Harvesting Compost

It's always a happy thing to go the the compost heap and find enough composted material for a new mini vegetable bed. But's it's an especially happy thing to harvest more than compost--

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Vegetable Garden: Understanding Soil

Day 9 of Garden Tribes' Boot Camp for novice gardens. Today it's all about soil--what it is, what it isn't, and how you make it work for you and your harvest. Before going any further you should know that if you are in a newly constructed house, the "material" surrounding the house may bear little resemblance to soil. … Continue reading Vegetable Garden: Understanding Soil

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

First Rose Bloom of the Season

Any first blooms of the season are exciting, And somehow, roses are up there with the best of them. I have quite a few roses, some I love more than others, but Julia Child, now entering only its 4th year in my garden, is the best of the best. Her growth habit is restrained and … Continue reading First Rose Bloom of the Season