August

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.

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July

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.

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June

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.

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May

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.

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April

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.

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March

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.

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February

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 …

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January

It’s a new year, and soon we’ll be into the thick of gardening again! Here’s some tips on what to do to get ready:

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November

This is the month to plant spring-flowering bulbs like tulips, narcissus, and crocus for a great show next spring.  They are the most carefree of plants – simply plant and wait for spring. Bulbs can also be planted in containers – a good idea where deer are a nuisance.  Layer the bulbs in a large container (plant them on top of one another in layers) for a spectacular display from early to late spring.

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October

Plant garlic. You’ll find local, organic garlic available for planting at all Victoria area Dig This stores. For the rest of October’s To Do List, click on “October”.

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