Earthwise workshop helps gardens flourish even in the heat

Summer is well underway, and while the hot weather has us yearning to spend time outdoors, gardening during this time can sometimes feel like an overwhelming task.

Although most gardens will enjoy a colourful explosion of growth during the early summer months, by August the garden can sometimes start to appear dry and thirsty. However, it’s important to remember the August garden is still a garden in full bloom, and Earthwise wants to help you ensure your summer garden will flourish in spite of the heat.

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Join the experts at Earthwise on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 10 to 11 a.m. for a hands-on workshop that will teach you everything you need to know to keep your garden healthy, even in the hottest weather.

The workshop will be held in the beautiful Earthwise Garden, which will be used as an example of planting for the dry season. Identify which plants are in bloom, get some ideas on the best drought tolerant plants for your garden and discover ways to conserve water when temperatures soar.

The workshop will also touch on the ecological role of gardens in August, and the importance of creating habitat for pollinators during the hot months. Dry weather can be difficult for local wildlife and it’s crucial to fill gardens with plants that will bloom and provide much-needed habitat and food for the birds, bees and butterflies.

As the workshop will demonstrate, getting your garden in order in August can also have other tangible (and delicious) advantages. August is a great time to start planting your food gardens for the fall harvest. Think flavourful broccoli, sweet carrots and tender greens.

There are a multitude of vegetables that can be planted now to be harvested in the fall, and all it requires is a little bit of planning.

To register for the Garden in August workshop, call 604-946-9828 or visit www.earthwisesociety.bc.ca.

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