Dahlia tubers that were put to bed in peat moss in the basement have started to send up shoots. Nick Vanderheide of Creekside Growers offers advice.
January in the garden
Bob in Creston, B.C., asks why are his carrots rotting when he stores them in a cool basement. We ask author Niki Jabbour for advice on storing root crops.
Sweet alpine strawberries are small intensely flavoured little berries also known as fraises des bois. The attractive perennial plants make good groundcover.
When there’s a thin blanket of snow on the ground, I’m grateful for every conifer in my landscape, especially those with long soft needles.
A cool, bright northwest exposure provides light on three sides for flowering winter plants. Pots of forced tulips and hyacinths are happy. Blooms last longer in the cool window.
Seed catalogues are arriving and they provide the impetus for every kind of wish fulfillment. For fancy pelargoniums (geraniums), order seed right away.
Most gardeners leave some perennials standing in the garden in winter, hoping they’ll catch the snow and make a beautiful display.
A growing medium for orchids should help anchor the roots and be free draining, allowing water to run through the pot. The mix materials must also absorb enough moisture and nutrients to feed the roots and hydrate the orchids.
Winter windows near my desk provide a close view of a birdbath. Just outside each window are honeysuckle vines outlined in snow.