WEEKLY GARDEN GUIDANCE
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POSTED JULY 3RD
It's July! - What to do in the garden...
Well it’s July and we’ve finally been getting (a little bit) of warmer weather and things are growing!
As the weather warms up be sure that things are getting adequate water (beginner gardeners often under or over-water plants which can dramatically affect their crop). To see some tips on watering, check out this video.
Also be sure to mulch your gardens as this helps to retain water, as well as reducing weed pressure and adding organic matter into your garden!
July is a great time to continue planning and planting your winter crops. You can still seed carrots and beets (but do so soon), that will be ready to harvest in the fall and throughout the winter, lettuce, chard, kale, radicchio, salad brassica greens, turnips. BC Eco Seed Coop has a nice winter planting list here.
Have you strung up, or trellised your tomatoes yet? Wondering about suckering? Check out this short video.
Have you noticed that your zucchini haven’t been producing fully-shaped fruit? This can be normal for the first few zucchinis as some female flowers may mature before male ones, but if you don’t have many plants, or don’t have enough pollinators in your garden you may want to pollinate them by hand. Check out this video to learn more.
Finally with weeding season upon us, are you wondering what this is that's growing in your garden? There are many great groups for Plant ID on Facebook, but we also recommend checking out iNaturalist - an amazing free program, put on by the National Geographic Society & California Academy of Sciences, where you can take a picture and it will provide suggestions of what you may be looking at!
POSTED JUNE 8TH
WEEK of June 8th - What to do in the garden...
Well, June has arrived but the weather here in Coast Salish territory seems to fluctuate between summer and spring. If your hot crops, such as the cucurbits (squashes, cucumbers, melons) are not looking to happy, or not growing very much, don’t worry, it’s a good chance it is just because of the weather, which is not quite hot enough for them to lusciously grow.
This is a great time to TRANSPLANT all your seedlings in the garden. Get those plants in the ground (or pots/containers)! Did you get free seedlings from the city’s amazing Get Growing, Victoria! program? Wondering what to do about that peat pot they came in? Peat pots are biodegradable pots made from peat moss that has been combined with shredded wood pulp fibers and firmly compressed. You can plant peat pots directly in the soil. We recommend gently ripping off the top lip of the peat pot so that it is level with where the soil begins, and soaking the peat pot in water before planting in order to avoid the plant drying out. You can find out lots more tips about transplanting seedlings in our video here:
Are you looking for seedlings and are wondering about the Get Growing, Victoria! program? There are still a few more distribution days left to pick up free seedlings and with lots of plants left these are open to the general public for the last two hours (12-2pm). See distribution dates and locations HERE.
There are still many things you can sow in the garden, such as lettuces and greens - seed these continuously, a little at a time, throughout the summer for regular harvests. Same with beans, if you sow them in intervals every few weeks you can have a continuous harvest. Peas can also still be sown now so that you will get peas into the fall. You can continue to sow carrots and beets but will need to keep them very well watered in order to germinate.
Happy June gardening!