April: Seedlings Started Indoors

Seedlings started indoors need good air circulation.  Use a small fan on a low setting to simulate the outdoor breezes.  You may need to water more frequently.  If you don’t have a small fan, gently brush your seedlings with your…

April: The Male Asparagus Plant

Asparagus plants are either male or female.  The male plants tend to produce more harvestable spears as they do not have to expend energy on producing seeds.  Guelph Millenium is a Canadian all male hybrid variety of asparagus.…

April: Building Materials for Raised Vegetable Gardens

Raised vegetable beds can be built from a variety of woods such as naturally rot-resistant red cedar or black locust.  Very effective raised beds can also be built by using the corrugated steel window wells – attach two together.  Pressure-treated…

April: Cool Season Vegetables

Vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, beets, peas and radishes all enjoy cool soil and can be usually be planted starting in mid to late April – check the long range forecast first in case some very cool weather is coming…

April: Do Not Work Wet Soil

To prevent soil compaction and damage to plant roots, wait until the soil is dry enough to crumble in your hand before walking and working in your garden. If you must step into the garden for some reason (to prune,…

April: Cutting Back Perennials and Grasses

Perennials have started to grow and the spring bulbs have broken through the soil. It is time to clean up the brown stalks of perennials and ornamental grasses left standing over the winter. Cut back down to the crowns of…

April: Spring Clean-up

As lawns and gardens appear from under blankets of snow, all the winter debris is revealed.  The urge to get the rake out and clean-up is great.  But wait!  Allow the ground to de-frost and dry up before cleaning up. …

Late March: Don`t Work the Soil Yet

A few days of unseasonably warm temperatures does not mean that summer has arrived. We live in Southern Ontario and weather can be variable. Before deciding on what gardening chores you can do now, check the long range forecast. Look…

March: Apply Dormant Oil

To eliminate any overwintering insects and diseases on fruit trees, apply dormant oil spray as directed on the package.…

March: Late Winter/Early Spring Pruning

Late winter/early spring is a good time to prune your deciduous plants for structure, or to remove damaged, diseased and dead branches. The structure of the plant is more visible during the dormant season, which allows you to make more…