May

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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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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January

It’s a new year, and soon we’ll be into the thick of gardening again! Click on the word “January” above for some tips on what to do to get ready for the coming season.

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December

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.

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October

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

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September

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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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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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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