As Canadians we should be used to the weather extremes that we call spring. T-shirts one day, sweaters, coats and mitts the next!
But as gardeners, our patience is wearing thin! Enough with the cold, the winds and the… snow. Bring on the green! At the Dufferin Garden Centre this time of year, weather doesn’t slow us down. The trucks are arriving almost daily with beautiful spring colour, veggies and herbs in the Hot House and shrubs, evergreens and trees in the nursery blocks.
Remember to keep an eye on the weather, this is spring in Ontario after all. Your veggies and herbs will enjoy a sunny window for now.
Happy Earth Day! How are you celebrating. We are celebrating with 20% OFF on all Hummingbird and Oriole feeders from today ending April 25, 2021. These wonderful backyard birds are ahead of schedule this year. Time to get the feeders ready!
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Sunday; 10:00am – 4:00pm
Cold Crops have arrived!
Cold crops are vegetables that are able to tolerate cooler weather and perhaps endure short periods of frost.
Cold crops can be planted before the threat of frost has passed.
Hummingbirds and Orioles are almost here!
Such colourful birds flashing through the garden looking for nectar and insects.
Since there isn’t a lot in bloom now, putting up a feeder is a great way to feed these weary travellers.
Best Veggies for Containers
You don’t need a lot of land to grow vegetables. Many varieties will be quite happy to grow in containers. Keep an eye out for dwarf or bush varieties.
A collection of herbs and veggies make a wonderful gift… Mother’s Day, or a neighbour’s porch visit. A gift that keeps on giving!
Cool Season Veggies: Dwarf Carrots, Salad Bowl Lettuce, Radishes, Kale
Warm Season Veggies: Tiny Tim Tomato, Patio Tomato, Tumbling Tom Tomato, Bush Beans, Bell Peppers
Veggies needing a Trellis: Cucumbers, Pole Beans, Peas, Squash
Edible flowers: Nasturtiums, Calendula, Lavender
- Any pot will do as long as there are holes for drainage. Add some visual interest by using upcycled sink, old wheelbarrow, vintage watering can… the ideas are endless!
- Use quality Potting Soil to allow adequate draining. Add compost or worm castings for additional nutrients
- Create a Pizza Pot with a tomato plant, Basil and Oregano!
- Hanging Baskets make good use of extra space, planted with herbs, cherry tomatoes and strawberries
- Containers tend to dry out quicker than in-ground gardens. Be sure to keep the containers watered, usually daily and perhaps twice daily depending on the weather. To keep the veggie plants growing, feed them weekly with fertilizer such as liquid seaweed, fish emulsion or compost tea.