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Home & Harvest Great Garden Contest
Enter for a chance to win the Great Canadian fall cleanup prize
How does your garden grow? Share photos of your garden, lawn, window box, planter, garden bed or whole garden – flowers or vegetables! Three finalists will be chosen, and their photos will be published in The Outlook and displayed at the West Vancouver Community Centre lobby during this year’s Pumpkin Fest celebrations to be held on Oct. 5 and 6. The winner will be announced at Pumpkin Fest on Oct. 6 and will receive “The Great Canadian Fall Garden Cleanup” ($500 value) from Great Canadian Landscaping.
Give your garden that extra TLC, and email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Best Garden Contest.”
Garden Tips of the Week
Get cool and embrace the second spring. September is cool-season gardening, a second spring of sorts. It’s when the soil temperature is the warmest of the whole year. According to Jason Black, of Great Canadian Landscaping, this is the month to do all sorts of projects, and it’s also a great time to find plant bargains. “There is no better time to renovate your garden because you can get perennials, grasses and shrubs at great prices,” he says.
Renovate your garden: divide perennials, move shrubs to a better location, plant trees, reorganize the garden so that it’s set for next year.
Give your garden a boost of colour: Pansies and cyclamen are two great plants for adding colour to your garden this time of year. Japanese anemones, clematis and crocuses are other favourites.
Plant winter hardy annuals, or shrubs and trees like Red or Yellow Twig Dogwood, Coral Bark Maple or Beautyberry.
Add mulch to garden beds to provide a winter blanket to less hardy perennials as well as the roots of trees.
Develop a plan for creating your own source of vegetables and herbs.
Look for more gardening tips next week, and check out the Home & Harvest section of the Pumpkin Fest on Oct. 6 at the West Vancouver Community Centre. Check out westvanpumpkinfest.ca.