The Mid-Spring Garden

Garden Pictures May 15. There's nothing like early morning light to appreciate the Spring garden!

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The Do’s and Don’t’s of Groundcovers

Lots of plants are designated as "ground cover", because they do in fact cover the ground. If the whole object is to prevent weeds from falling on the soil and germinating, almost anything dense will do. But my own definition is limited to plants that are essentially living mulch (and you all know how much I … Continue reading The Do’s and Don’t’s of Groundcovers

Make YOUR Garden Sustainable

Make YOUR Garden Sustainable You've heard the buzz words: "Green gardening", "Sustainable gardening", "Environmentally sound gardening". But you don't know how to transform your water-guzzling, fertilizer-gobbling, time- and energy-intensive outdoor space into something that requires less of all those things. I'll be honest here. Much as I'm always encouraging my readers to DIY, and giving … Continue reading Make YOUR Garden Sustainable

Ways to Keep Your Garden Looking Great

Steve Whysall (Vancouver Sun gardening columnist) wrote a great article in Friday's paper entitled Six Ways To Keep Your Garden Looking Great. He interviewed Egan Davis, the chief instructor of the Horticultural Training Program at the University of B.C. Botanical Garden, but formerly at Van Dusen Botanical Garden, and one of my Master Gardener instructors. So I'm … Continue reading Ways to Keep Your Garden Looking Great

Window Boxes–A Recipe

I was at a garden clinic on Saturday, where a couple asked about what they might plant in their window boxes. As I think more about it, I'd give them different advice now than I did on Saturday. Not that my advice was necessarily wrong, just not the best for what they actually wanted. Their window boxes … Continue reading Window Boxes–A Recipe