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I always look forward to the quieter time of reading and making plans for next gardening season.
Although most often made to create a vegetable bed, the lasagne garden can be used to grow almost anything.
While autumn officially began Sept. 22, with any luck we will have another month to enjoy fall colours in the garden.
Many gardeners in the Okanagan have visits from deer, often with distressing results when prize plants become tasty forage.
An interesting ‘secret garden’ can be made with meandering pathways through large shrubs and small trees to a secluded sitting area.
Find areas in the wild that have similar conditions to your garden and see what is growing there.
For fast-draining, sandy soil, adding organic matter is important to increase nutrients and retain moisture.
The Okanagan celebration was modelled on the historic farm picnics which happened annually from the 1920s to the 1950s.
Capital News columnist says ornamental gardens hold a special place in her life.
A few easy maintenance tips will give you optimum performance from your water-wise plants.
"I sold my lawn mower and weed eater. I disconnected the irrigation system…and all the rest is reduced flow or drip irrigated."
Ornamental onions are excellent water-wise, deer-proof plants says Capital News gardening columnist Gwen Steele.
Mulch acts as a blanket, holding in moisture and reducing weed growth. It prevents a hard crust from forming on the soil surface.
Use the Okanagan Xeriscape Association plant database at okanaganxeriscape.org.
Amazingly, there were already about 35 plant species blooming around Kelowna and in the Okanagan.
Learn attributes of plants that are in bloom in the five theme gardens and a few tips on plant maintenance.
The following is information I put together years ago for my nursery customers and now use for my classes.
April 22 is Earth Day, a perfect time in Kelowna to reflect on how best we can be stewards of this land for future generations.
This week is about ornamental grasses and long-blooming, pollinator plants.
Water restrictions are likely to be the norm every summer from now on.