Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo is less than a month away. I love attending this event as its the start of the garden season. Its at this time that I will think about which seeds to buy and grow in my garden. This year we have Salt Spring Seeds and West Coast Seeds coming with their wonderful selection of seeds. Its time to go through their catalogues to get an idea of what you may want to pick up. February means you can think about planting pac choi in the garden, maybe some salad greens if you are growing in a greenhouse or hoop house.
March is the official start in the vegetable garden with potatoes, onions and broad beans being planted. Yes, you don't have to wait until May to get started. You want to get your cool season crops started. Living in the lower mainland of BC we can plant earlier than many other areas.
We also have Tropic to Tropic Plants coming with his array of interesting tropical plants. Last year Ray had avocado, paw paw and lemon shrubs. I can't wait to see what he brings this year. I am hoping he has some Camellia sinensis so I can grow more tea.
If you are growing in small spaces we have our container expert coming back once again. Robyn, owner of Wild Ginger Designs, is well known in the community for her unique garden containers.
Don't forget to check through your seeds from last year. Is there something you didn't like or do you have too much seed left over? Bring your leftover seeds packaged in small envelopes to trade at our annual seed swap. Be sure to label them with all the growing information such as colour, height, number of seeds and plant name so it can help the next person who plants them.
We hope to see you at Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo 2017. This year we have a new location at the Ladner United Church, 4960 48 avenue in Ladner. I want to thank the church for hosting our event.