Category: Veg Fruit Herbs

Sea Soil

By Miles Hunter, March 10, 2014

March 10th, 2014

Re-energize your soil with Sea Soil!

Sea Soil Bag

Does your vegetable or flower garden need some more nutrients for this year? It is recommended that you add compost or manure as well as some fertilizer to your garden every year and there is no better way than with Sea Soil. This OMRI Certified Organic soil is a mixture of composted forest fines and fish which are excellent sources of organic matter and nutrients for your vegetable or flower garden.

To apply Sea Soil to your garden simply spread a 1 to 2 inch layer on the surface of the soil and mix it in with a shovel or garden fork. You can also use Sea Soil as a top dress in your shrub beds. Sea Soil is an excellent soil of Iron and other micronutrients for you Rhododendrons, Azaleas, and other shrubs. If you top dress the soil under your roses with Sea Soil the composted forest fines (Bark) will help to supress fungal spores to prevent black spot or mildew. The layer of bark also helps to retain moisture in the soil to reduce you watering needs.

Really, you just need to put Sea Soil on everything in your garden!

Fruit Trees Have Arrived

By Miles Hunter, February 28, 2014

February 28th, 2014

Grow your own fresh fruit!

If you have been thinking about growing your own fruit now is the best time to plant fruit trees and other berries. You can choose from over 75 varieties of Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Peaches, Pears, Plums, and more. Please call the stores to check whether we have an item in stock as they sell out quickly. If you have a small space garden we have a selection of Dwarf fruit trees including apples, cherries, and peaches.

Please Note: Due to space limitations not all varieties are available at our Vancouver store but you can have any variety transferred to the Vancouver store from our Surrey store.

Click here to download our 2014 Fruit Tree List

Potato

By Miles Hunter, February 27, 2014

February 27th, 2014

Grow Your Own Potatoes!

Potatoes are one of the easiest vegetables to grow yourself. All they require is a nice sunny location in rich fertile soil. You can plant them from March to May and harvest them from July to October. You can grow white, red, and/or yellow varieties that are good for cooking, frying, boiling, or baking.

The Vancouver store has the following varieties; Bintje, Caribe, Cecile, Norland, Pacific Russet, RedPontiac, Warba, and Yukon Gold.

The Surrey store has the following varieties; Bintje, Caribe, Chieftan, Dakota Pearl, Kennebec, Norland, Pacific Russet, Russet Burbank, Warba, Red Pontiac, Sangre, and Yukon Gold. As well as the specialty varieties; Banana, and French Fingerling.

Click here to download our Potato growing brochure with a list of the varieties and descriptions for each of them.

Photos courtesy of W&A Farms http://www.wafarms.ca/

Onions

By Miles Hunter, February 24, 2014

February 24th, 2014

Onions are ready to plant!

If you are eager to get growing in your garden the first vegetables are arriving at our stores. One of the earliest vegetables that you can plant are Onions. You can choose from Red, White, and Yellow Onions.

Dried or fresh, raw or cooked, onions are an indispensable ingredient in a variety of soups, salads, breads, and casseroles. Onions are easier to grow than you might think, and they’re a great plant for tucking into spare corners and along the edges of garden beds.

You can choose from Red, Spanish, White, or Yellow onions to grow in your garden this year.

Our 2014 Seeds Have Arrived!

By Miles Hunter, January 20, 2014

January 20th, 2014

Choose from a selection of fresh Seeds!

Our stores have received their 2014 seed racks. These fresh new seeds are ready to grow. Now is a great time to to start many of them in your home to be ready to plant in your garden when the warmer weather arrives in April and May. Most seeds can now be started indoors in a sunny window.

If you are looking for Certified Organic Seeds several of our suppliers have a selection of Organic Seeds on their racks.

You can choose from the following seed companies:

Click here for our Seed Starting Brochure

Winter Vegetables

By Miles Hunter, August 19, 2013

August 19th, 2013

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 like 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.

Notice: Join us at our Surrey store this Saturday September 8th at 10:30 AM for a seminar on growing winter vegetables. For a list of the upcoming classes, demonstrations, and seminars please click here.

Grapes

By Miles Hunter, July 18, 2013

July 18th, 2013

Grow your own Grapes!

Grapes can make an excellent addition to your garden. In addition to producing grapes they serve many purposes. They can be grown up an arbour to provide shade for your patio. Grapes can also be grown up a trellis to provide privacy from your neighbours. You can even use the leaves to make Dolmades.

There are two basic types; wine grapes or table grapes. For 2013 you can choose from the following varieties:

Wine Grapes

  • Cabernet Sauvingnon
  • Chardonnay
  • De Chaunac
  • Foch
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Reisling Type (GM318)
  • Sauvingnon Blanc
  • Shiraz

Table Grapes

  • Campbell
  • Concord
  • Glenora
  • Niagara
  • Valiant
  • Vanessa

For more information about growing grapes click here.

Herbs

By Miles Hunter, June 10, 2013

June 10th, 2013

Savour the Flavour of Fresh Herbs!

If you enjoy cooking with fresh herbs there is nothing more rewarding than a herb garden full of Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, and Basil to use in your culinary creations. There are many flavourful herbs that are easy to grow in your garden or in pots on your patio. In addition to their flavour many herbs are very aromatic and make an excellent addition to your garden. The beautiful blue flowers of rosemary are as ornamentally beautiful as they are culinarily delicious. I can not imagine a garden without at least a few herbs.

You can choose from a broad range of herbs including:

  • Basil
  • Bay Leaf
  • Cat Grass
  • Chamomile
  • Chives
  • Cilantro/Coriander
  • Curry
  • Dill
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Majoram
  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Savory
  • Stevia
  • Thyme

For some advice on growing herbs, including a chart of culinary uses, click here. For a list of companion planting, including herbs and vegetables, click here.

Sweet Potato

By Miles Hunter, May 31, 2013

May 31st, 2013

Grow Your Own Sweet Potatoes!

If you have a nice sunny spot and you’re looking for something easy to grow try one of the Sweet Potato varieties available. Sweet Potatoes, which are in the Ipomoea family are tubers that you can plant in a pot or in the ground. You might be more familiar with their ornamental cousins which have beautiful chartreuse or dark purple foliage. The ornamental varieties develop tubers as well, although they are generally not edible. The edible varieties (Ipomoea batatas) have a plain green leaf and rarely flower. They require little watering or feeding and when harvested they store very well. For 2013 you can choose from the following varieties:

  • Carver
  • Georgia Jet
  • Superior
  • Tainung 65

For more information about how to grow Sweet Potatoes click here.

Mighty Mato Grafted Tomatoes

By Miles Hunter, May 13, 2013

May 13th, 2013

Mighty Mato Grafted Tomatoes – Have Arrived!

One of the easiest and most rewarding vegetable crops to grow on your own are Tomatoes. Now they are even easier with the new Mighty Mato grafted Tomatoes. Mighty Mato Tomatoes are like superheroes they are stronger, faster, more able to fend off pests and diseases than regular tomato plants. They are also most drought so you can miss a watering or two. They are also more cold tolerant so they can begin producing earlier and continue producing later in the season. But most importantly they produce bigger crops of tomatoes.

How do they do this? They are better because they are “grafted”. Grafting is where the top part of one plant is attached to the root system of a separate plant (the rootstock).  The top part of the plant fuses with the bottom part of the plant and combine the rootstock’s vigor and disease resistance with the  exceptional fruit quality of the top plant.  These are NOT genetically modified in any way. They are some of the same great varieties that have been grown for many years including several Heirloom varieties. One important difference between grafted and non-grafted tomatoes is that the graft must stay above soil level, and you should prune lateral suckers for best fruiting.

The Mighty ’Mato line-up includes twelve heirloom and four hybrid varieties. For 2013 you can choose from the following varieties at our stores:

  • Amish Paste
  • Beefsteak
  • Black Cherry
  • Black Krim
  • Brandywine
  • Cherokee Purple
  • Early Girl
  • Green Zebra
  • Mortgage Lifter
  • Stupice
  • Sun Sugar
  • Sweet Million
  • Yellow Pear

For more information about the varieties please click here. To see the picture below please click on them.

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