Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Upcoming Garden Tours!

It's almost that time of the year again - time for the annual Seaside Garden Tour in Chester. It's the one tour that I never miss and this year it will take place on Saturday, July 17th from noon to 4 pm (rain or shine).. I've been to the tour when it's a gorgeous summer day and other times when it's raining as heavily as a monsoon! Either way, it's a blast.. great gardens and great people.. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event (the tickets include a $5 luncheon coupon). Tickets are available at the Chester Visitor Information Centre and at the Chester Pharmasave. You can find out more by calling the Visitor Information Centre at (902) 275-4616.

Also, coming up this weekend - on July 11th - the Basin Gardeners are putting on the 10th Annual Strawberry Tea & Garden Tour! Tickets are just $10 in advance, or $12 at the gate. The event runs from noon to 4 pm and begins at the host garden - the lovely property owned by Nancy Guest, located at 26 Marriotts Cove Road. For more information, please call Myra at (902) 273-2000 or e-mail at

Happy Gardening!


  1. Niki,I have a question.. the peas are way too tall. Can peas be pinched back early in the season to shorten them and make them bush out with out affecting the yield? We are going to need a step ladder this year.

    PS thanks for the info' on the garden tours.

  2. Hey Donna.. Great to hear from you! Yep, peas can be pinched back early.. usually when they have 4 to 6 leaves, and they're pinched back to their first or 2nd set of leaves.. they will grow much bushier with a larger harvest.. BUT, they won't necessarily be shorter! The key to compact peas is to pick a compact variety - some only grow about 14-inches tall.. Next year try 'Little Marvel' or 'Sugar Ann Bush'.. I'd love to see a photo of you picking peas on a step ladder - a great photo for the book! :) just be careful! Talk soon..


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