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By , June 30, 2014

Fall Gardening is Here!

Nobody wants to admit it but fall is quickly approaching and it is time to start thinking about fall gardening. But don’t despair there are a lot of great plants that you can plant and grow in the fall. You can replace your summer annuals with things like Fall Garden Mums or if you are ready you can plant Winter Pansies. The fall months are when you want to plant you spring flowering bulbs like Crocus, Daffodils, Hyacinths, and Tulips. There are also the Fall Flowering Crocus that you can plant now to enjoy their blooms right away. Of course there are still many great Perennials that are in bloom and will continue to bloom through the fall like Echinacea, Rubeckia, and Sedum. If you are growing herbs and vegetables there is still time for a crop of Carrots, Radishes, Spinach, Lettuce, and more. There is a great selection of Fall and Winter Vegetables that you can plant now to grow this fall and winter. And of course it wouldn’t be fall without the beauty and colour of the fall leaves of Trees.

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Garlic

September 15th, 2014

Grow your own Garlic!

Vampires beware it’s time to plant garlic. Fall is a great time to plant your garlic crop for next year and growing good garlic is easy. If you just plant the cloves in the ground anytime between September and March and it will probably grow. But if you want to grow large, healthy bulbs, there is more to it. Click here to download our Garlic Growing Tips Information Brochure.

This year you can choose from ten different varieties of garlic, including three varieties of certified organic garlic. They include:

  • Regular White – regular type of white garlic, has a mild flavor
  • Elephant - has large cloves but very mild flavor
  • German Hardneck – A very nice strain for our northern climates. Great for roasting due to large cloves.
  • Legacy - A rocambole type hard neck garlic produces 4 to 6 cloves in a large bulb. Has a strong, full flavour.
  • Mexican Purple – This garlic has a hot flavour when raw, but becomes milder when baked
  • Metechi – Spicy hot flavor, said to grow like a weed and store like a rock
  • Music - Music is large beautiful and a well-formed porcelain garlic. Its flavor is very rich and musky, strong and robust and sticks around for a while.
  • Red - The standard of excellent flavor in rocambole garlic. This is a delightfully mild, full flavored, productive garlic that store very well, present a nice appearance and has an excellent raw flavor
  • Russian Red – A rocambole hardneck garlic with a rich, musky flavour and is very hot when eaten raw. Grows great in the northwest

Fall Trees

September 1st, 2014

Fall is when trees show their best colours!

Most of the time we take the trees in our garden for granted. We enjoy the shade and the privacy they provide. Fall is when many of those trees show their best colours. The range of red andĀ orange colours seems limitless. If you are looking around your yard and wondering where you can add a bit of colour look up and see if you have space for a tree.

Some of the best trees for fall colour include the Maples, both Japanese and European types. Even the green leaf varieties turn to beautiful yellow, orange and red tones. Other great choices include the Katsura Tree (Cercidiphyllum japonica), Sourwood (Oxydendron), and the Forest Pansy (Cercis).

Fall and Winter Vegetables

September 1st, 2014

It is time to start Your Winter Vegetable Garden!

As the summer begins to wind down you should be thinking about growing winter vegetables. There are many vegetable that you can grow during a west coast winter. You can start them from seed likeĀ lettuce, carrots, and radishes. You can also buy plants that are already growing like broccoli, cabbage, kale, and Swiss chard. You can even plant herbs like Sage and Thyme now for a fall or winter harvest.

Fall Flowering Crocus

August 30th, 2014

Fall Flowering Crocus are Ready to Bloom!

Did you know that there were crocus bulbs that flower in the fall? In fact there are several varieties of the Fall Flowering Crocus that bloom in late September and early October. The most popular are the Colchicum varieties including ‘Album’ (White), ‘The Giant’ (Pink), and ‘Water Lily’ (Double Pink). There is also the Crocus sativus, also known as the Saffron Crocus, and the Crocus Zonatus.

Fall Flowering Crocus are easy to grow and flower profusely and reliably every fall. They naturalize very easily and every few years you can divide them and spread them throughout your garden. They grow best in well drained soil in a partially sunny location.

Fall Garden Mums

August 25th, 2014

Add Fall Colour to Your Garden with Mums!

Mums are a great addition to your garden for fall. They provide colour from August to October. They are a great combination plant with Pansies, Kale, or other fall perennials. They are excellent in the garden or in pots and containers. Mums are sold as annuals but they can be left in the garden to flower again next year, just cut them back in the winter and they come up again next spring.

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