Why leaving your leaves is loving your leaves

Why leaving your leaves is loving your leaves

We gardeners can sometimes do strange things in pursuit of our craft. There was once a time when I would “nicely” rake our neighbour’s lawns in the fall without asking. I even went so far as to coerce my roommates into helping me gather and haul garbage bags of leaves back to our yard. Traditionally,…

How to do a fall garden cleanup

How to do a fall garden cleanup

The beginning of fall can often feel like a “second spring” in the garden. The other day, I discovered that our cantaloupes – a mostly failed experiment that yielded one perfect but tiny melon – had started to set fruit again. Crocuses are poking their heads out of the ground. Bees are coming out to…

Why you should mulch your vegetable garden this summer

Why you should mulch your vegetable garden this summer

Until recently, I wasn’t a big mulcher. I was confused by how to apply it in our small, densely planted space. I was daunted by the prospect of stockpiling large amounts of organic matter each year. I made a few attempts, but didn’t really get it. Until this summer. With our current stage 3 watering…

Growing vegetables during watering restrictions

Growing vegetables during watering restrictions

As of July 21, Stage 3 watering restrictions are in effect across Vancouver. I should have been prepared for this news. It’s been predicted for a while. But it was still hard to take.

How to harvest vegetables and save water

How to harvest vegetables and save water

This past weekend, Vancouver had its first rain in a long time. I’ve never been so excited for cloudy skies. But we’re not out of the woods with B.C.’s drought yet. Vancouver has recently entered stage 3 watering restrictions, a step up from the stage 2 restrictions we faced earlier this summer. Now, only hand-watering…

Gardening in a heat wave: five ways to nurture plants in hot weather

Gardening in a heat wave: five ways to nurture plants in hot weather

Gardening gives us a front-row seat to changes in our climate and weather. Plants are incredibly sensitive to variations in temperature and daylight, and by observing them closely, we can get cues about our surroundings that would otherwise fall below human perception. The timing of opening flowers, ripening fruit, pest invasions and germinating seeds tell…

Preparing your garden for winter

Preparing your garden for winter

A couple of weeks ago, my family and I pulled our tomato plants out. There’s something about that moment that really signifies the end of the summer. My mom carefully picked any remaining green tomatoes from the vines, and I made a surprisingly delicious soup from them (I adapted the recipe for a vegetarian version)….

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