Fall Rye 101

Fall Rye 101

Fall rye, scientifically known as Secale cereale, is a remarkable cereal grain that serves as an exceptional soil builder. Its unique characteristics make it a valuable asset for agricultural practices in various climates. Notably, fall rye exhibits rapid growth during the autumn season and has the ability to withstand harsh winter weather conditions even in zone 3.

Fall Rye Growth

One of the key advantages of fall rye is its vigorous growth in the spring. However, it is important to manage its height before it reaches 30cm (12″) to ensure easy incorporation into the soil. As it grows taller and reaches 1m (3′), turning under or cutting back becomes more challenging.

Fall Rye Soil Benefits

Furthermore, fall rye boasts extensive root systems that contribute to its soil-building capabilities. These roots penetrate deep into the ground and help improve soil structure by enhancing water retention and nutrient availability for other crops.

In conclusion, fall rye proves to be an invaluable addition to any agricultural system due to its ability to build healthy soils. Its resilience against winter weather combined with rapid spring growth makes it a versatile choice for farmers seeking sustainable solutions for their fields.

FALL RYE USES

Fall Rye Recipes

In the culinary world, fall rye shines as an ingredient with its nutty flavor and hearty texture. It can be ground into flour to make breads and pastries or cooked whole as a side dish or salad ingredient. Fall rye’s versatility extends to soups, stews, and even desserts like puddings or porridges.

Fall Rye Décor

When it comes to home décor, fall rye can be used in various ways to add warmth and texture. Its dried stalks can be arranged in vases or woven into wreaths for a charming autumnal display. Additionally, fall rye can be incorporated into table centerpieces or used as filler in decorative baskets for a natural and earthy feel.

Fall Rye Nutrients

Beyond its culinary uses and decorative appeal, fall rye also offers numerous nutritional benefits. Packed with fiber, vitamins B and E, magnesium, and iron, incorporating fall rye into your diet can support digestion, heart health, and overall well-being.

HOW TO GROW FALL RYE

Timing

To achieve the best results, it is recommended to plant fall rye approximately 6-8 weeks before the first frost date. This timing allows the seeds to germinate and establish themselves before winter sets in. In some cases, rye seeds can even germinate as late as early November.

Tip: Alternatively, a spring crop of rye can be planted during the months of March through April. This provides ample time for growth and development before the onset of summer.

Zone

Rye is known for its resilience and ability to withstand harsh climates. It is classified as hardy to Zone 3, which means it can tolerate temperatures as low as -40°C (-40°F).

Caring for Fall Rye

In addition to proper watering, providing regular care and attention throughout each stage of growth is essential for maximizing yield potential. Regularly monitor for pests or diseases that may pose a threat to your crop’s health and promptly address any issues that arise.

With patience and dedication, you can look forward to reaping the rewards of your laborious efforts as you enjoy a bountiful harvest of this nutritious grain. Whether you plan to use rye in baking, brewing or as a cover crop to enrich your soil, the possibilities are endless.

 
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2023 September Gardening Tips

2023 September Gardening Tips

As September approaches, it’s time to embrace the cool and cozy vibes. This also presents an opportunity to grow a variety of crops in your garden that are perfect for making soups, stews, and other comforting dishes. If you’re considering starting a fall garden this year, it’s important to take care of a few end-of-season chores before getting started. Read this weeks Blog 2023 September Gardening Tips, to learn more.

September Lawn & Pond Maintenance

  1. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to nourish your fish before winter sets in! It’s crucial to give them the right nutrients during this time. Consider using high-quality staple fish food, such as Aquascapes’ premium options, to ensure their health and well-being throughout the colder months.

  2. Keep the beneficial bacteria flowing into your system on a weekly basis and experience the numerous advantages it brings. Regularly introducing these helpful microorganisms will boost your overall health and enhance the functionality of your system. For an extra boost, we recommend Aquascape Benefitial Bacteria which provides over seven different concentrated beneficial bacteria and is completely safe for fish, plants, pets, and wildlife.

  3. For optimal results, it is advisable to sow new lawns during cooler temperatures of the day. This helps to ensure that the seeds have a better chance of germinating and taking root. Prior to sowing, it is recommended to nourish the soil with turf starter for enhanced growth and establishment.

  4. To maintain a healthy and vibrant lawn, it is important to consistently cut the grass and water it adequately. Aim to mow your lawn at least once a week, ensuring to trim it by at least one inch each time. Additionally, make sure you provide sufficient hydration through regular watering sessions.

  5. For a healthy lawn that can withstand the winter, it’s important to keep it clean and free from any obstructions such as toys, leaves, and tools. By doing so, you allow your lawn to receive the necessary nutrients it requires for survival during the colder months.

September Plant Tasks

  1. Transform your September garden into a colorful paradise by planting an array of stunning annual flowers. From the vibrant begonia and zinnias to the charming snapdragons and sweet alyssum, the options are endless. Embrace the beauty of nature with celosia, pansies, dianthus, petunias, nasturtiums, calendula, chrysanthemums, and many more breathtaking varieties.

  2. Make sure to keep an eye out for newly arrived fresh vegetable and herb starters. Now is a wonderful opportunity to stock up on these young plants.

  3. Get ready for a vibrant spring garden by pre-ordering your spring-flower bulbs today! Planting bulbs in the fall ensures beautiful blooms when the weather warms up. Take advantage of this opportunity to plan ahead and secure your favorite flowers for next season.

  4. Bring houseplants inside, but make sure to inspect them for any signs of bugs! This is crucial because pests can easily hide on plants and multiply rapidly indoors. By taking the time to thoroughly check your plants, you can identify any potential infestations early on and take appropriate measures to prevent the spread of pests in your home.

  5. Fall is an optimal season for planting shrubs and trees due to a few key reasons. Firstly, the cooler temperatures allow the plants to establish their root systems before the onset of winter. This promotes sturdy growth and reduces transplant shock. Additionally, fall typically brings more rainfall, providing natural hydration and encouraging healthy root development. By planting in this season, you give your shrubs and trees ample time to acclimate to their new environment, ensuring a higher rate of survival come springtime.

  6. When tending to your flowerbeds, consider preserving the beauty of your blooms by either leaving them intact for dried flowers or cutting them and hanging them up. This way, you can enjoy their vibrant colors and delicate petals long after they have been picked.

  7. To ensure a vibrant and thriving garden, it is advisable to continue planting new perennials until early fall. By doing so, you allow sufficient time for these young plants to establish themselves before the arrival of winter. This proactive approach will help promote their growth and enhance their ability to withstand the challenges of the colder months ahead.

  8. Lift onions, dry and store.

  9. Avoid watering potatoes that are intended to be stored for an extended period of time. Late-storing potatoes, in particular, should not be watered as it can negatively impact their long-term storage quality.

September Gardening Miscellaneous & More

  1. If you want to enhance the quality of your soil, there are a few simple steps you can take. Begin by clearing away any dead leaves and debris from your garden bed. This will create a clean slate for new growth. Next, consider spreading compost or manure over the soil. These organic materials not only enrich the soil with essential nutrients but also improve its overall health, leading to a successful growing season ahead.

  2. To improve the fertility of your garden soil, consider planting fall rye in the areas where you have finished harvesting. Fall rye serves as a valuable green manure, adding organic matter and nutrients back into the soil. This practice helps to enrich the soil for future growth and can contribute to healthier plants in subsequent growing seasons.

  3. Turn over the compost for the last time this year.

  4. To grow more of the plants you desire, you have the option to either harvest and save their seeds or propagate them through other methods. Harvesting seeds involves collecting mature seeds from your plants and storing them properly until you are ready to sow them. On the other hand, plant propagation refers to the process of creating new plants by using cuttings, division, layering, or other techniques. By taking advantage of these methods, you can easily expand your plant collection and ensure a sustainable supply of the specific plants you want.

  5. It is advisable to regularly check for the presence of Japanese Knotweed in your surroundings. This invasive plant can cause significant damage to properties and infrastructure if left untreated. If you identify any signs of Japanese Knotweed, it is crucial to take appropriate measures for its control and treatment to prevent further spread and potential harm.

  6. One important task to prepare your garden beds for the winter months is weeding. Removing any weeds from the beds can help prevent them from spreading and taking over during the dormant season. It also allows your plants to receive maximum nutrients and reduces competition for water and sunlight. Taking the time to weed your garden beds before winter sets in will ensure a healthier, more vibrant garden come springtime.

  7. In certain regions, you can directly sow leafy greens, peas, beans, onions, and broccoli. This means planting the seeds directly into the ground or containers without starting them indoors first.

 

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Fire Resistant Gardening

Fire Resistant Gardening

With the increasing spread of wildfires, our President Gord Nickel wanted to share everything he knows about ‘Fire Resistant Gardening’ to help you do your best at home. Tune into the latest episode of Get Up and Grow, to learn a few key practices that can help protect your garden and surrounding areas or read along in this week’s blog Fire Resistant Gardening to learn more.

Pruning

By regularly pruning your garden, you can significantly reduce the amount of fuel available for fires to spread. Dead branches tend to be drier and more flammable, making them particularly susceptible to catching fire. Removing these branches not only eliminates potential fire hazards but also improves the overall health and appearance of your plants.

TIP: Overgrown branches, especially those that are close to structures or power lines, can increase the risk of fires spreading rapidly. By trimming back these branches, you create a buffer zone that helps prevent flames from reaching nearby buildings or infrastructure.

Mulching

Another technique to consider is rock mulching. Using rocks as a ground cover can help create a fire break and prevent flames from reaching your plants or home.

Rock mulching into your landscaping design can serve as an effective technique for creating a fire break and safeguarding your plants and home from wildfire risks. Its ability to reduce fuel for fires, conserve soil moisture, require minimal maintenance efforts, and enhance the visual appeal make it an attractive option for homeowners seeking both practicality and aesthetics in their outdoor spaces.

Low Mow

Regularly mowing your lawn can play a crucial role in mitigating the spread of fires. By keeping the grass short, you reduce the chances of it catching fire. Additionally, shorter grass acts as a natural protective barrier, creating a buffer zone between your garden and potential flames. This simple maintenance task can contribute to ensuring the safety of your property during fire emergencies.

Fire Resistant Plants

When it comes to creating a fire-resistant landscape, choosing the right plants is crucial. Opting for plants with high moisture content and low resin or oil content can significantly reduce the risk of ignition during a fire. These types of plants are less likely to ignite quickly, allowing valuable time for firefighting efforts and minimizing the spread of flames.

Get Up and Grow: Fire Resistant Gardening

Thanks to our caring staff at Wildwood, we now have a huge list of Fire Resistant plants for you to choose from here.

By integrating these practices into your gardening routine, you can establish a fire-resistant environment that plays a crucial role in safeguarding your property against potential wildfires. For more information and help, check out the latest episode of Get Up and Grow below.

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Top 5: Mid-August Seeds to Sow

Top 5: Mid-August Seeds to Sow

To extend the growing season, now is the best time to start planting your fall and winter veggies and even get some cover crops going. To get started, check out our mid-August seed sowing list, complete with handy tips and insights in this weeks blog Top 5 Mid-August Seeds to Sow!

Mid-August Planting All Over Canada

If you’re looking to sow seeds in late summer, there are loads of great options that will thrive. In places like Lower Mainland BC and nearby areas, the first frost usually hits around November 2nd. But If you’re into gardening in a different area, just do a quick Google search with “first frost date” and the name of your town. You’ll find all the info you need to plan out your garden accordingly.

1.) Radishes

Radishes are all about that cool soil vibe, and the best part is they grow super fast when you plant them in the fall. Keep things exciting by planting short rows every couple of weeks so you can enjoy a non-stop supply of these tasty veggies.

2.) Pac choi

Check out pac choi, the cool-weather champ! It’s a must-have for your fall garden. This veggie slows down its growth as autumn rolls in, which means you can easily snatch it at its best before it bolts. Harvesting made simple! You should totally give it a try and mix things up with your meals. Growing these veggies in containers or garden beds is super easy, plus they’re packed with both speed and nutrition. With different sizes and flavors to choose from, pac choi will bring endless culinary excitement to your kitchen.

3.) Carrots

Prepare yourself to be head over heels for carrots! These vibrant orange wonders are absolutely incredible. And guess what? You still have a whopping 75+ days to relish them this season. So, why not sow some seeds within the next couple of weeks? That way, you’ll be all set for an abundant autumn harvest. Don’t forget to keep the seed bed nice and damp until the seeds start sprouting, especially when it’s scorching hot and goes above 25°C (77°F). Gotta give those little seeds the best chance to grow!

4.) Kale

Kale is seriously amazing! If you plant it in mid-August, you’ll have a bountiful harvest all winter long. And if you’re obsessed with its goodness from having it all summer, why not try planting it in winter too? This leafy green is not just any ordinary vegetable – it’s packed with more vitamins and nutrients than you can imagine. If you’re looking to level up your health game, kale is here to save the day!

5.) Mustard

You’ve got to check out the amazing Mustard family! From fancy Mizuna to the impressive Giant Red, these leafy greens bring a whole lot of variety to your salad game. These mustard greens are pretty chill. They actually love the cool soil and thrive in it. If you’re into arugula and corn salad, you should totally plant some mustard greens now. They’ll hang out with you through fall and winter, making your salads extra delightful.

6.) Arugula

And one for good-luck! Arugula is a fan of cool weather and soil. When the nights start getting chilly, around 15°C (60°F) or lower, it’s the perfect time to plant these awesome arugula seeds. Just keep an eye on the weather forecast before you get started! Don’t go crazy and plant all of them at once. Here’s the master plan: plant a small row every two weeks until around the third week in September.

Well look at that, it’s the middle of August and you’re all set with a whole new gardening adventure. Don’t forget to shop our huge selection of seeds online and in-store. Plus! If you order in time, you’ll get 20% off a whole lot of seeds before the end of the season.

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2023 August Gardening Tips

2023 August Gardening Tips

August is a crucial month for gardeners as it marks the transition from summer to fall. With the right tips and techniques, you can ensure that your garden thrives during this time of year. From nurturing your plants to preparing for the upcoming season, there is plenty to do in the garden in August.

TIP #1 – Watering

One of the key tips for gardening this August is to stay on top of watering. As temperatures rise, plants can become easily dehydrated. Be sure to water your plants deeply and consistently, especially during dry spells. It’s also important to water early in the morning or late in the evening to minimize evaporation.

TIP #2 – Deadheading

Another essential task for August gardening is deadheading and pruning. By removing spent blooms and trimming back overgrown branches, you encourage new growth and maintain a tidy appearance in your garden. This also allows more sunlight and air circulation, which helps prevent disease.

TIP #3 – Fall Planting

Additionally, August is an ideal time to start planning for fall planting. Take inventory of your current plants and consider what additions or replacements you might want for the upcoming season. Research which flowers, vegetables, or herbs thrive in your region during autumn and make a plan accordingly.

TIP #4 – Ponding

Take a moment to keep an eye on your fish! August is a critical period when these adorable aquatic creatures may develop ulcers. To ensure their well-being, it’s essential to administer necessary medications and maintain clean water and filters. By taking these proactive measures, you can help promote the overall health and happiness of your cherished fishy friends.

TIP #5 – Lawn Care

Lastly, don’t forget about lawn care! August is a great time to address any bare patches or weed issues in your lawn. Consider reseeding or overseeing areas that need attention and apply weed control products as necessary.

By following these tips for gardening this August, you’ll ensure that your garden remains vibrant and healthy throughout the changing seasons. Embrace this transitional period as an opportunity to prepare your outdoor space for a stunning display of colors and growth in the months ahead! For more, check out this week’s episode of Get Up and Grow with our President Gord Nickel, below!
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Top 5 Gifts For Dad This Father’s Day

Top 5 Gifts For Dad This Father’s Day

 Don’t know what to get Dad for Father’s Day this year? Don’t worry, we’ve curated a list of the perfect gifts that are sure to make him feel special. Get ready to take your gift-giving game to the next level with The Top 5 Gifts for Dad this Father’s Day!

1.) Adirondack Lounger

If you’ve got a Dad who loves his favorite chair, then you know how important it is to him. But why not take that special spot outdoors for an even more special experience? Introducing the Ergonomically designed, heavy-duty dream chair! With no painting, no slivers and no rot, this chair will be a lifetime companion for your Dad and his favorite spot outside.

2.) Aquascapes Mini-Pond Kit

Don’t have a pond? Get one! Whether Dad lives in an apartment or doesn’t have the space for a pond, The Aquascape AquaGarden Mini Pond Kit makes it simple and easy to add the sights and sounds of a water garden to any location. Not only a fun project to do together, but a relaxing way to unwind together this Father’s Day.

Looking for more fun? Add a few small fish and different types of plants to create your own unique aquatic paradise. The waterfall filter offers an ideal environment for plants, but also acts as a biological filter to keep the water clean and clear.

3.) DIY Bird House

A great way to create lasting memories with Dad this Father’s Day is by completing a DIY project together! This Bird Feeder Kit comes with all the materials you need to build your own bird feeder. Not only will it be a fun and rewarding activity, but it will also give Dad the opportunity to watch and enjoy the birds that visit his creation. With this kit, you can create an enjoyable experience of bonding, learning, and appreciation for nature that will be remembered for years to come!

4.) Funny Dog Fountain

Are you looking for a unique way to put a smile on your Dad’s face this Father’s Day? Look no further than the Aquascape Naughty Dog Spitter! This lightweight and durable poly-resin ornament is easy to install and provides a fun, whimsical addition to any pond or water feature. Not only is it eye-catching, but it will bring life to your outdoor living space. Plus, it’s sure to be a hit with Dad!

 5.) Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre, Gift card

Struggling for ideas on what to buy your Dad this Father’s Day? Get him a Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre gift card and let him pick the perfect gift himself. The card can be used for both in-store and online purchases, so it’s a great last-minute option with no expiration date!

 Happy Father’s Day from all of us at Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre!
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