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Garden tools rack. (Photo by Dereckson, CC BY 4.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0, from Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips Week 38: Tool Time

October 10, 2018 at 12:22 pm

What to do this week You might need a garden shovel or something similar in the next month or so, who knows, but generally, this is the time of year you should be cleaning, organizing and storing your garden tools for winter. It is a good idea to put yourRead More

Garlic. (Photo by fir0002 | flagstaffotos.com.au, GFDL 1.2 http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html, from Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips Week 37: Garlic Time

October 3, 2018 at 12:15 pm

What to do this week It is garlic-planting time again. In this part of the world, it is a good idea to plant your garlic before the end of October. It needs a bit of time for the roots to get established before the freeze-thaw cycles. One never knows howRead More

Gardening Tips Week 36: Rotate & Separate

Gardening Tips Week 36: Rotate & Separate

September 24, 2018 at 12:32 pm

What to do this week From the chill in the air it seems that this week is a good week to talk about fall activities in the garden. Between now and the end of October is official root pruning season. If you have any plants you want to divide orRead...

Old root cellar at Törnävä outdoor museum, Seinäjoki, Finland, March 2013. (Photo by Kotivalo CC BY-SA 3.0  https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, from Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips Week 35: Putting Food By

September 19, 2018 at 12:02 pm

What to do this week This week I want to talk about the best ways to store your veggies once you pick them, both long term and short term. Tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, for example, should not go in the fridge. They should be stored at room temperature. These vegetablesRead...

Web or tent of Eastern tent caterpillar. Photo by Greg Hume (Greg5030), CC BY 2.5,  https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5, via Wikimedia Commons (cropped)

Gardening Tips Weeks 31 & 32: Berries and Pests

August 22, 2018 at 9:00 am

What to do this week It is all about harvesting this time of year, and how to keep up — just don’t sleep, and you will do fine. But seriously (or continuing to be serious), it is likely time to be pulling up your garlic. It may even be aRead...

Der Sommer by Abel Grimmer, 1607. (Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips Weeks 29 & 30: Harvest Soon

August 8, 2018 at 11:30 am

What to do this week Harvesting is really the point of it all. This week, I’d like to give you a few tips and tricks to make the harvest even more abundant. To get maximum production from some crops, you have to pick them. The plant senses it is notRead More

Tomato plant. Photo by Edukeralam (Navaneeth Krishnan S), CC BY-SA 3.0  https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, from Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips Weeks 27 & 28: Step Away from the Tomatoes

July 25, 2018 at 11:30 am

What to do this week This week is a good time to talk about pruning tomatoes and hilling potatoes. Perhaps the most talked about controversy in home gardening is whether or not to even prune tomato plants in the first place. Some people swear by pruning, raving about how muchRead More

Top: Tomato seedlings by Dwight Sipler from Stow, MA, USA (Tomato seedlingsUploaded by Jacopo Werther) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons) Bottom: Potato plants by fir0002 | flagstaffotos.com.au [GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)], from Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips Week 24: You Say ‘Tomato,’ I Say ‘Get Planting!’

June 27, 2018 at 12:30 pm

What to do this week Summer is here and we begin the frantic time of planting all the warm-weather crops as quickly as possible before too much of our very short season passes us by. Every year is different, but there are some general rules of thumb about what toRead More

Compost tea. (Madeline Yakimchuk photo)

Gardening Tips Week 23: Soil Fertility Rights (and Wrongs)

June 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week This week, I would like to talk about adding fertility to the plants in your garden. Obviously the best way to have good fertility is to have good, rich soil to begin with. There is no substitute for good soil. But if your soil isRead More

Flowering buckwheat cover crop. (Source: The Campus Community Garden http://web.uvic.ca/~ccgarden/buckwheat-covercrop/, University of Victoria)

Gardening Tips Week 22: Cover Crops

June 13, 2018 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week This is the time of year when you might be starting a new garden bed — maybe your first, maybe an extension of your existing garden — which makes it a good time to talk about cover crops.  As with crop rotation, which we discussedRead More