Re-Designing Your Garden

Apparently I'm not the only blogger starting the year by focussing on design rather than various plants and techniques. These three sources were in my inbox since Jan 1: Challenge Design Your Dream Yard is a 6-day challenge with Garden Tribe and Billy Goodnick to help you identify what you want from your garden, and how to get there.... Continue Reading →

Day 21 of Your Successful Vegetable Garden

Tomatoes! North America's favourite home-grown vegetable. (Actually, it's said it is "America's" favourite home-grown vegetable, but I'm sure Canadians are as keen on home-grown toms as Americans.) Garden Tribe's final day of Boot Camp focuses on tomatoes, and what a great ending (and how great that it's ending!). And isn't this a brilliant line: Some gardeners are... Continue Reading →

Veggie Tales Day 20

Herb Gardens. Boot Camp is almost done, and growing herbs is definitely the easiest way of getting going with your edible garden. I've written often about herbs,  so I won't re-hash everything here. A few quick notes: 1. Most of our popular herbs originate in the Mediterranean, so they like sunny exposures, but most, with the... Continue Reading →

Veggie Tales Day 16 and 17

The reason I've grouped Boot Camp Day 16 (Seed-Starting) and Day 17 (Seedling Transplanting) together is because I wrote about seed starting already on Day 14, and besides, they're pretty closely related. So a quick review: if you're sowing outdoors, make sure the seeds stay moist. That's pretty much it. If you're sowing indoors, you need... Continue Reading →

New Vegetable Garden Day 13

Vegetable Garden Day 13 Oh dear, running late again. Today's topic (GardenTribe's Boot Camp) is pretty basic--TOOLS--, so I'll skim over it quickly and get on to Day 14. So about Tools. I'm going to tell you about the tools I use most often, how I use them, and what I think about them. Shovel.... Continue Reading →

Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

I'm running way behind on Garden Tribe's 21-Day Veggie Garden Boot Camp, so I'll try to catch up the next few days. Day 8 topic is Raised Beds--a subject dear to my heart, because I think you can make a garden look really stunning by adding different levels. Of course, beauty is not necessarily the point... Continue Reading →

Veggie Garden – Day 5

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 →

Veggie Garden Day 3

Garden Tribe's "Boot Camp"--mini course on veggie gardening  continues. So I'm continuing with my annotations. You can benefit from my signally pitiful failures. They say the key to success is learning from our failures, so I should be really successful. Oh, unless of course I didn't actually learn... Never mind, on with Day 3--Where to Plant. My... Continue Reading →

This Year’s Veggie Garden Day 2

Continuing with Garden Tribe's 21 day  mini course on vegetable gardening, day 2 is all about climate and micro-climate. My editorial comments: You of course know about climate. In coastal BC it's usually rain for 10 months (this year being the exception) and sun for 2 months. Not much snow, not much frost, but also... Continue Reading →

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