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Is My Watermelon Ripe?

Is My Watermelon Ripe?

Knowing when your watermelon is ripe helps you pick it at the peak of perfection. Pick it too early and it is light pink and only half as sweet. Pick too late and it is soft and  decomposing. In Northern gardens summer is ending soon so we have to make a call…. here’s how I do it.

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Drip Irrigation in the Greenhouse

Drip Irrigation in the Greenhouse

Here is the Little Jobs in the Garden video about my new drip system. I have been adjusting the system so that I water twice a day. I find the timers easy to set and right now I water at 5 Am and at the peak of the heat at 1 PM. The system runs for 10 minutes now each time.
The second video is all about how plants in the cabbage family are not good companions for my tomatoes. Did you know some plants like cabbage and sunflowers are allelopaths? They can slow down or damage other plants. 

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Kids Engaged in Gardening

Kids Engaged in Gardening

So my grandkids love watermelons. And eating peas. But how do I get them away from their monster trucks and into the greenhouse? I do it with water. All ages love to water and they love to play with the various hoses and sprinklers I have in my greenhouse and garden. I also let them discover the excitement of the treasure hunt when it comes to pulling potatoes.

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Oh Dear! Deer in My Garden

Oh Dear! Deer in My Garden

So my grandkids love watermelons. And of course I want to please my grandkids so I promised to grow watermelons for their August visit. But this year, more than ever before, the deer are eating my watermelon plants. I even sprayed all around the plants with Bobbex to deter the deer. And that’s when they took a really big bite – of the biggest fruit. So I took the next step and put up a mechanical barrier. Watch the video of me covering and protecting my watermelons from deer this summer

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Spittle Bugs & Slime Mold

Spittle Bugs & Slime Mold

What is that “Barf” on my lawn and spit in my plants? Believe it or not the gross things you see in your garden this month are normal everyday garden things you might encounter and they are not a problem. Instead, they are just good to know and then forget about. Listen in to my interview on CBC radio, initially aired across  British Columbia on July 14, 2018.

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Garden Decorating 2018

Garden Decorating 2018

Nancy and Darren have built picturesque flower frames and they call them Living Easels. Combining a found wooden frame plus rustic evergreen saplings for the easel poles, they made some beautiful garden decor. This blog post is a great big shout out to all the gardeners out there who are not only growing plants but growing beauty in their back yards. Nancy and Darren surprised me with their picturesque floral Living Easels and Tammy spruced up her strawberry pot with berries of a different kind.

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