Save time in your garden with these useful five tips

Save time in your garden with these useful five tips

Can you really grow your own food with a full-time job and a normal urban lifestyle? The answer is yes. The key is efficiency, organization, and perseverance.

What to do with a bumper crop

What to do with a bumper crop

The other day, after a couple of weeks of travel, I returned to the garden to discover that it had become a jungle. Our tiny chard seedlings were now full-sized plants. Our tomato vines had sprouted multiple stems. The carrots I’d seeded were badly in need of thinning. It took me two nonstop days to…

June 2015: what to plant

June 2015: what to plant

I’ve been away from my garden for two and a half weeks, and it’s tearing me apart. Late spring is prime time in the garden and here I am, missing key planting dates. Don’t get me wrong — life is great. It’s just been really busy.

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…

Thinning seedlings: Yes, you have to do it.

Thinning seedlings: Yes, you have to do it.

This week, I’m gearing up for the third and final session of Urban Garden Abundance, the Vancouver-based program I’m leading for Hollyhock, Canada’s Lifelong Learning Centre. In our first class, we built “mini raised beds” out of repurposed wine boxes and planted them up with a variety of veggie seeds – mesclun mixes, lettuce, mustards…

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