Grower Coach

Learn everything you need to know about gardening & landscaping from expert Ken Salvail.

Grow Your Own Cut Flowers

There are not many things in this world as decadent as a beautiful vase of flowers. Cut flowers have an instant effect on everyone who comes in contact with them. They are involved in all of our most important moments in life, weddings, birthdays, in illness and in health, they are given as a...

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Top 5 House Plant Growing Tips

March is the month for re-potting houseplants. Below is a list of great growing tips for your newly potted house plants: Keep plants placed near windows to ensure plant processes are functioning at optimum Feed sparingly! House plants need very little food Allow soil to dry slightly...

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Understanding Frost Dates

According to Environment Canada, the first frost date (first time frost occurs in autumn) in Kelowna ranges, on average, between October 21 and 31st while the average last frost (last time frost occurs in spring) ranges between April 21 and 30th. That said, frost dates are not set in stone,...

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Verticillium Wilt

What is it? Verticillium Wilt is a fungal disease which attacks many different species of woody and herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees as well as fruit and vegetable crops. Verticillium wilt fungus usually infects a plant through ‘wounds’ in the roots. It also occasionally enters a plant...

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Why do leaves turn colours in fall?

To many of us, fall is the most beautiful time of the year. It moves in like a cloak as nights grow longer and colder and the air becomes filled with the sweet, earthy smells of decaying and ripening fruits. It is a wondrous time to be out in nature as we marvel at the many colour changes. But...

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Fall & Winter Planter Appeal

When we imagine garden planters and hanging baskets, we usually think about beautiful spring and summer displays full of life that by autumn, need to be emptied of plants and soil and be put to bed for the winter. But did you know that the fall and winter season provides an array of options for...

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Addictive Gardening

Growing beautiful houseplants can be addictive or at least habit forming. There is something that feels good about walking into a house full of beautiful tropicals. They smell nice, look great, provide nature all around, promote a sense of well bring, filter the air and humidify the indoor...

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A Greenhouse effected home

In today’s world we are slowly moving our food purchases closer to home. It is an arduous process and only the cost of transporting foods around the world will change our mind as to what foods we consume and when. It makes sense to consume foods that are in season, if at all possible...

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The Messy Garden

Gardens are a place to enjoy nature, a place to explore, and a place to relax. The space is yours. The space is there only for you and all the natural organisms. A messy garden has a lot of life going on. The area is full of plants and insects, large and small. My walkways have as much veggies,...

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Landscape Design Tips for Front Gardens

Here are some points to consider if you are planning a front garden makeover or installation this year. Welcome to My Home Front gardens are generally transitional areas between very public spaces, roadways or sidewalks, and private space...

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