plant sale
Mother’s Day plant sale

On your mark, get set, grow!! The month of May is always such an exciting time for gardeners.

Vegetable and flower seeds are planted. Tender plants are moved outdoors and lineups begin at our local nurseries.

Our fingernails are embedded with dirt and our knees are permanently callused and stained with delicious black soil.

According to the 2011 census, approximately 55 per cent of Richmond residents were living in multi-unit housing. That number has probably increased in the last six years. So, small space gardening has become a popular topic within the gardening community.

Another trend that is gaining momentum in our community is food security. We want to grow our own healthy fruits and vegetables that have not been contaminated with chemicals.

The joy of gardening does not have to disappear when living in townhouses or condominiums. The magic word is “vertical” — grow everything up!

Vertical gardening gives the illusion of more space. There is a lot of produce that can be grown in pots these days -— tomatoes, beans, peas, potatoes, raspberries, blackberries, salad veggies and so on.

Growing food in small spaces can be fun and productive. All you need is sunshine and some imagination!

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