Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental Grasses The appreciation of ornamental grasses has ebbed and flowed a bit over the years, but as a low-maintenance, multi-season interest plant, they are hard to beat! It takes a while to understand the nature of each variety of grass and to see what it...
Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardening

Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardening

Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardening In the Lower Mainland, fast crops like lettuce, some brassicas, peas, beans, radishes, Swiss chard, and beets can easily be planted in late summer, especially from started crops or transplants, for harvesting from September through...
Pruning Fruit Trees

Pruning Fruit Trees

Pruning Fruit Trees Ladies and gentlemen, sharpen your blades… it’s pruning time! With a little reading, a careful assessment of your trees and the right tools, you really can do it on your own!  As a rule of thumb, you can place fruit trees into three different...
Pumpkins!

Pumpkins!

Pumpkins! Pumpkins are often a child’s first introduction to horticulture—and what an interesting and rewarding plant it is to learn from! A single seed will grow into a sprawling plant, filled with bright blooms visited by bees, and ultimately producing...
Dogwoods

Dogwoods

Dogwoods When we mention dogwoods, most folks think of our provincial flower that comes from the native dogwood, ‘Cornus nuttallii’ or the beautiful pink ‘floridas’.  Actually, the dogwood family is large and quite diverse.  ‘Cornus’ is the...
Preparing Summer Vegetable Gardens

Preparing Summer Vegetable Gardens

Preparing Summer Vegetable Gardens Before you lift even one shovel full of soil to get your summer vegetable garden ready, we’d like to offer a few suggestions on how to achieve better success with your edibles this year.  We tend to be creatures of habit, but why not...