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 happens when you plant seeds in November?

What happens when you plant seeds in November?

Gardening is all about curiosity and creative exploration. Sometimes, I try things that break all the rules, just because it’s fun and interesting. Like planting seeds in November. Last fall, I pulled out our tomato plants and was confronted with an empty garden bed. The “normal” options were to either throw some mulch on it…

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…

VIDEO: Save space in your garden with interplanting

VIDEO: Save space in your garden with interplanting

Our garden is jam-packed right now. The tomatoes are showing no signs of slowing down and our summer kale is chest-high. We’re still planting salad greens each week. Our true winter crops, like curly kale, leeks, parsley and parsnips are happily coming into their own.  

How to grow salad greens all summer long

How to grow salad greens all summer long

Salad greens are arguably the most worthwhile of all vegetables to grow at home. With just a few pots on a small, shady balcony, you can achieve a steady supply of arugula, spinach, baby lettuce, mustards and mesclun mix. Greens have a very short shelf-life (think of the slimy mixes you’ve inevitably purchased at the…

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…

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.

DIY Wine box planters

DIY Wine box planters

Wooden wine boxes are free from my local liquor store, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy to get. They’re only available for a short time each year, usually in the fall, when the year’s Bordeaux wines are released. And there are usually only a few stores in Vancouver that carry fine Bordeaux in crates, meaning…

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