Category: Veg Fruit Herbs

Grapes

By , July 18, 2015

July 18th, 2015

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 2015 you can choose from the following varieties:

Wine Grapes

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

Table Grapes

  • Concord
  • Niagara
  • Valiant
  • Vanessa

For more information about growing grapes click here.

Herbs

By , June 1, 2015

June 1st, 2015

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.

Tomatoes

By , May 11, 2015

May 11th, 2015

Taste the flavour of home grown Tomatoes!

The weather is now warm enough to start thinking about putting tomatoes outside in the garden. If the night time temperatures are below 10 degreec Celcius it is recommended that you provide some protection. You can do this by covering your tomatoes with plastic or a white cloth like our “Crop Cover” or “Frost Blanket”. When the night time low is above 10 degrees Celsius, or 50 degrees Fahrenheit, you can leave them uncovered.

Whether you are a seasoned tomato growing veteran or a new gardener here are a few tips to help you grow better tomatoes:

  1. Tomatoes are heavy feeder, they are the teenage boys of the plant world. You should add manure and fertilizer to the soil before you plant.
  2. When you plant the tomatoes plant them deeper as new roots will develop along the stem helping your plants grow faster and stronger. (Except ‘Mighty Mato’ grafted Tomatoes, do not plant them below the graft)
  3. Water regularly all summer, twice a week early in the season and daily during the summer months. Tomatoes that do not get regular water are more likely to develop diseases and are less likely to produce as much fruit. They also develop thicker skin if not watered properly.
  4. Fertilize weekly with a water soluble fertilizer like Miracle Gro Tomato Food 18-18-21 or monthly with a granular fertilizer like Evegro’s Vegetable and Tomato Food 10-15-19.
  5. Add Lime to your soil before you plant and every month during the growing season. Lime helps balance the pH and provides Calcium and Magnesium to the plants.

With so many varieties of Tomatoes to choose from here are a few varieties that perform well in our climate:

  • Ball Extra Early – a medium sized tomato that produces early
  • Beefsteak – one of the largest tomatoes with lots of meaty flesh
  • Early Girl – a medium sized early producing variety
  • Sungold – a golden cherry tomato
  • Sweet 100 – an excellent small cherry tomato
  • Sweet Million – a smaller version of the sweet 100 that produces an abundant crop
  • Tumbler – a great cherry tomato for hanging baskets that produces all summer until frost
  • Tomaccio – a super sweet grape type tomato that is great for making Sun Dried Tomatoes

In addition to these varieties you can choose from a selection of Heirloom Tomato varieties including:

  • Bloody Butcher – a medium sized tomato that is great for slicing
  • Brandywine Black – a large heirloom tomato
  • Latah – an early producing medium sized tomato
  • Nyagous – a medium to large early to mid season tomato
  • Prudens Purple – a medium tomato great for slicing

Be sure to stake your tomatoes as they grow to give them support as the fruit matures. You can stake them up with a basic bamboo or cedar stake or buy a “Tomato Cage” that provides support for the leaves as well.

Click here to download our information brochure on Tomatoes.

Strawberries

By , April 13, 2015

April 13th, 2015

Grow your own fresh fruit, start your Strawberries for Summer!

If you enjoy the taste of fresh Strawberries in the summer now is the time to plant them. Strawberries are very easy to grow. Strawberries can grow and produce for many years in your garden. They multiply themselves so you can continue to expand your strawberry patch every year. The hardest part about growing them is right after you plant them, you have to force yourself to remove their blooms so that the plant can become established before growing fruit.

For more information about growing Strawberries download our information brochure here.

Onions

By , April 1, 2015

April 1st, 2015

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.

Fruit Trees Have Arrived

By , March 1, 2015

March 1st, 2015

Grow your own fresh fruit!

If you have been thinking about growing your own fruit now is a great 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: There are a few varieties that are scheduled to arrive mid March.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 2015 Fruit Tree List – Updated March 1st, 2015

Fall and Winter Vegetables

By , September 16, 2014

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.

Garlic

By , September 15, 2014

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

Sweet Potato

By , May 1, 2014

May 1st, 2014

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:

  • Japanese Yam
  • Korean Purple

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

Raspberries

By , April 28, 2014

April 28th, 2014

Brazelberry ‘Raspberry Shortcake’!

If you want to grow a raspberry bush but don’t think that you have the space think again. These new dwarf compact variety of Raspberry grows only 2 to 3 feet tall so it is perfect for a pot or container. The next best thing about these great plants is that they are thornless, so they are perfect to grow with children. These Brazel Berry plants would be great for a balcony or patio garden.

For more information about these varieties visit their website here.

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