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May in the Garden!
Garden season has arrived. Let's get digging!
Overseed and fertilizer the lawn.
Fertilizer shrubs and trees.
At mid-month plant cool season veggies like carrots, beets, chard, cabbage and potatoes.
Wait until the end of the month for the heat-lovers like tomatoes and peppers.
If you haven't already, start succession planting of greens.
Check shrubs for any damage or broken branches and prune....but be careful not to do too much pruning on spring flowering shrubs - wait until the blooms are finished.
Pull up weeds as they sprout (this never ends!)
Buy one new and unique plant from the garden centre.
Dig in compost and top up mulch on beds.
As the perenials start to sprout, split the overgrown ones and donate them to your local horticultural society spring plant sale.
Take long walks and 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.
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.
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.
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...
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