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I’ve decided to pump up the red in my garden this year, in honour of Canada’s 150th.
Red is always an eye-catching colour because it contrasts so well with green, which is virtually everywhere outdoors. I am taking it one step further by combing red, green and some crisp white to really play up the national colour palette.
I started early by planting the Canada 150 tulip last fall. The red streaking on this flower mimics the eternal flame that burns on Parliament Hill.
My vegetable garden is officially planted. I have all of my seeds in rows, my tomatoes in cages and my potatoes are hilled.
And so it begins . . . another season of growing vegetables, but also of keeping the bugs at bay. Last year I had limited success because I tested several untried techniques, including some old wives tales that didn’t work. This year I have refined my skill at companion planting and am determined to do better at protecting my crops by using natural methods of stopping the bug invasion.
Here are the strategies I am going to use in case you need a little help as well.
Getting to know the soil is going to really help you cut back on a lot of hardship when it comes time to actually plant or create a garden this spring. The quality of the soil you want to plant in really matters because anything already in the ground has a good chance of ending up in your food.
Knowing as much about the history of the space is important here, so talk to your neighbours. If your area used to be farmland or anything agricultural, then you are totally golden. Odds are that the soil is pretty good at growing things.
This trend of heirloom vegetables had gone beyond what any of us expert gardeners ever expected. So far I have received more than 15 seed catalogues from across Canada and the U.S. All of these companies specialize in rare vegetables, hard-to-find strains and unique flavours of culinary delights.
It’s amazing that so many people want to grow their own food and that they care about vintage varieties of seeds. Each year I work with a team of growers trying to guess the hot trends for the year ahead — kale for 2014, beets for 2015, radishes for 2016. So what is going to be the big trend for 2017?
My best guess . . . carrots!