We are so very excited to host a visit to the Halifax Public Gardens for the Prince of Wales. To prepare for the visit I have been reviewing his book The Elements of Organic Gardening.
I want to let you all know about how we keep our greenhouse and garden plants as pesticide free as we are able.
I have been in many greenhouses where the permanent material (like our lemon tree) has been full of spider mites and ours suffered from sooty mold and scale.
Watering lightly only twice a week to keep evenly moist we were able to provide a healthy while cooler growing environment.
Watering with no fertilizer.
We increased the watering in mid April on sunny cool days.
Infested plants were treated with Neem Oil applications, Safers Soap.
Take a good look at the picture above. All of the sooty leaves fell off and were replaced by clean new leaves. Naturally.
It’s official! Our nations first! Canada’s Garden Day!
From now until forever on the Friday before Father’s Day we will celebrate The Garden. Soooo, Happy Father’s Day Dad and Dads across this land.
Let’s get this summer party started and get out in a garden. Start thinking of your neighborhood in terms of an extended garden. And the maritimes is a place of great gardening culture.
Look at your home, school, road side, greenbelt, highway, even the sewage treatment facility has some landscape.
If we only needed one good reason to have Canada’s Garden Day it would be to reintroduce communities to the value of nature and the importance gardens, being outside or with your hands in soil, and how a regular connection with plants helps humans thrive.
This year the Halifax Public Garden will join Butchart Garden in British Columbia, Assiniboine Park in Manitoba, Toronto Botanical Garden, Newfoundland Botanical Garden in St. John’s Newfoundland in a day long festival of plants, people and places.
Come on down to the Halifax Public Garden on June 14th and help us at the Halifax Public Garden to celebrate Canada’s garden culture. In my opinion Maritimers love to garden and it will be a chance to talk about gardening with folks who work at the Halifax Public Garden. We have invited a few local characters along to add some pizzaz. Let’s talk about what you might plan to do next year to celebrate Canada’s Garden Day.
We have asked our long time friend, Neville MacKay of My Mother’s Bloomers, to be our host for a very special event on Garden day. At his mercy will be 4 mystery gardeners creating their own plant installation in the Halifax Public Garden. These 4 creations will be left for the whole summer in the garden and we want you to then vote for your favorite creation. The winner will receive some very special Halifax Public Garden swag.
We will be hoping for local photography buffs to record and share the seasons progress of the plant creations. Look for all of the details on www.halifax.ca.
Hope to see you Friday, June 14th! Say hi if you see me.
The weather has been cold and damp. Luckily all is holding well. Even the peony are doing well.
Here are a few of our primula. A few are species and a few are horticultural cultivars.