Oh Mighty May

If April Showers bring May Flowers What Do May Flowers Bring?… Pilgrims!

Mid May weather has not been anything typical for anywhere in our country.  Snow in the East and I’m talking from Alberta to the Maritimes, while we experience record daytime highs in many regions of BC.  Our nights have warmed considerably now too and the difference in the growth of my plants in the greenhouse is showing.  Thank you for all who came out to the greenhouse over the Mothers Day Weekend!  Notice how I’ve now taken it from just one day to an entire weekend.  We should make it a long weekend!

I’ve begun to see the onset of bug infestations.  I had a spittle bug in the greenhouse and my right hand lady had never seen them before.  She was not impressed and actually gagged when I dove in dragging the little green monster from his frothy enclosure.  I also have noticed a couple of wasps that I must follow to where they are probably building a nest.  Then send in my husband to deal with them.  

Many people are anxious to get started on their garden and for the most part temperatures over the next two weeks are warm and even the evenings are 6 to 8 degrees.  I would think that we could start with cool weather plants like lettuce, peas, radish and most of the bedding vegetables and flowers that are available.  Beans need a consistent 60 degree temperature in order for a good consistent sprout if not that warm they may just rot in the ground.

Moles, Voles have certainly been active in the yard this spring and I am seeing more holes in than normal.  They can be a difficult to get rid of and can do considerable damage to you plants and seedlings.  One suggestion made is to cut off the tunnel that leads in a direction to your garden this is done by putting a metal barrier about I foot deep across the tunnel.  There is also traps that you can set up as well, be sure to wear clean gloves while doing so as I understand that they have sensitive noses and will avoid the trap if they can detect human scent. I have also found this recipe for a deterrent that I am going to try.

Whip together in a blender till it looks like shaving cream

  • 1/4 cup castor oil
  • 2 tablespoons liquid detergent
  • 6 tablespoons water 

Use 2 tablespoons of this mixture in a watering can and sprinkle it over the areas of infestation just after a rain or thorough watering.  I’ll let you know how I make out but would love to hear from anyone with other ideas short of dynamite.

Happy Gardening, Stay Safe!

Samantha Nason, BS Ranch & Greenhouses

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