ART KNAPP COURTENAYPerennials

Perennials, the gift that returns year after year.

Intro to the perennial garden

Gardens are made up with a number of plants. Trees, Shrubs, Bulbs and Perennials. When planning a garden bed you need to look at your location. The amount of sun, water and soil conditions. Perennials can add years of enjoyment to the garden. What is a perennial. Perennials are plants that live for two or more years. They go dormant in winter and return in the spring. That is not saying all perennials go dormant, some are evergreen. They put a lot of energy into growing a strong root system, so you can enjoy them for years to come. Perennials do have a shorter bloom time, so it is important to plant a variety of perennials that bloom at different times. This will insure you have blooms all growing season.

Intro to Fruit tree and small fruits.

Growing fruit trees in the home garden can be very rewarding, and challenging. First you must look at location. You want to pick a spot that maximum expose to sunlight. Avoid wet spot, areas with poor drainage and windy conditions. You may also want to add organic matter to the soil to improve the quality. When buying a tree, a one year old tree is preferred. Most tress come in semi dwarf or dwarf, which makes it a good fit for the home garden. With tart cherry, apricot and peach, a single tree will crop well when planted in the home garden. These fruits are referred to as “self-fruitful”, and will set fruit with their own pollen. Other trees like apples pears and plum need cross pollination. When any of the above fruits are grown, two or more cross-compatible cultivars must be planted together. Crabapples can also pollinate apples. Planting in spring rather than in the fall is recommended, especially in the colder districts of the province. Usually in early April till May. Berries and small fruit are delicious, nutritious, and easy to grow at home. They take up very little space and are relatively low maintenance. What’s more, some of these berries, such as blackcurrants and blueberries, fall into the superfood category, so there’s no excuse not to have a pot or two of them on your balcony or patio.

Intro to Vegetable gardening

Why start a vegetable garden. The taste of fresh vegetables is amazing. You do not need a large space. Choose something that works best for you. Could be in the ground or in containers. A sunny location will work the best. One mistake made is planting too much too soon. Cool season crops are the first to plant, once the last frost has finished. Cool season crops are lettuce, spinach, kale. Warm season crops are planted more into late May. They consist of Tomatoes, peppers and squash. Most veggies are annuals (planted each year). If you’re planning on growing “perennial” crops such as asparagus, rhubarb, and some herbs, provide permanent location. Now whether you decide to buy starter plants or start from seed is up to you. We carry a large number of seeds, containers, grow lights and heating pads. As well as a good selection of starter plants and herbs.

Commonly Carried Perennials

Perennials Photo Gallery

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