• Carrot seedlings- organic-raised bed

Short Growing Seasons and other gardening problems solved

For gardeners who live in areas where the time to grow crops is limited by the length of the growing season and other climatic conditions, these problems can seem insurmountable at times. I have lived and gardened in three different continents and I can pass on to you the knowledge I got from these experiences.

In the UK the problems were often a lack of sunlight, too much rain and soil that had too much clay. In Abu Dhabi, in the Middle East, the sun was too hot, there was a lack of available water and sandstorms tore the coverings off the greenhouses. Where I live in Canada the growing season is very short, only 100 days if we are lucky! On top of that we often have killing frosts in every month. The winters are so cold that the number of shrubs trees and flowers that are hardy here is quite limited.

This area of British Columbia is called the Cariboo. It was named by the prospectors and pioneers who came here in the late 1850’s in their search for gold. They were able to overcome the problems they encountered by adapting to the climate and conditions of their new home, by rolling up their sleeves and digging in. Those that did stayed on after the gold was gone and turned this wilderness into the beautiful and inviting place that attracts visitors from all over the world. Some of those visitiors stay here permanently as well. Hence the name Cariboo Gardener!

In all those places, that I mentioned above, all of these problems were solved, often by trial and error, and really good nutritious crops were grown. If you have similar conditions then I am sure that you will be able to overcome them too. You too will become a Cariboo Gardener, and enjoy every minute you spend in your garden.