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Thompson Okanagan gardeners gets a slower start to their vegetable gardens

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July 05, 2020 - 6:00 AM

The rainy weather is creating a slow start to vegetable gardens so it may be a good time to plant some crops that like the cool temperatures.

With the cooler weather, gardeners may get two chances to harvest crops like lettuce, peas and arugula this summer, said Judy Villeneuve, with the Kamloops Garden Club.

“I find the vegetable gardens are slower than they should be in Kamloops but personally I like the colder weather because I’ve neglected my garden, so I’ve had this extended cool weather, to buy plants and root plants so I prefer having cooler weather,” she said. "The only thing to worry about is if we get really strong, hot weather."

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Lettuces, spinach, swiss chard and basil can be planted now with cooler weather, Villeneuve said.

“The perennial gardens are loving this weather,” said Kathleen Ott co-president of the Vernon & District Club.

“One of our members just lives around the corner and she planted her lettuce and it exploded,” she said. “So she will probably have multiple plantings this year."

Her vegetable garden is also growing slowly this year, “they’re still waiting for some heat,” she said.

On her farm in Lavington, the black currents haven’t been ripening as quickly, they're about a week behind their regular season.

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Gardening expert and Kamloops resident Darren Broadfoot said that it's important for new gardeners to know the difference between cold season plants and warm-season plants.


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