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…

April: Cutting Back Perennials and Grasses

Perennials have started to grow and the spring bulbs have broken through the soil. It is time to clean up the brown stalks of perennials and ornamental grasses left standing over the winter. Cut back down to the crowns of…

April: Compost

If your compost pile has thawed by the beginning of the month, now’s the time to give it a good stirring.At the end of the month, when the weather has improved and the garden is dry enough to work in, …

April: Spring Clean-up

As lawns and gardens appear from under blankets of snow, all the winter debris is revealed.  The urge to get the rake out and clean-up is great.  But wait!  Allow the ground to de-frost and dry up before cleaning up. …

April: Flowers in the Vegetable Garden

As you plan your vegetable garden, include some flowering herbs and annuals in it to encourage the beneficial bugs to visit your garden.  This is especially important if you plan to grow vegetables such as zucchini and cucumbers which have…

April: Cool Season Vegetables

Vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, beets, peas and radishes all enjoy cool soil and can be usually be planted starting in mid to late April – check the long range forecast first in case some very cool weather is coming…

April: Do Not Work Wet Soil

To prevent soil compaction and damage to plant roots, wait until the soil is dry enough to crumble in your hand before walking and working in your garden. If you must step into the garden for some reason (to prune,…

April: Trap Crops

A trap crop is one that you plant to attract pests away from a crop that you want to protect.  For example, you could sow a row of white turnip in advance of sowing your lettuce crop.  The flea beetle…