Victory Gardener’s Almanack for the month of June

Mike Dunton’s Maritime Northwest Edition Victory Gardener’s Almanack for the month of June
The gardening season starts in full swing in June. Everything is growing now, including the weeds. Develop a good, daily routine to hoe and cultivate and they won’t get away from you. As your lawn takes off, save your clippings and use them … Read More.

Victory Gardener’s Almanack for the month of May

Mike Dunton’s Maritime Northwest Edition Victory Gardener’s Almanack for the month of May
May is the month when we head into our main gardening season. May is when most vegetables can be planted and some early spring crops can be harvested. Enjoy the outdoors; summer is right around the corner! 
In the Vegetable Garden 

Set out tomato plants … Read More.

Victory Gardener’s Almanack for the month of April

Mike Dunton’s Maritime Northwest Edition Victory Gardener’s Almanack for the month of April
The weather is generally transitional at this time. Enjoy the beautiful sunbreaks, but keep on alert for the downpours. Stop, appreciate, and enjoy the beautiful flowering that is happening all around.
In the Vegetable Garden
• As soon you can work the soil, begin … Read More.

Victory Gardener’s Almanack for the month of March 

Mike Dunton’s Maritime Northwest Edition Victory Gardener’s Almanack for the month of March 
The winter finally comes to an official close later this month. Time to start putting all of your winter dreaming and planning into practice. In general, it is still too early to plant many species of garden vegetables, but with protective measures and scoping out … Read More.

Seed to Market: a Magical Lesson

When my parents first took out our front lawn for a fruit and veggie garden and planted grape vines in our backyard, I didn’t really understand their purpose. I was five years old! I was told the plants could provide food and shade.
I was curious about the beings living in the soil. I also loved … Read More.

Victory Gardener’s Almanack for the month of February

Mike Dunton’s Maritime Northwest Edition Victory Gardener’s Almanack for the month of February
Don’t get carried away and start planting your whole garden if we happen to get a week or two of “false spring” weather this month. Although the days can reach into the 50s, the nights still are likely to return to the 20s … Read More.

Apartment Composting Made Easy

If you are passionate like me about managing your home waste, but live in an apartment, Bokashi composting may be your answer to your food waste dilemmas. Bokashi is a Japanese method of composting that essentially uses live microbes to “pickle” food waste. During fermentation in the anaerobic atmosphere, it breaks down food into a … Read More.

Maritime Northwest Victory Gardener’s Almanack for the month of January

Mike Dunton’s Maritime Northwest Edition Victory Gardener’s Almanack for the month of January 
Many of the tasks outlined for December are ongoing and necessary throughout the winter season. Now that the busy, sometimes hectic, holiday season is in the past, January is a great time for personal reflection while starting to look forward to the year ahead. Planning … Read More.

Study Finds ‘Rollie Pollies’ Remove Heavy Metals From Soil, Protects Groundwater

Turns out a little bug we don’t think of much is one of the best protectors of soil ever imaginable. Read on to find out more!
Turn over a brick or a board lying in the yard and underneath you may find a collection of pill bugs scurrying about. Also known as “rollie pollies” or wood- lice, … Read More.

Maritime Northwest Victory Gardener’s Almanack for the month of December

Mike Dunton’s Maritime Northwest Edition Victory Gardener’s Almanack for the month of December
December tends to be a continuation of our region’s seasonally wet weather but
can occasionally get snowy. The primary difference between this month and last is that the days are getting colder and shorter as the Winter Solstice arrives. This is the time of … Read More.