Burnett: Snowfall is welcome for gardeners on the valley bottom

Winter brings its own benefits says our gardening columnist.

Here we are again at the beginning of another year, with so many things we should be thankful for starting with how fortunate we are to live in the Okanagan.

While it is truly one of the most  beautiful places in the world, even here in paradise we are exposed to various insidious flu bugs which can infect even the healthiest of people.

I for one have spent the first full week of 2013 flat on my back in bed with a bug that has rendered me useless.

Now that I am back at my computer writing this column, I am beginning to come back to the land of the living.

I’m pleased to see the snowfall finally coming to the valley bottom, which will be welcomed by the plants which saw little natural moisture all summer and well into fall last year.

Take advantage of this and transfer some of it into dry areas under eaves and tree canopies.

Care should be given not to use the snow where there could be ice remover as this could contaminate the soil.


This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the Radio Garden Show we do every Saturday morning on AM1150.

Ken Salvail and I are honoured to bring our collective gardening expertise to the airwaves each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and look forward to our anniversary year with enthusiasm.

The show began on April 1, 1983, and it ran for an hour each Saturday morning hosted by myself and periodically my brother Al and my dad took the helm.

It was soon extended to an hour-and-a-half and within a couple of years it became the two hour format it is now.

In January 1994, we moved over to CKIQ, the precursor to AM1150 and have been here ever since.

When you think about it, I have spent almost half my life doing this show and missed only a handful of about 1,400 Saturdays. We are planning a celebration around the anniversary date this year so stay tuned.


We only have a few seats left on the bus for the trip to Seattle to attend the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.

I’m excited to say my buddy Ken Salvail and his wife Wendy are going to be with us this year.

If you want to join us give Sunwest Tours a call at 250-765-9016 to book.


Driving around town Tuesday morning, I couldn’t help enjoying the beauty of the new fallen snow.

It reminded me of an old poem my mom read to me many years ago:

Their grass was always greener

Their flowers put on airs

The veggies from their garden

Took ribbons at the fairs

But now’s the time when our yard,

Favourably compares

It’s just as nicely mantled

With snow as white as theirs.

Happy New Year everyone and may this be the best gardening year ever for you.