Why we prune and top tomatoes

Why we prune and top tomatoes

Don’t feel bad about ruthlessly pruning and topping your tomatoes. Feel HAPPY that you’re directing all that spectacular growth power into ripening the fruit that is on the vine.  The fruit needs to get to a mature size so that the growth hormones evolve to ethylene...

Perennial transplanting hacks

Here’s a few of my favourite tricks for transplanting perennials: All planting or transplanting is best done in cool weather (below 20C). Be sure the plant rootball is loose and remove all weeds and weed roots. Dig the hole larger and deeper than the ball. Place...
Pruning tomato blossoms

Pruning tomato blossoms

Time to prune off your tomato blossoms! There aren’t enough warm days in the season for blossoms to set fruit, grow and mature EVEN IF you had planned to harvest them green and let them ripen in the house. So get the blossoms off and let your plant direct it’s energy...
Shade trees for urban cooling

Shade trees for urban cooling

It takes 540 calories of heat energy to evaporate a gram of water. Trees drink and evaporate many kilograms of water on a sunny day. This means they are pulling thousands and thousands of heat calories from the air. From the tree’s perspective, this trick allows it to...
Delphinium care

Delphinium care

Delphinium worms can cause quick and thorough damage to your delphinium. These beauties were 8’ tall last year and I was a bit lazy in the fall, so I didn’t cut them down. I leave the vast majority of the perennials in the demo-garden standing. It adds winter...
Blossom end rot and botrytis grey mold

Blossom end rot and botrytis grey mold

2 common, preventable plant diseases are Blossom End Rot (BER)  and Botrytis Gray Mold (BGM). Prevention and early treatment are key. BGM is caused by spores and is most likely to happen if plants are in high humidity and poor ventilation. Keep air moving around your...