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Putting the Garden to Bed, Lasagna Style!

Posted by admin in General, Maintenance, Soil, Winter

By Faye With shorter days, colder nights and the last glorious fall colours fluttering to the ground, my veggie beds are tucked in for their winter sleep. Most of us know about ‘lasagna gardening‘ (just Google it) for building new beds but I decided to use this method to give my hard-working soil an extra treat

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Posted by admin in Pests/Diseases

By Faye Winter moth (Operophtera brumata) originated in Europe, and came to BC in the 1970s. The larvae, smooth green ‘inchworms’ about ¾” long, hatch in spring and can cause serious damage to emerging leaves if not controlled; after three years of infestation the tree can become so weakened that dieback and possible mortality can

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Garlic – The Great Traveler

Posted by admin in Edible Gardening

The history of garlic can almost be described as the history of human migration.  Garlic is native to Central Asia, specifically the Caucasus region between the Black and the Caspian Seas, and over many millennia it has been carried to almost all corners of the world. Garlic flavours many of the world’s cuisines. It is

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What to Do Now with Winter Veggie Beds?

Posted by admin in Edible Gardening, Maintenance, Winter

By Faye If you, like me, are admiring your nicely established winter crops in the garden, then it’s worth the little bit of time it takes now to make sure everything stays healthy throughout the cold season. Mulching and some staking are needed to protect winter crops from the elements.   It’s been a while since

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Planting Guide for Bare Root Roses

Posted by admin in Flowers, Planting, Roses

Bare root roses are an excellent way to establish a new rose in your garden. Follow these 5 easy steps to ensure your rose gets off to a great start. Before Planting – If you cannot plant right away, keep the roots covered in soil or mulch and keep watered to ensure they don’t dry

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Heads Up, It’s Time To Think About Winter Veggies

Posted by admin in Edible Gardening

By Faye How strange to be writing an article about growing vegetables in winter in the same newsletter as one on pruning tomatoes, but the reality is that now is definitely the time to start planning what, where and when to grow. Read on… Definition of Winter Vegetable Gardening: When we talk about growing vegetables

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Plants To Entice Bees To Your Garden

Posted by admin in Beneficials, Edible Gardening, Flowers

*** It’s very important to have flowers all season long, from February to frost, to satisfy the early Masons right through to the late season foragers. Plant several of each, as bees like to ensconce themselves in a big patch of their favourite flowers and just hang out, gathering pollen and sipping nectar in the

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Should I Prune My Tomatoes?

Posted by admin in Edible Gardening, Maintenance

By Faye The short answer is yes, and no. It depends on what kind of tomato you are growing. If it’s determinate then no pruning is required, but indeterminate tomatoes must be kept in check. Determinate vs. Indeterminate This is the key piece of information to look for on the tag when you purchase your

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Hot Spiced Cider Recipe

Posted by admin in General

Russell Nursery’s Homemade Hot Spiced Cider   A flexible recipe that can be made for as few or as many servings as needed!   Mix together in a suitably sized pot:   2 parts apple juice to 1 part cranberry juice Add a couple of cinnamon sticks & a few cloves and allspice berries, either

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Soil Testing – What Can It Tell You?

Posted by admin in Maintenance, Soil

By Faye Most of us don’t speak the language of soil, so we rely upon our plants to interpret. But sometimes even the plants are unclear; “I’m not feeling well” is all we can read from them. Having your soil tested is the sure way to know what’s happening underground, and it’s an easy process

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Posted by admin in Design, Plant Choices, Winter

By Patty Latin Name Common Name Plant Type Attractive Features Peak Conditions Berries and Seedheads Aronia melonocarpa ‘Autumn Magic’ deciduous shrub fall colour, shiny black berries Oct-Jan sun/p.shade Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Profusion’ “Beauty Berry” deciduous shrub unique colour of purple berries Oct-Dec sun/p.shade Cornus mas “Cornelian Cherry” deciduous shrub red berries in fall, spidery yellow flowers

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Ten Tips For Successful Planting

Posted by admin in Maintenance, Trees

  The principle of ‘Do it once, do it right’ definitely applies to planting. Get new plants off to a good start by paying attention to the basics. You will be glad you did. 1. Plants Grow!  The most common planting mistake is not allowing enough space between plants. Read plant tags carefully to determine appropriate site and spacing.  

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Consider A Pine

Posted by admin in Conifers, Design

by Wendy Here at Russell Nursery we are often asked for plant ideas for challenging situations.   A common request is for a plant that looks great year-round, is low maintenance, and tolerates full sun, drought and deer. Sound like the perfect plant for you? Our advice – consider a pine. Pines are evergreen conifers that

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Plants For Bumblebees

Posted by admin in Annuals, Beneficials, Edible Gardening, Flowers, Perennials, Plant Choices

Courtesy of Lori Weidenhammer A link to Lori’s Blog. * Denotes a medicinal plant for bees BOLD denotes special interest for bumblebee plants (buzz pollinated, longer corollas or special relationships, ie trip pollination) Native and Near Native Shrubs: Willow (Salix spp.) maybe the most important plant for honeybees and significant for bumblebee queens, Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)

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Repotting Large Containers

Posted by admin in Containers, Maintenance

By Susan   Occasionally Japanese maples, roses, bamboo (especially bamboo!) and other large container plants need to be re-potted. How can you tell if it’s time? If you feel that a particular plant didn’t do so well last year, or that water ran right through the pot without being absorbed, then it probably is. Repotting

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Posted by admin in Edible Gardening, Planting

By Faye Killing your seedlings is easy, but so is growing them to become strong and vibrant young plants! Whether you sow your own seeds or buy starts from the nursery, your seedlings will go through a vulnerable stage of babyhood, when you must meet their every need. Some simple guidelines and lessons learned along

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Posted by admin in Edible Gardening, Planting

By Faye Few garden crops rival the perfection of crisp peas in late spring. Getting them started early is the secret, as they prefer to grow in cooler temperatures. Read in “Peas in Particular” to see a foolproof way to beat cold weather, critters, and rot. Since writing that article a few years ago, I have

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The Joy of Creating a Lasagna Bed

Posted by admin in Edible Gardening, Maintenance, Soil

By Faye Has your appetite for growing your own food expanded as mine has? With the warmer weather these past few summers, harvests have been plentiful and deliciously sweet, but planting space had not kept up with my lust for more. I wanted more of what I’ve already grown, and more new crops as well.

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A Gallery of Alliums for Every Garden

Posted by admin in Beneficials, Design, Flowers, Plant Choices

By Faye  Onions are alliums, chives are alliums and leeks are alliums. Alliums are among the oldest cultivated plants in the world, adding much to nearly every global cuisine. Ornamental alliums however, are relatively new to the landscape, being developed in Holland around the middle of the 19th century. Many new varieties have been introduced

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Pruning Rhododendrons

Posted by admin in Maintenance, Shrubs

By Susan   Well grown rhodos will be bushy, with leaves covering the whole plant. Poorly grown rhodos are often leggy and bare. The difference usually comes down to maintenance pruning, which should be done on an annual basis. Plan to cut back about 10% of the plant every year. Cut back select branches to

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