What we’re planting this May

What we’re planting this May

Vancouver has had what feels like an unusually mild spring so far. We’ve already enjoyed plenty of summer-like days. As much as these soaring temperatures are pleasant, I also find them a bit discomforting. Each year seems warmer than the last. Flowers are blooming ahead of schedule. Our rhododendrons used to blossom in May; this…

What gardeners eat in the fall

What gardeners eat in the fall

Gardening is a year-round activity for our family. Although many people traditionally think of growing food as a spring-time pursuit, the reality is that, in our mild hometown of Vancouver, vegetables can be harvested almost year-round. Cold weather improves the flavour of many crops. It sweetens carrots and reduces the summertime bitterness of spicy greens…

Seeds you can plant in September

Seeds you can plant in September

Can you feel it? The chill in the mornings, the breeze in the air. Fall is on its way. Vancouver has experienced its first serious rain in what has been one of our hottest, driest summers on record. I, for one, am rejoicing. Rain means that my family and I don’t have to spend hours…

What to plant in August: 2015 edition

What to plant in August: 2015 edition

It’s the height of summer. In our garden, things are doing surprisingly well, despite the severe drought and Stage 3 watering restrictions Vancouver currently faces. I credit our rich soil for that. It soaks up water like a sponge with just the minimal hand-watering we’ve been doing every few days. Yesterday, I tried giving a…

Winter is coming: five tips to plan your winter garden

Winter is coming: five tips to plan your winter garden

June 21 marked the longest day of the year, with a sunset of 9:22pm in Vancouver. It feels as if our current hot weather could last forever. But six months from now, it will be dark by 4:17pm and the days will be cold and drizzly. Winter is coming. By growing food year-round — not…

What to plant in May: 2015 edition

What to plant in May: 2015 edition

If you take a close look at the West Coast Seeds planting chart, you might notice an interesting detail: there are more seeds that you can plant in May than any other month of the year. And while your climate might be different from ours in coastal British Columbia, chances are that, if you live…

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