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Monday, September 10, 2012
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Gardening

Not a bad start to September! For many of us this month will be a bit of a blur.

Don’t forget to sit back and take a good look around enjoy the beauty around you. The sun is still shining, the evenings are nice and cool and the air smells like a cross between BBQ and crunchy leaves.

autumn moon japanese maple

I think September is my favorite month. The only think that I don’t really love are the spiderwebs I get in the face when I am the first through the dog walking trail. Is it just me or do they really crawl out of the woodwork in the fall? Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate what they do but I always seem to catch their lovely webs right at face level!

Here is the list.

harvest vegetables

Veggie Gardening

Harvest, harvest, harvest. If you don’t have a garden of your own, now is a fantastic time to visit your local farmers market or farm. Remember to check out your BC Farm Fresh guide online.

If you’re not too busy harvesting, you can sow lettuce, herbs and carrots for your protected winter garden. Its also a good time to expand your area using lasagna gardening techniques.

lawn care

Lawns

If you need to renovate your lawn, wait a bit until we get a bit of moisture and the lawns start growing again unless you have irrigation or are a bright eyed morning person not a surly ogre like me and have remembered to water your lawn during the allowed times.

At any rate if your lawn is green and lush you can areate, topdress and overseed. A good fall fertilizer is also handy as well. But if your lawn is a lovely beige wait until it gets a few good rains and comes out of dormancy. Thaaat’s right…its just sleeping.

japanese blood grass

Garden Beds

Continue to trim back and deadhead spent perennials…you probably have heard the drill by now…don’t be too tidy. Native pollinators overwinter in the hollow stems of spent perennials so a tidy garden isn’t necessarily a healthy garden.

Your late season grasses such as Pennisetum and Miscanthus are coming in to their absolute glory right about now, not to mention the Japanese Blood Grass.

I’m thinking of doing a whole area in just grasses…they look absolutely amazing and do well with my kind of maintenance…very little. You can always add to your garden beds so long as you water and as long as the ground is not frozen, but I’d wait to do any shuffling until the ground is wetter. Yes. I said it. The W word.

fall planters

Planters

Now is the tough part. Your summer planters are looking glorious but the fall pansies and mums and planters and looking fresh.

What to do, what to do. To quote Kenny Rogers on tough times like these: “You’ve got to know when to hold em’ and you’ve got to know when to fold em”. A good bet this year might be mid-month though.

Start to phase your house plants back indoors and think about moving your patio tropicals to a more covered area on their migration to a freeze free well lit garage or cool sunroom.

bulbs

Bulbs Bulbs Bulbs

Yay!!! New and fresh!!! My squirrels like only the best. Seriously though think drifts and blending rather than straight soldier rows.

If squirrels are a problem you can plant in large plastic pots with the bottoms cut out and sunk level with the ground. Place mesh on top which you can remove when you see green tips or even better, add a frittilaria to your grouping. Squirrels hate the smell.

I usually pick up the packs in September and then store them in a cool dry place and plant mid October.

Ponds

Keep cleaning and skimming for fallen leaves. Feed up your fish so they are fat and healthy for the long winter ahead.

That should be enough for now with all of the other September business. If you are so inclined, try something new this year, you don’t have to go crazy maybe it’s just a new plant or maybe even a new sport or hobby…have an adventure and be kind to yourself!

Cheers,
Laurelle


Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Gardening

April 2012 In Your Garden

The Easter weekend was absolutely fantastic. My neighborhood looked like an elementary school playground at recess. People streamed out of their houses in their freshly unpacked summer clothes. Mowers were mowing and future artists were busily chalking every bit of sidewalk and street that was available.

My Adirondack chairs are on my deck and even though it’s cloudy right now, I will go and sit in them and have a cuppa…right after I finish the to-do list of course!

lawns

Lawns
Aerate, top-dress, overseed, lime and fertilize. Just don't do it all at once. Its best to leave a week or two between liming and fertilizing.

The list of grass tasks is endless. Your reward for that healthy lush lawn, why mowing of course!

You may want to go and check out our article index at this point for Dealing With Moss (I think this should actually be BC’s official plant), Fertilizer 101 and Overseeding Existing Lawns.

Trees and Shrubs
There is still time to tidy up some trees and shrubs though you’ll have to wait till end of July to do any further pruning on maples or birch. You are pushing your luck a bit but you can prune out any dead, damaged, or diseased and a few of the crossing and rubbing branches. Remember it’s best to stick to smaller branches at this point, pruning outside the branch bark collar, sticking to International society of arboriculture guidelines…or my instructor will come and find you, and never removing more than one third of the plant at any one time.

Also, unless you are a park, or have a shiny black front door with a seasonal wreath, topiary is frowned upon. You can however get away with larger bonsai if there is a stone lantern somewhere on your property. Shear your winter blooming heather once it’s done.

This is also a fantastic time to plant. Check out our how to plant trees video if you need to brush up. It is still a bit early to put out tender annuals. If you are a gambler, you can use remay cloth to help your odds for success with the fussy annuals.

Fertilize trees, shrubs and perennials with a good quality fertilizer like our Garden Pro products. Top-dress with compost, manure, mulch or my fave, seaweed. This will also help feed your plants, smother weeds and retain moisture. Remember not to load mulch more than 4 inches deep around trees and shrubs and less around smaller perennials.

vegetable seedling

Veggies and Flowers from seed.
Continue seeding, you are not too late. There are some very cool new varieties of veggies out there, dare to try something new. There are a number of things that you can now direct seed. I am going to plant some of the really colourful Annual Morning Glory to twine up my front railings.

Don’t worry. This is a tropical, and dies reliably each fall unlike the perennial white flowering morning glory we have as a weed.

dahlia flower

Summer Bulbs
You can plant out summer bulbs such as Dahlias and Lilies towards the end of the month. Most other perennials that you buy in packages can be planted out right now.

Keep an eye out for critters. Remember, not all bugs are thugs and not all bugs need drugs! There are a number of beneficial insects and pollinators out there starting to emerge. Observe and identify. You can expect some damage in a healthy garden. The most common spring pest is aphids. A sharp stream of water will remove them from branches as will the squishing method if you dare.

With all that racing around out there getting the to-do list done, don’t forget to stop and smell the daffodils, and daphne, and skimmia, and osmanthus…

fragrant shrubs for spring

Cheers...
Laurelle


Monday, September 12, 2011
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Gardening

Fall PlanterSo far this September is shaping up rather nicely!

Perhaps this is the make-up part of the summer for the less than glorious beginning.  At any rate I’ll gratefully take it!  September is one of those catch 22 situations.  If the weather remains good, the summer baskets and pots continue to thrive and I am reluctant to make them over into fall/winter baskets.
The catch for me is that all of the new and lovely fall and winter plants and bulbs start coming in to the nursery now but by November when the pots on my front steps were looking so bad that my paper lady started leaving the newspaper by the garage doors because she was afraid to walk by the pots of haggard looking annuals and one brave lingonberry which were by then covered with left-over Halloween cobwebs, plastic spiders and one very realistic fake rat.

The new little plants that I quickly stuffed in the pots didn’t have much time to root in before the freeze.
This year its going to be different, I will not scare the paper lady…though I can’t vouch for the dogs.  I’ll put the new stuff in BEFORE Halloween…really.

Here’s the list:Fall Planting


  • Keep watering the pots, make sure they have time to dry out before evening to prevent powdery mildew.
  • Deadhead fall perennials such as Rudbeckia and Gaillardia.  Tidy the flower border, but do allow some stems and fallen leaves to remain as many native bees and other pollinators overwinter in hollow stems and leaves.
  • Tidy up spent annuals as needed.  Allow some to go to seed if you’d like a go at planting from seed next year. 
  • Continue to tidy your roses, clipping and deadheading as needed.  You can take cuttings at this time of many shrubs such as roses and hydrangeas.
  • Check out the new bulb selections and plan to plant them once it cools off and the soil gets a bit of rain. (the best selection of bulbs is available in early September through October!)
  • Continue to harvest, don’t forget the late blackberry crop…its free!  You can also sow leafy greens and some herbs as well for winter and early spring crops.  My apple and pear crops are about 3 weeks late this year. 
  • Continue to harvest fall Raspberries and cut any spent canes.  You can do the same for many other berries such as thornless Blackberries and Tayberries, removing many of the old canes and encouraging the new.  Continue to harvest late Blueberries if you are lucky enough to have some.  Elliott is one of the latest producing – going into October if the weather is with you.
  • Begin to think about bringing in your patio tropicals by the end of the month.  Don’t forget a quarrantine area to prevent spread of any insects.  I keep them apart from the rest of the house plants for 2-3 weeks and inspect them before bringing them into general population.  Still haven’t managed to kill the darn poinsettia for the second summer…though I may have come close this year – but its come back better than ever. 
  • Now is your second window of opportunity to renovate your lawn.  You can aerate, topdress and overseed followed by a fall fertilizer if your lawn needs help.  You can also add lime to that if your soil is very acidic. 
  • Take stock of your garden beds and make a list of any bare areas while the garden is looking full.  Consider filling with some grasses for texture and movement.  Middle of next month is your second window of opportunity for planting trees, shrubs and hardy perennials.
  • Begin to tidy up ponds towards the end of the month.  Remove old leaves, spent lillies and spent floating plants if frost melts them. 
Nice Plants for September

Don’t forget to sit back, just for even a minute and enjoy the fruits of all your hard work this season (yes Gail and John, that means you too)!  September will whip by in no time so enjoy these last few days of official and unofficial summer.

This Post Was Written By:

Laurelle O
Art's Nursery Ltd.


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