Day 5 of Garden Tribe's 21-day Boot Camp is sub-titled "Right Sizing for Success". Which incidentally I've already addressed in Veggie Garden Day 3. But since if you're anything like me you haven't actually started yet, let's just do a quick 3-point lesson: 1. No garden is "no-maintenance", so be realistic about how much time you can... Continue Reading →
Great Gardening Books
Oh dear, I fell like RLGS is turning into an Ad Agency. Today I got an e-newsletter from North Coast Gardening about some Kindle books that Amazon has on sale. So of course I checked them out, and within a minute I was the proud owner of another Tracy DiSabato-Aust book, "The Well-Tended Perennial Garden". I already... Continue Reading →
Tomato Mosaic Virus
Pretty soon I'll start writing again, but for now I'll just post this link from Doug Green's Garden, explaining what to do with this common tomato problem.
Mulch Volcanos or How Not to Plant Trees
It seems a lot of people and/or landscapers are under the misapprehension that when it comes to soil, more is better. This is not always the case. This volcano of soil is doing a couple of bad things to this poor rhodo. Firstly, stems and trunks should never be buried like this. You'll see more of... Continue Reading →
How to Capture Morning and Evening Light
How to use morning and evening light to your best advantage It's late October, but still a great time to be planting here in coastal BC. And one of the things I've loved about my own garden is how I serendipitously planted some shrubs and perennials where they'll GLOW in morning or evening light. And... Continue Reading →
Multiply Your Stock of Plants: Collect Seeds
There are some annuals in my garden that I just want more of, or I want to be able to give away to friends, so I make a point of collecting seeds as often as I can. But in many cases here in balmy Metro Vancouver, I don't have to do the work, the plants... Continue Reading →
5 Tips To Understanding Plant Labels
So here's the 5 main things to understand when you buy plants: 1. Hardiness Zone 2. Average Mature Size 3. Sun Exposure 4. Watering Needs 5. Planting Instructions Hardiness zone. This can be unnecessarily complex: there are USDA Plant Hardiness Zones which includes Canada, and bases hardiness zones on average minimum winter temperatures; Plant Hardiness Zones of Canada,... Continue Reading →
So You Bought a Shrub, Now What?
It occurs to me that people may be a little unclear about what to do with that cute little plant you just bought/received/acquired. I mean, how hard can it be? 1. Buy. 2. Take out of pot. 3. Put in the ground. 4. Watch it grow. Well, the answer is, pretty much not hard at... Continue Reading →