said “winter”. If you want to harvest food throughout the fall and into next year, you need to plan and plant now.Read more »
Oh … what to say about what to do in the garden this May! May is normally the month gardeners can usually count on to be consistently warm and fine for all flowers and vegetables. But earlier this week, a cold rain was pouring down. Most gardeners figure we are at least 4 weeks behind this season, and many are cautioning to delay planting all warm-season plants until it really warms up.Read more »
April is the month gardener’s wait for – this is the month you can really get planting in earnest. Click on “April” to get the full to-do list for this month.Read more »
This year’s cold, wet and snowy weather is causing a lot of seasoned gardeners to rethink their planting dates. Linda Gilkeson – our own local gardening guru from Salt Spring Island – says she is pushing back her dates by two weeks.Read more »
Wondering what to start seeding now? The best resource on this is the FREE West Coast Seed Catalogue which has a handy chart telling you what you can start indoors, direct seed or transplant each month. Pick one up at any of our stores. More …Read more »