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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.

New Guinea Impatiens

May 11th, 2015

New Guinea Impatiens are made for the Shade!

If you are looking for the old standard Impatiens (Busy Lizzies) this summer you may find that they are not available at most garden centres. This is becuase in 2013 Impetiens were stuck with a disease called Downey Mildew. This killed almost all of the Impatiens in greater Vancouver. If this happened to you it is recommended that you not plant the regular Impatiens in your garden for the next 3 to 5 years.

As an alternative we recommend that you plant New Guinea Impatiens. These new varieties will blooms all summer for you. They will grow in the shade or sun and are heat tolerant. They are available in all of your favourite colours includng white, red, violet, and many more.

New Guinea Impatiens

New Guinea Impatiens

New Guinea Impatiens

New Guinea Impatiens

Hanging Baskets

By , May 8, 2015

May 8th, 2015

Hanging Baskets make a great Mother’s Day Gift

The most popular gift for Mothers Day is a Hanging Basket and our stores carry a great selection of them. You can choose from the mixed baskets for sun or shade. These will have a mix of Geraniums, Petunias, Lobelia, Fuchsia, Calibrachoa, and many other great trailing plants. They start at $24.99 for a 10 in pot and go up to $119.99 for the large Moss baskets.

Be sure to come in to our stores and have a look at the great selection available fo you or your mother.

Easy Elegance Roses

By , May 5, 2015

May 05th, 2015

All of the Beauty and None of the Work!

If you are looking for a Rose that has all of the beauty with none of the work you should try the new Easy Elegance Roses. For more information click here.

Gone are the days of high-maintenance roses. With Easy Elegance®, you can have hardy, disease-resistant, chemical free roses without all the effort and attention. Let it be known – these are not your grandmother’s roses. You don’t have to spend all day in the yard to make them last. All you have to do is plant them and enjoy the beauty. And there’s nothing easier than that.

For 2015 you can choose from eight varieties including:

Click here for more information about Easy Elegance Roses.

Hydrangea Endless Summer

By , May 4, 2015

May 4th, 2015

Welcome Summer to your garden with the Endless Summer Hydrangea!

If you have ever had a Hydrangea that did not flower and did not understand why, then this is the variety for you. The Original ‘Endless Summer’ Hydrangea is a mophead hydrangea that can bloom on both old and new wood. So no matter how you prune them they flower every year. There are now four varieties in the Endless Summer Collection to choose from:

The repeat blooms of the Endless Summer® Collection truly offer gardeners an endless summer of incredible colour. These hardy plants are perfect for everything from foundation planting to container gardening. They even make an ideal floral arrangement or table setting as cut flowers.

The colour of the Original Endless Summer can be altered from pink to blue. For more information visit www.endlesssummerblooms.com.

For our information brochure about growing Hydrangeas click here.

Proven Winners

By , April 27, 2015

April 27th, 2015

Plant the best! Plant Proven Winners!

Are you looking for plants you can trust to create a beautiful, easy-to-maintain garden? All you have to do is look for the Proven Winners name to know you’re getting the most distinctive plants on the market. That’s because Proven Winners partners with the top plant breeders around the world to ensure our varieties are vigorous, healthy, vibrant, and unique.

Why are Proven Winners Plants Better?

Proven Winners searches the world to find and select plants which are clearly superior to others of their type in our trials in Michigan, New Hampshire, California, Germany, Japan, and Florida. Once a Proven Winners plant makes it to your house, you’ll fall in love. Proven Winners plants are:

  • Easy to grow and care for
  • Covered with blooms
  • Bright and colorful
  • All-season bloomers
  • Disease free
  • Trialed and tested

Our selection of Proven Winners includes many great plants including varieties of Ageratum, Argyranthemum (Daisy), Bacopa, Bidens, Coleus, Ipomoea (Sweet Potato Vine), Lobularia, Nemesia, Petunias, Salvia, Supertunias and Verbena.

To go to the Proven Winners Website to see more great plants click here.

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.

Daphne

By , April 4, 2015

April 4, 2013

The Daphne are Blooming! Come in to Smell the Sweet Fragrance!

There is no better smell than the fragrance of a Daphne. For 2015 there are 6 varieties for you to choose from. Your garden would not be complete without a Daphne. Come in to smell the sweet fragrance today.

The varieties that we carry include:

  • Daphne genkwa
  • Daphne ‘Lawrence Crocker’
  • Daphne odora ‘Mae-jima’
  • Daphne odora ‘Zuiko Nishiki’
  • Daphne transatlantica ‘Eternal Fragrance’
  • Daphne transatlantica ‘Summer Ice’

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.

Flowering Currant

By , March 30, 2015

March 30th, 2015

Flowering Currants make great Food!

Flowering currant bushes are a great source of food for Hummingbirds as well as bees and other pollinators. Their striking red flowers can be seen for miles and will attract Hummingbirds that are looking for an early meal.

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