Solving irrigation issues with Oyas

Solving irrigation issues with Oyas

This summer, Vancouver was hit with the worst drought in recent memory. Stage three watering restrictions were enforced for the first time in years. For gardeners like me, this meant that the usual watering methods – like soaker hoses on timers – were now illegal. Hand-watering, or using spring-loaded hose nozzles, were the only options….

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

July 2015: What to plant

July 2015: What to plant

Pardon the cliche, but I really can’t believe it’s almost July already. On Saturday morning, while picking an overwhelming amount of peas, I thought back to March and the excitement I had when I first planted this year’s seeds. Would they sprout? Would I get a decent harvest? It seemed to take forever for those plants to…

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