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…

March: Tuberous Begonias

Start tuberous begonia tubers indoors about 6 weeks before the last frost date.  Place them in a shallow container filled with a growing medium that is porous but moisture retentive and does not contain fertilizer or manure.  Coarse sphagnum moss,…

March: Selecting Lettuce Seed

Students at the Colorado State University studied varieties of lettuce seeds to determine which were most resistant to bolting.  Batavian lettuce varieties, a cross between leaf lettuce and head lettuce,  came out on top.  The most resistant Batavian cultivars were…

October: Preparing Your Vegetable Garden For Winter

Add organic matter to your vegetable garden to restore the nutrients that this summer’s crops have absorbed.  Remove all crop residue and weeds.  Once the soil surface is clear, layer on the organic matter – chopped leaves, compost, manure –…

October: What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas

It may be tempting to transport leaves from your city garden to your cottage garden or vice versa but resist the temptation.  Transporting leaves from one location to another may also transport a disease or pest that exists in one…

October: Leaves on the Garden

Rake the soggy masses of leaves off your garden – chop them up and return them to your garden as a cozy blanket for your soil during the winter.  The chopped leaves will decompose and add valuable nutrients to your…

October: Leaves on the Lawn

Don’t rake the fallen leaves off your lawn and don’t leave them as wet masses of whole leaves.  Run over them with your lawn mower to chop them up and allow the small pieces to remain on the lawn.  They…

October: Save Your Fallen Leaves

And your neighbours’ too! Composted leaves are “gardeners’ gold”. Rake leaves into a single pile and surround with a simple barrier to keep them from blowing away. A 2 metre pile of leaves will break down dramatically over the winter.…

October: Keep Caring for Your Lawn

Keep cutting and watering your lawn as long as it continues to grow, most likely until early November. Aerating, dethatching, and adding fertilizer now will give your lawn a headstart next spring.…

October: Plant Garlic

Plant garlic in early October, in a sunny spot with loose, crumbly soil. Over the rest of the fall, the garlic clove will develop roots. The garlic bulbs will be ready to harvest next July or August.  …