May: Carrots and Parsnips

Carrot and parsnip seeds need a moist seed bed for good germination.  Cover the seed bed with burlap to help retain the moisture.  Always water the seedbed with a very gentle spray so that the seeds are not disturbed.  Remove…

May: Grass Clippings

Leave grass clippings on your lawn as they are a natural source of nitrogen for the grass.  If your clippings are unusually heavy, spread them out rather than leaving them in a pile or windrow.…

May: Flowers in the Vegetable Garden

Include some flowering herbs or annuals in your vegetable garden to attract beneficial insects to your garden.  Some vegetables such as cucumbers and zucchini have both male and female flowers and require a visit from a bee or other pollinator…

May: Interplanting Vegetables

Plant two crops in the same space. Consider each plant’s growth period, growth pattern, preferred season, and light, nutrient and water requirements. Long-season and short-season vegetables can be planted together, such as radishes with carrots. Small plants can planted close…

May: The Chelsea Chop

To create sturdier plants that need less staking and to delay or extend the flowering period, cut some of your perennials back at the end of May (when the Chelsea Flower Show happens). Simply cut the plants back by half.…

May: Patience Pays Off!

Vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and eggplant are very susceptible to cool temperatures.  Be patient and wait to plant these vegetables until both day and night time temperatures have warmed up to at least 10 Celcius.  Lower temperatures can…

May: Broadleaf Weeds

Hand digging broadleaf weeds such as dandelions, thistles, crabgrass and plantain out of your lawn will often leave a bare patch.  Sprinkle a mix of grass seed, compost and brick sand over this bare patch so that it will be…

May: Dividing Overcrowded Grasses

Do some of your grasses have an empty, dead centre? That tells you it’s time to divide them, before they start to grow vigorously. Cut the foliage back to 10 to 15 centimetres, then dig up the entire clump. Use…

May: Hardening Off Plants

All plants – vegetable seedlings, perennials, annuals – coming from an indoor environment (home, garden centre, greenhouse) must be gradually acclimatized to the outdoor environment. Put them outdoors in a sheltered area for an hour the first day. Each day,…

May: Moving Houseplants Outdoors

Like you, houseplants enjoy a summer vacation outdoors … but don’t rush to take them out. Wait until night time temperatures are consistently above 10°C. You can begin exposing your plants to higher light levels while waiting, moving them from…