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Gardening author shares planting tips | Vulcan Advocate

Gardeners intently listening to what guest speaker Lyndon Penner had to say at the Vulcan Senior Centre the evening of Wednesday, May 24.

Penner, who’s originally from Saskatchewan, has written several books on gardening, including The Chinook: Short Season Yard, Garden Design and Native Plants.

He shared tips including what types of flowers to plant in different climates and what types of pots to use.

Penner made sure to emphasize that gardening should be something people enjoy doing.

His presentation catered towards more experienced gardeners, but he also touched on points a new gardener would appreciate learning.

“Not everything in your garden will pan out,” he said.

In an interview with the Advocate after his presentation, he gave further suggestions on how to start gardening.

Penner said avoid gardening by yourself at first.

He suggesting getting a gardening mentor, perhaps somebody you already know, or someone from a horticultural society.

“Have somebody you can go plant shopping with. It will be more fun and you will feel less frightened and overwhelmed,” Penner said.

If you have questions, such as why the leaves on your tomato plants are turning brown, that mentor would be a reference.

“It is really important that new gardeners learn from experienced gardeners,” Penner said. “Don’t try to do it by yourself, don’t just watch videos on YouTube. Actually have a gardening mentor.”

Penner also suggests that new gardeners buy a gardening magazine or book.

Once they have an idea of what they want to plant, they can take that magazine or book into a garden centre and ask for what they want to grow.

Bringing a magazine or book into a garden centre also helps narrow down what you want, he added.

“If you go to a garden centre and say ‘what should I plant?’ it’s kind of like going to Safeway and saying, ‘What do you have for groceries’,” Penner said.

“If you can go in with a gardening magazine or book under your arm and say ‘I love this, do you have this here, can I grow this?’, narrows things down for

yourself.”

Penner also suggests having a list of goals of what you want to plant, and then prioritizing them.

He also says to be realistic with what you want to accomplish.

“Canadians have this idea that as soon as the snow melts we have to do the yard, and then life gets in the way and the weeds are knee high, and you go forget it, I will just do it next year, and it doesn’t work,” Penner said.

“If you say ‘our project for May is…’, we are going to get the weeds out of the yard and we are going to buy some containers, ‘our project for spring is’, if you make a list of all the things you want to do in the yard, and then go through and number them by priority.”

 

Article source: http://www.vulcanadvocate.com/2017/05/29/gardening-author-shares-planting-tips