Spring Weed Management

Here I am again not writing my own post, but linking to someone else's. But why re-invent the wheel right? If another writer did a good job, I'm happy to lead you to them. So today's lesson is Weed Control Techniques thanks to Comox blogger Through Nana's Garden Gate. I'll just make a few editorial comments: Control with... Continue Reading →

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 →

Mulches Part II

Bark vs arborist's wood chips: Again, I defer to Linda Chalker-Scott: The Myth of Pretty Mulch pretty much 😉 says it all. Using bark mulch has too many disadvantages, whereas wood chips have few. So  this: ...is now this: As I've said in previous posts, my garden is my research field. So I'm going to try... Continue Reading →

Wood Chips in the Garden

Very quick post here. Having received a driveway-load of wood chips from a local tree service, and knowing that it's largely of the cedar-Thuja-Douglas-fir variety, I googled to find out if it was safe to use as garden mulch now, or should I pile it up in an enormous mountain in the backyard waiting for... Continue Reading →

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