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June in the Garden!
Now the fun really begins. We've had a slow start to summer in this area - extensive rain and cool temperatures - the first week of June has arrived and finally we're seeing warmer weather and can safely plant.
 
When the overnight temperatures are consistently double digits, plant your heat lovers like tomatoes and peppers.
 
Fertilize everything.
 
Get your compost up and running again. Your garden will thank you.
 
Keep your seeds well watered to get them sprouting. And keep new plantings well watered - don't let them dry out. New plants need lots of water - even drought tolerant ones.
 
Stake tall growing perennials and vegetables now before they become too big to get those stakes in.
 
Split overgrown perennials and share them with a friend...or donate them to  your local horticultural society's spring plant sale.
 
Prune any trees or shrubs - remove dead wood or any that is rubbing together to prevent disease from setting in.
 
Weed....always weed....
 
Take take time to enjoy the season.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 



 Starting from seed....it's Easy Peasie! And now is the time. Read how to start seeds indoors and help keep them healthy.

 

 

Best Squash Ever ! 

Tried a few new squashes last summer and in my opinion grew the best one ever. It was an outstanding performer with outstanding flavour. And the only squash I plan to grow this year. 
 
Renee's Garden Baby Butternut Squash - Honey Nut.
 
A petite, light-weight and colourful squash, baby butternut grows "up" perfectly on a trellis or A-frame with no need add supports to the fruit. When they first appear, they dark green and when ready to harvest are an interesting and unique darkish orange colour.
 
Certainly worth trying and great for any size garden.
 
 


Pixie Cantaloupe

This compact, palm-sized hybrid melon
weighs in at roughly 1.5-2 pounds and the
fruit is deliciously sweet and juicy. With
a small seed cavity and plenty of bright
orange fruit, it’s the perfect size for a
hot afternoon snack. And it’s just fun
to grow – even if it does look a little
bizzare when mature.

We were honoured to be part of a documentary on urban agriculture, created by film maker Phil McLeod. Here's the garden - from  Spring to Fall...

Is it poison oak or poison ivy? Find out here.

Chinese Pink Celery

Every year I try one or two new products I've never grown before. One of this year's is going to be Chinese Pink Celery - I happened to come across it while perusing the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed website (www.rareseeds.com).
 
I've read a number of publications that discuss how challenging celery can be to grow, but this one is shown as an easy-to-grow variety, and better yet - it's bright NEON pink. This one is going to look great in the garden. 
 
Started from seed, indoors, about 12 weeks ago. Seedlings are small and fragile, and best watered from the bottom. Now they're in the garden, and so far, so good.