Category Archives: BLOG

Student Helper Needed

We are seeking a part-time student helper for 6 weeks of work from the week of April 25th -June 6th.   It is very part time, just 4-6 hours per week – after school and weekends are fine.  From April 25th-May 20th the work will be transplanting and caring for seedlings...
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Fall Garden FAQs

When should I harvest my squash? If the plant has died from powdery mildew, or random causes, then pull those squash off.  You are not a terrible gardener if you only have 1-2 squash per plant, but it is worth examining the reasons behind your low yields.  Were you supplying...
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My 5 Favourite Garden Tools

There is so much that you must be doing in your gardens right now that I don’t know where to begin when giving advice.  Your garlic should be out drying by now, your peas and arugula should be done, your tomatoes need to be staked, your potted plants must be...
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How to Really Support Your Tomatoes

If I had given you this information at the start of the season, you wouldn’t have listened.  Those fresh smelling tomato seedlings that you purchased from a local grower at the Farmer’s Market were so small, innocent, and you had plenty of time to get some supports for them, they were barely growing....
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A Garden Quiz!

As you read this, please put out your left hand, palm down.  Now prepare your right hand to slap your left hand when you answer no to any of the following questions: 1) Have you visited your garden today? “Yes”= Pat on back! “No”= Handslap. 2) Have you visited your garden...
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6 Things to Do in the Garden ASAP

1) Pinch flowers and suckers off tomatoes and peppers – While I haven’t yet scientifically tested this theory, it seems pretty logical that if you pinch off the first couple sets of flowers the plant will focus more energy on growing roots and foliage.  This will ensure a large, strong plant...
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How to Grow Great Spinach, Arugula, Cilantro and Dill

What do these crops have in common?  They like cool weather, and they don’t like warm weather.  Have you ever brought home one of these seedlings from the nursery, planted it in your garden, and watched it do nothing.  In fact, did that dill plant shrink??  Or have you planted spinach,...
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Plant Now? The Devil is in being Prepared

  When to plant your Frost Sensitive plants/seeds?   Some risk takers are out there planting their tomatoes right now.  Yep, they might be eating fresh garden tomatoes in July.  Or they might be out planting again in a week because an unexpected frost hit one night and wiped out their...
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How to Get a Positive ROI in your Veg Garden?

To accompany monotonous gardening tasks I listen to CBC Radio 1.  It shifts my focus from mind-numbing-teeth-grinding bean picking, to one of intelligent dialogue. I go from being the gardener to the re-incarnated Aristotle, working in his gardens studying the resiliency of ecosystems.  Yes dear reader, just like that.  Your...
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