Helen Lang

HELEN LANG: Don’t be in such a rush, you’ll miss all the beauty

There is a magnificent Hawthorn tree in full bloom across the street from me.

HELEN LANG: It’s spring but still decidedly chilly for some flora

I’ve just consulted the thermometer, and it says it’s 22 degrees, but I don’t believe it.

HELEN LANG: We’ve come to expect the sun

With gardens, there’s always something to worry about — except the tough and pretty pansies.

HELEN LANG: Dean Park is nice in spring

It is simply wonderful at any time, but especially at this time of year.

HELEN LANG: Plant the seeds now for ripe tomatoes by August

Tomatoes are possibly the most popular vegetable (fruit) we plant.

HELEN LANG: Almost everything can be planted in April

All you folks from the old country will be murmuring, “Oh, to be in England now that April’s here.”

HELEN LANG: All plants must have water and every April 1 must have tricks

April 1 is one of my favourite days of the year, right up there with Christmas and Halloween.

HELEN LANG: Who can you trust when there are ripe strawberries around?

It is definitely spring (although the breeze is still on the chilly side) and the thermometer says it’s a scant eight degrees Celsius.

HELEN LANG: Even small wooded areas can offer the lure of unspoiled nature

Do you remember the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try — try again”?

HELEN LANG: A gardener is like a friend to Mother Nature

Things begin to get exciting this month. Spring is definitely in the air. There isn’t a single cloud to be seen.

HELEN LANG: No honour amongst thieves, or berry pickers

This is a particularly lovely time of year. Many of the flowering trees are in full bloom.

HELEN LANG: Peas pass the beans

Let’s talk for a moment about planting peas, please.

HELEN LANG: Tulips are still waiting for the warmer weather

I’m putting half my seed in a bowl of water to soak overnight, to get them off to an early start.

HELEN LANG: First seeds of the season are simply wonderful

I find this exciting ... the first seeds planted this spring! The start of something wonderful!

HELEN LANG: A gardener’s new veggie list

I have some interesting news for gardeners provided by Linda Gilkeson, a very knowledgeable gardener and speaker.

HELEN LANG: Early vegetables recommended as winter ends

Almost the end of the bleakest month of the year but it hasn’t been a bad month as winter months go.

HELEN LANG: Strange and wonderful things can happen in the garden

In a moment of weakness I bought a small package of something with a terrible last name.

HELEN LANG: Will a new year bring us good health and happiness?

Well, here we go again! Another year, another beginning and we wonder what this New Year will bring.

HELEN LANG: Grab opportunity by both hands and hold on

We were parked in downtown Sidney, still sitting in the car discussing the things we had to do before heading home.

HELEN LANG: It’s time to think happy thoughts

I’m actually writing this on December 1 but I’m trying to get a little bit ahead as there is always so much to do at this time of year.