With the time change over the weekend, did you like having more daylight longer last night? Maybe over the weekend you were thinking about what you want to do this spring when it comes to gardening. It certainly came to mind for me Friday Night, when Swan Lake Nurseryland won the Business of The Year Award at the Greater Vernon Business Excellence Awards. Swan Lake Nurseryland has an amazing variety of seeds, plants and all you need to get you growing this coming spring.
According to Swan Lake Nurseryland’s website:
“Know Your Growing Season
Canada’s frost chart is a handy link to frost and freezing dates across Canada giving the approximate last day of frost in the spring to the first day of frost in the fall. Once you know those dates you’ll know how long your growing season is. Here in BC, theses can be between 93 days in Prince George to 229 days. Here in Vernon it is between 130 and 159 days. Altitude also makes a difference. These are important dates to know for buying seeds and planning your garden and flower beds.
After you have looked at the frost chart and found how long your specific growing season is, you can now start planning when to start your seeds indoors and when you can safely plant your garden. For British Columbia, with its warmer climate, that date falls March to April. For the rest of Canada that date falls somewhere in May.
Read the Seed Packages and visit the suppliers website!
The seeds sold at Swan Lake Nurseryland are specially made for our BC zones and our staff will be happy to guide you in your choices.
Why is this important? The next time you’re out and see a seed display, stop and look at the back of the envelope that the seeds come in. There’s a ton of information on that envelope:
- in-depth planting information
- water and light needs
- the size of the plant when it’s full-grown to the maturity date
All of that’s important, but the one we want to focus on first is the maturity date.
A Plant’s Maturity Date
The maturity date tells you how long that plant takes to grow.
While looking for seeds you want to be sure to get seeds of plants that will mature within your growing season. You don’t want to grow tomatoes that require 170 days to maturity if your season is only 130 days.
Be sure to shop for seeds that are within your growing season time frame.
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There’s a also a community event coming up this weekend involving several community groups, known as Seedy Saturday.
Spokesperson Heather Miller says “This is really SUCH a fun community event and, along with all amazing local seed growers, farmers, food producers, inspiring speakers and extremely enthusiastic gardeners, we have several different community groups joining us – Friends of the Library, Garden Club, Vernon Museum, Okanagan Regional Library, Invasive Species Council of BC, City of Vernon Sustainability, RDNO, Okanagan Master Gardeners and more.”
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