This weekend many of us will sit down with family and friends and celebrate Thanksgiving together. I’ve always maintained that in Canada we have so much to be thankful for that we have become masters at coming up with things to complain about! Weather, governments, bad drivers, our neighbours to the south; we are very […]

At this time of the year the new catalogues are arriving at the garden centre and my fellow plant nerds and I are poring over the latest and greatest avalanche of new varieties of heucheras, echinaceas, hostas and hydrangeas. Man, it’s confusing! Why are there so many? Take hydrangeas for example. When I first started […]

I know the annuals are still looking spectacular and you’re hesitant to pull them out, but eventually it’s going to freeze and one morning those geraniums will be mounds of black mush. It’s a bit early to plant bulbs but it’s definitely not too early to be planning for the next phase in the garden […]

If you think that fall is a busy time in your garden you’re right. There is no shortage of chores that should be completed, and you probably don’t need me to list them out for you. With all of the tasks at hand, it’s good to know that pruning and fertilizing aren’t on the job […]

When you purchase a house you also receive, depending on the specifics of the arrangements you make with the previous owner, the garden. This can be extremely exciting or extremely daunting, depending on your point of view. I was privy to a situation this past week that was both! Picture this. Young couple with a […]

Interesting. We can all acknowledge that it’s been a very dry year in our valley but when you look at the rainfall totals for May, June and July they are actually only slightly below the amounts we normally receive. Timing is everything however. We got 2/3 of May’s total in one day, the Victoria Day […]

Despite all of their trials and tribulations, tomatoes are still the most popular vegetable (or to be botanically correct, fruit) grown in North America. Sometimes we may wonder early in the growing season why we go through all of the trouble, as there is a long list of potential problems that can plague the tomato. […]

I would like to present my nomination for “Most Annoying Garden Pest in a Continuous Role.” Every summer my garden, any many others, is plagued with grasshoppers. Perhaps plague is too strong a word because they don’t swarm through and eat everything as in a Hollywood movie. But they certainly enjoy certain plants; they leave […]

I love my espresso coffee in the morning. It’s as much a routine in our house as anything we do. When the power went out in Summerland around 5:30 am two weeks ago my first anxious thought was “How am I going to make coffee?” Stovetop burner on the barbecue to the rescue! All of […]

Summer time and the flower beds are dazzling us with colour, the vegetable garden is yielding its harvest and shrubs are full of blooms. It’s a time to sit back and enjoy the rewards of spring’s labours. But it’s also a time to take a break and get away for a vacation. For many keen […]