We are deep into winter! Our gardens are hibernating under a shallow layer of snow. Although our gardens are fairly inactive right now, we gardeners are revving up for spring! What will we plant? What new strategies will we attempt this year? What rare variety of tomato will we grow?
First! To ensure that you have a garden bed at the Renfrew Community Garden, make sure that you contact Heike as soon as possible! Beds are limited and interest is high so don’t wait another moment.
Second! Have a plan. What are you planting this year? What will your rows look like: long/short, widely space/tight? Tall plants on the north side of the garden, shorter plants on the south?
Next! Get out to the nurseries and select some interesting seed packets. Read the label. If you’re planning on planting after Victoria Day (when the risk of frost is tolerably low) then plant the seeds in pots the correct number of days ahead based on the time to germination and transplant… if you plant them too early, your kitchen will be overtaken by lanky overgrown seedlings… we’ve all experienced that! Also, when selecting seeds, check the number of days to harvest… our growing season is only about 110-140 days long (maybe longer as our climate continues to warm) so don’t select varieties that take too long to ripen. One crazy veg to grow is eggplant! Did you know that the eggplant is ripe enough to eat at anytime? The longer you leave it on the vine, the bigger it gets… but you can eat it at any size!
Don’t forget that most fruit trees benefit from pruning during February/March while it’s still cold. That’ll keep us busy until spring arrives!