Veggie Garden

Veggie Garden

I know it seems barely spring but we must keep in mind seeds for fall veggies.  It doesn’t hurt to purchase and store your fall seeds.  They seem to sell out quickly.  We still have a decent selection of seeds from our three suppliers.  Sweet Rock Farm seeds are produced on Gabriola and are restocked regularly.  We also have the familiar West Coast Seeds and Aimer Organic.

The soil should be warm enough for bush, pole and soy beans to be seeded by mid May.  They will not germinate if planted in soil that is not warm enough, that is 10 plus degrees.  As with a lot of your other crops, it is nice to seed a smaller amount every two weeks or so.

Of course you can continue to seed radish, lettuce and spinach etc as long as the temperatures allow.  These are cool weather crops that will bolt in the heat.  Our long coolish spring is giving us a good long run for these vegetables.  I have a couple raised beds in part shade that allow me to still have lettuce, spinach and radish after the full sun beds are busy growing squash, beets, beans.   Many other crops can continue to be seeded though.  For a complete list refer to the West Coast Seeds Planting Chart for Coastal BC.  It is on their website or we have copies at the Nursery.

April 20 at the Nursery

April 20 at the Nursery

New at the Nursery:

  • Annuals.
    We are restocking the annuals every week. Lots of variety for hanging baskets, patio pots and rounding out garden beds.
  • Veggie Starts
    Anything hardy enough to plant now is in. Lettuce, peas, cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, swiss chard, spinach etc. etc.
  • Tomatoes
    Eight varieties, some in gallon pots for those of you who have a greenhouse or cold frames.
  • Japanese Maples
    A new shipment with lots of variety and looking wonderful wearing their Spring foliage.
  • Rhodos
    We have managed to bring in a few more Rhodos for those who are still looking. Lots of colour, red, purples, yellow/peach.

Coming soon:

  • Water plants
    The order has been placed
    Should arrive by late April
  • Impatiens and other tender annuals
    by end April
  • Cuke and Squash starts
    early May to be set out around mid May
  • Peppers
    Early May

Veggie Garden:

We still have a decent selection of seeds from our three suppliers. Sweet Rock Farm seeds are produced on Gabriola and are restocked regularly. We also have the familiar West Coast Seeds and Aimer Organic.

Beets should be ok to plant now. They will not germinate if planted in soil that is not warm enough, that is 10 plus degrees. As with a lot of your other crops, it is nice to seed a smaller amount every two weeks or so. Swiss Chard can also seeded now.

Of course you can continue to seed radish, lettuce and spinach etc as long as the temperatures allow. These are cool weather crops that will bolt in the heat. Many other crops can continue to be seeded though.

For a complete list refer to the West Coast Seeds Planting Chart for Coastal BC. It is on their website or we have copies at the Nursery.

The Nursery is looking wonderful.

A new rhodo or azalea in bloom every few day. The cherry is still in bloom. I have a special affection for that tree as that is what drew me to nursery so many years ago.

Please feel free to come and tour the nursery and the grounds at any time. We would love to see you.

Open regular hours 9 to 5 daily all weekend.

Happy Gardening!
Linda Black