Are you thinking about spring yet? While it seems other people are starting to complain about winter dragging on (except maybe in Vancouver), I have been thankful for the yearly 5-month hiatus so that I can focus on other parts of my life (and I literally mean "can" because I don't think I am actually capable of focusing on much else extracurricular during gardening season. I know. I have a serious problem.)
But it is time. Time to start wrapping up my indoor projects (I barely did anything this year! where did the time go?) Time to start making seed-starting charts. And time to start addressing those questions new gardeners are looking to get answered - as evidenced by the increased blog traffic and questions I start getting at this time of year.
For a start, here are some posts I've written around this time in past years that people have seemed to find useful:
And this year my kids (aged 6, 4, and 2) are a little older and I feel it is time to reach out to the gardening community a little more than just from my computer at home when I happen to have a minute or two to myself. I wrote an article on Piet Oudolf-inspired plants for Calgary sustainable gardens recently for the Calgary Horticultural Society's magazine, and I have now committed myself to making a presentation on "Tips for Growing Food in Calgary" for them in March. Any suggestions about tips or questions you think I should address would be most welcome!