Starting a Garden in July: what to plant and how

It’s July. It’s hot (finally). And fresh, local food is once again becoming bountiful. Farmers markets, CSA’s and Upicks food is everywhere; not to mention the closest access point of all, your own garden. Which I’m sure, for some of you, are well on their way to being a wildly productive food factory. But for those of you like me who have been eying others … Continue reading Starting a Garden in July: what to plant and how

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Planning Your Seed Saving Garden

In many ways, planning a seed saving garden is the same as planning any garden. You want the plants to receive their nutritional, water, light and pollination requirements, and to reach the end of their life cycles as healthily and productively as possible. For a seed saving garden, however, there are a few additional considerations: Plants grown for seed often need more time in the … Continue reading Planning Your Seed Saving Garden

Seed Starting with Our Friends from HUGS Garden

With activity around the HUGS garden growing, I wanted to invite some of our most active gardeners to come to the Ecology Action Centre and start some of the seeds that they will later transplant into their garden. Earlier in March I sat down with some gardeners and local residents of the Bayers Westwood community to discuss what they would like to see grown in … Continue reading Seed Starting with Our Friends from HUGS Garden

Guest Post: Planting Garlic Bulbils

What are bulbils? The usual method for growing garlic is to break each bulb (the part that grows under the ground) into cloves, and to replant the cloves separately in autumn. Each clove grows into a whole new bulb, which is harvested in mid-summer. Normally, growers remove the scapes (the flower stems) in early summer, to allow bulbs to grow larger. That makes sense, and … Continue reading Guest Post: Planting Garlic Bulbils

Winter Planting: Gardening Doesn’t End in July!

Not many people realise that our mild climate in Coastal Nova Scotia allows for some plants to grow all winter long. Parsley, parsnips, leeks, and spinach will survive being frozen over. I plant parsnips in August for an April harvest. I have also heard encouraging reports from beets and turnips but have not tried these out. Lettuce, radishes, arugula and peas won’t live through the … Continue reading Winter Planting: Gardening Doesn’t End in July!