2023 March Gardening Tips

2023 March Gardening Tips

With the arrival of spring, it is time to get your garden ready for the new season. March is a great month to started on some of your favourite gardening activities! Plus, don’t forget it’s the best time of year to get everything you need while shelves are fully-stocked. In this weeks blog, we’re here to share everything you can do this March, so that you can grow your best garden yet this Spring!

March Checklist

Still have snow on the ground? That’s no problem at all! With March comes a lot of preparation for a whole new season ahead. Whether you’re cooped up indoors or just about ready to dig in the dirt, we’re here to make sure you cross off everything there is to do this month with our handy check-list below.

 Feed houseplants with garden prod Palm & Tropical Fertilizer, 9-3-3 and repot houseplants for optimal growth.
  Plan out your garden to make sure the growing conditions for all your plants are met. Consider growing vertical gardens for extra space and privacy!
 Try building raised beds in your vegetable garden this year, drainage is much improved and the soil temperature is 8-13F or higher.
 Build up your soil with bone meal, manure, or with your own garden compost.
 Feed established outdoor plants with Nurseryland All purpose 20-20-20 plant food.
 If and when your grass is dry, mow at a high setting.
 Prune mophead hydrangeas by cutting off last years flowering stems.
 Arrange plant support when the ground becomes warm enough.
 Watch for arrival of fresh and new nursery stock. We’re starting to get more and more each day!
 Check for drainage! Walk your lawn to see where water has collected and make repairs as needed.
 Do a clean-up rose pruning now.
 Start Tuberous Begonias inside now, transport outdoors when the soil is workable.
 Try installing a rain-water system, to save money on watering this year!
 Try planting popular varieties of Spring Bulbs LiliesDahliasAnemonesCannaCallaRanunculusBegoniasAnemone & More!
 Prune trees and shrubs, from any winter damage. Repair broken branches with clean cuts to prevent mites.
 Try using recycled plastic for sowing seeds, like yogurt cups!

Sowing In March

March is the perfect time to sow seeds for your garden. Whether you are a novice or an experienced gardener, sowing seeds in March can help you get a head start on the growing season. There are many benefits to sowing seeds in this month, including taking advantage of the early spring weather conditions and avoiding pests and diseases. Additionally, March is a great time to test out new varieties of plants and experiment with different planting techniques. Check out our handy list of seeds that are ready for sowing this Spring!

South Coastal, BC BroccoliSageMintCabbageRosemarySweet PeaTomatoViola
Interior, BC PepperOnionTomatoArtichokePeaBroadBeanOreganoMarjoramDianthusAgastache
Canadian Prairies LeekOnionPepperArtichokePeaOreganoThymeLemongrassDigitalisLavender
Southern Ontario AsparagusArugulaPeaSesameLettuceParsleyCatnipMintBergamotDigitalis
Southern Quebec LavenderRosemarySageMintNigellaViolaSweet PeaClaytoniaOnionPepper
Maritimes ThymeOreganoCatnipAlyssumDigitalisSweet PeaLeekOnionBroad BeanArtichoke
Northern Canadian Regions ArtichokeLeekOnionOreganoRosemaryMintSageDigitalisViolaColumbine
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2023 February Gardening Tips

2023 February Gardening Tips

February is a great time to get your garden ready for spring. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or just getting started, there are plenty of activities you can do in February to make sure your garden is ready for the warmer months ahead. From seed sowing and garden planning to caring for houseplants, February gardening offers something for everyone. With the right preparation, you can enjoy a beautiful and productive garden all year round!


With temperatures slowly increasing and the days getting longer, February is a good month to start planting your first seeds of the year. Depending on which zone you live in, there are a variety of crops that can be planted in February. In Zone 3, for example, you can sow lettuce, spinach, kale and carrots. In Zone 4, you can sow onions and peas. And in Zone 5 you can sow tomatoes and peppers. No matter what zone you live in, sowing seeds in February will give your garden a head start on the growing season! Check out a few popular varieties of seeds you can sow now in your area – below!

Coastal, BC – Asparagus, Broadbean, Corn salad, Onions, Pac Choi & Choi Sum, Peas, Radish, Spinach, Strawberries
South Central, BC – Artichoke, Asparagus, Celery, Chickpeas, Strawberries
Ontario, BC – Northern BC, Artichoke, Strawberries
South Central, Prairies – Delphinium, Rubeckia, Snapdragons, Sweet Pea, Yarrow, Pansy, Lavender, Rosemary
Southern Prairies – Artichoke, Asparagus, Celery, Leeks, Onions, Peppers, Strawberries
Northern Prairies – Tithhonia, Viola, Lavender, Rosemary
Central Ontario – Asparagus, Cress, Leeks, Onions, Peppers, Strawberries
Southern Ontario – Arugula, Asparagus, Leeks, Onions (storage), Peppers, Strawberries


February is the perfect time to plan your garden for the upcoming growing season. With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can have a beautiful garden that will bring you joy all spring and summer long.


Mapping out your garden is the first step in planning for February. You’ll want to decide which plants will go where, and how much space each one needs. You’ll also want to consider bloom times, so that you can maximize color in your garden throughout the season.

Take stock of what you currently have in your garden. What are the plants that need to be moved, weeds that need to be pulled, and areas that could use additional garden space?

Plan for which plants will grow well in the month of February and factor in any bloom times. Are there flowers or vegetables you would like to plant earlier than usual?

Finally, don’t forget about containers! If you’re short on space or just looking for more room for plants, using containers can be a great way to add more garden space without taking up too much room in your yard. With a little bit of creativity and planning, you can make sure your February garden planning sets up your outdoor oasis for success all season long!

& More!

Looking for more to do in the garden this February? Check out the latest episode of Get Up and Grow, ‘Brighten up your winter garden’ with our President, Gord Nickel – below!

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September Gardening Tips

September Gardening Tips

With the approach of September comes all things cool and cozy. That could mean growing your cool crops for soups, stews and more in the garden! Though fall isn’t here quite yet, there is still plenty to do in the garden to prepare for an entirely new season. If you’re looking to plan a fall garden this year, be sure to check off a few end-of-season to-do’s before you dive right in.

Lawn & Pond

Net ponds to prevent the accumulation of falling leaves.

There’s still time to feed your fish before they go into a semi-dormant state during winter. Be sure to provide them with nutrient-rich food like premium staple fish food by Aquascapes.

Continue adding beneficial bacteria on a weekly basis.
Sow new lawns when the day temperatures aren’t so hot. Feed soil with turf starter beforehand.
Keep cutting and watering at least one inch per week.
Maintain a clean lawn clear of toys, leaves and tools to ensure your lawn gets the nutrients it needs to survive the winter.


Plant annual flowers like begonia, zinnias, ageratum, celosia, snapdragons, pansies, dianthus, sweet alyssum, petunias, nasturtium, calendula, chrysanthemum & more!
Check for fresh veggie and herb starters now as they start to arrive!
Plant spring-flower bulbs! Pre-orders are now available.
Bring houseplants indoors and inspect them for bugs!
Fall is an excellent time for planting shrubs and trees.
While cleaning up your flowerbeds, keep intact blooms for dried flowers or cut your flowers and hang them!
The best selection of spring flowering bulbs are available for pre-order now!
Continue planting new perennials into the early fall to establish young plants before the winter.
Lift onions, dry and store.
Stop watering late-storing potatoes.

Miscellaneous  & More

  Improve your soil! After tidying up dead leaves and debris, spread compost or manure over your garden bed for a healthy new growing season.
Plant fall rye in the harvested areas of your garden for value green manure.
Turnover compost for the last time of the year.
Harvest seeds or propagate plants you want more of.
Check for Japanese Knotweed and treat as needed.
Weed garden beds to prepare them for winter months.

Directly sow leafy greenspeasbeansonions and broccoli in some regions.

Need more to do in your garden this September? Check out the latest episode of Get Up and Grow, with President Gord Nickel to learn everything there is to plant the perfect trees to add privacy to your yard below.
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