This coming Monday Aug. 28th at 6:00 pm Innisfree Farm and Botanical Garden at 3636 Trent Rd in Royston will host this month’s Earthsave vegan dine out. Hosts Thierry and Chanchal have put together a buffet menu featuring ingredients from their organic farm. The buffet will be served outdoors at the farm and guests are invited to tour the gardens before and after dinner.read more
A scary weather forecast for record-setting high temperatures this week, lingering over a longer than usual period, should send you out to the garden today to take some simple steps to protect your vegetables. Basically it boils down to 3 things: Shade, water, harvest.read more
Time to hold your nose and get on down to the Big Yellow Merville hall for the Sixth Annual Garlic Fest on Sunday, August 13th. Those garlic sellers are a jovial bunch so there will be lots of fun for all ages at this family event.read more
If you haven’t already sown beets, chard and leaf beet, rutabaga, radicchio, kohlrabi for winter harvests, do it right now so that plants have enough time to get to a mature size by the end of October. It is also time to plant out starts of winter broccoli and cauliflower and long-season cabbage (it is too late to sow from seed). If you sow now, you can still get very nice heads of the small pointy ‘sweetheart’ cabbages (Caraflex F1, Early Jersey Wakefield, Greyhound).
For successful winter harvests, plants have to have enough hours of daylight in the growing season to reach a good size because they can’t grow in the winter cold. When the sun is high in the sky at this time of year most gardens have enough daylength for good plant growth, but as the sun gets lower in in August, sunlight is increasingly blocked in the morning and afternoon by buildings, trees, even mountains. If you are gardening in a wide open area without such obstructions, you can plant a couple of weeks later than my suggested planting schedule, because your garden will receive more hours of sun. For the rest of us, planting on the earlier schedule compensates for fewer hours of direct sunshine in late summer and fall.read more
It’s a good food, garden (and news!) story. LUSH Valley Food Action Society is pleased to announce a free day of garden workshops and the launch of our mobile community cooler. The event will take place at the Share the Harvest Community Garden, located at 721 Harmston Ave, from 11:00am-4:00pm on July 9th, with over 12 workshops lead by key gardening experts of the region with lots of time for tours and mingling- our way of showcasing our beautiful community gardens and giving back to the community for their support and involvement. At 12pm we will also be unveiling our beautiful mobile community cooler which will be fully operational for the apple harvest of this seasons Fruit Tree Program and beyond.read more
Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections had spent the past 4 years building and nourishing the Community Garden that covers the front lawn of Lake Trail Middle school in the heart of Courtenay. This summer, programs for all ages will bring the garden to life and share...read more
I still feel like we are caught somewhere in endless spring, but believe it or not, some important planting windows for winter harvests are upon us.
Winter broccoli and winter cauliflower: Sow seeds from now until the end of June, either directly in the garden or in seed flats or pots. Given the rampaging slugs, pillbugs, birds and root rot diseases still plaguing us during all this wet weather, I have opted to sow mine in seedling trays and will keep them in the kitchen until they germinate (no need for bottom heat at this point).read more
Have you always loved the idea of growing your own food, flowers, and even trees, but never really had a garden to do it in? Well, the good news is, now you can. With container gardening growing plants has never been easier. It is a fairly simple practice which involves a pot or any type of vessel, some soil, and the plant of your choice. It is a perfect gardening option for people who live in small spaces or for those who move around a lot and do not want to leave their plants behind.read more
Coastal gardeners who did a lot of planting in the first really warm weather last weekend had a taste of what it is like to garden in the rest of Canada, where gardens are traditionally planted all at once on the May long weekend. By now, even the most delicate plants...read more