Edging Toward Winter at the Alma & 10th Garden

Edging Toward Winter at the Alma & 10th Garden

We know, we know: why would you plant garlic if the future of the garden is unclear? It's a tough place to be in. But one nice saving grace about garlic is that it is very easy to transplant in its early phases, meaning there's always the option of relocating your shoots in months to come. Beyond that, garlic is one of the easiest and most reliable crops you can grow, not to mention economical (think about how expensive organic garlic is!).

Fall Heat = Time to Plan Your Fall Garden

Fall Heat = Time to Plan Your Fall Garden

Even though Halloween and first frost feels far away, August is actually the time to start seeding for late season crops like spinach, chard, beets, kale and other cool-season salad greens like arugula, mache and certain mesclun blends. Use this handy chart from Farmer's Almanac to find out seeding dates for specific plants. Note that Vancouver's first frost date tends to come in early November, so the October 30th column is a pretty accurate bet for our climate.

Drink Up at Alma & 10th

Drink Up at Alma & 10th

With this heat, it's a good idea to plan on visiting the garden every 2 to 3 days to soak your soil. Brian Minter was on CBC's BC Today program last week and imparted the wisdom of early morning watering as the best time of the day to feed your plants. Second best (and perhaps more realistic) is to water during the cooler evening hours. Watering during the hottest midday hours can scald your leaves and fail to penetrate those deeper layers in the soil where you want your roots to dig.