How to capture the signs of spring with a garden photo diary

How to capture the signs of spring with a garden photo diary

Can you feel it? Spring is in the air. Although winter technically doesn’t end until the spring equinox on March 20, it truly feels like the world is waking up from its slumber. On my morning walks to work, I’ve been noticing lots of flowers: snowdrops, crocuses, forsythia, viburnum, hellebores, camellias, daffodils, and, perhaps the…

Seeds you can start in February

Seeds you can start in February

Can you feel it? Spring is (almost) in the air. Walking to work each morning, I’ve been noticing the first signs of the world waking up from winter. Snow drops and crocuses are starting to bloom. In our garden, chard, arugula and kale seem to perk up every time the sun comes out. Our leeks…

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…

March 2015: What I’m Planting This Month

March 2015: What I’m Planting This Month

This past winter has been one of the mildest in Vancouver history. At home, we barely had to turn the heat on. February has passed by with gorgeous, brightly sunny days that coaxed cherry blossoms, crocuses and daffodils into full bloom weeks ahead of schedule. The weather is completely beautiful, but it can bring a…

Give Peas a Chance: Planting Peas

Give Peas a Chance: Planting Peas

  Why do fresh-picked garden peas taste so much better than anything you can buy in the store? Well, their sugars turn into starches shortly after harvest, which means that the true flavour of a sun-ripened pea, popped off the plant and right into your mouth, can’t be faked. Peas don’t need much space to…

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