There is an easy way to find out if your soil is alkaline, acidic or neutral. Alkaline soils have a pH above 7, acidic is below 7 and 7 is neutral. A pH neural soil is usually the easiest to work with, but that comes along very infrequently. If your soil is alkaline you can choose to take measures to bring the pH down by adding organic matter, like compost, pine needles or peat moss.

The ground may still be cold, but longer days have already begun to coax your plants out of their winter dormancy. There are several valuable ways that you can prepare for the busy gardening season ahead.

1 Assess and Repair.
Check your garden for winter damage. Clean up any boughs that were broken in storms.

Whenever I meet someone who just found out that I sell plants for Canada’s finest wholesale grower, their first question is always “What new plants are you introducing for this gardening season?” I LOVE that question! Every year, Bylands introduces 30 – 50 new nursery plants (trees, shrubs, evergreens, roses, edibles, vines, perennials), and getting a chance to talk about them and show pictures is a lot of fun for me.

When starting seeds indoors for spring planting, timing is very important. The plants need to be large enough to move outdoors at the normal planting time, without being spindly and overgrown.

This year's gardening trends

Trends come and go, especially when it comes to clothing, colours, accessories, home decorations etc., but trends in gardening tend to stick around a bit longer or they are explored in a slightly different way.