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 really happy to report that all of Egan’s “six ways” have been previously addressed here in the pages of Real Life Garden Solutions!
Here’s a quick overview:
1. Mulch. And only use organic amendments to the soil, and only fertilizers that are actually needed. See here for LOTS more info.
2. Make sure your soil is carrying enough moisture. Adding compost will help with that.
3. Leave your fall garden “unkempt” for the critters. Read more here.
4. I love this one: Don’t be afraid to make changes. It’s one of my design mantras. A garden should be something that delights in changing over the years.
5. Grow some from seed. I haven’t written this post yet, but the pictures are all ready to go…
6. Become a backyard ecologist. Yes, I’ve written lots on this.