The History of Valentine’s Day

The History of Valentine’s Day

I’ve often wondered about the history behind certain holidays and Valentine’s Day is no exception. In the spirit of the season let’s review the history of this amorous occasion. Legend says that it originated in third century Rome, when the Emperor of the era decided...
Proper Care of a Real Christmas Tree

Proper Care of a Real Christmas Tree

So you’ve made the choice to purchase a real christmas tree. They are truly a great option and really inspire a feeling of Christmas with their fresh crisp scent filling the air in your home, and their needles filling your socks! Well the last part can be a not so...
Building an Evergreen Wreath

Building an Evergreen Wreath

There are a lot of different wreath forms you can use as the base of your wreath. It really depends on the actual type of look you are going for. A styrofoam wreath form is well suited to plastic or silk flowers or wreaths where you are gluing the media to the base,...
Lawn Grubs and Nematodes

Lawn Grubs and Nematodes

With the constant wet weather this season most lawns appear a healthy, gorgeous green. Except wait, what’s that? Large brown patches of dead wilting grass are beginning to appear!! Chances are you have grubs. These voracious larvae are the enemy of lawn enthusiasts...
What’s Bugging You? Potato Beetles

What’s Bugging You? Potato Beetles

Potato Beetles are garden killers, both the adult and larval forms chew leaves and can completely defoliate an entire crop.  Not discerning, potato beetles will enjoy other plants in your garden including tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. The adults are about 1/3″...
What’s Bugging You? Wasps!

What’s Bugging You? Wasps!

Have you seen them? They’re everywhere, buzzing about, getting into your picnic, generally just being a nuisance. WASPS!! Ugh, being allergic I’m especially adverse to these winged bugs and unlike our friend the honeybee who is naturally a pollinator,...
What’s Bugging You? Japanese Beetles

What’s Bugging You? Japanese Beetles

Lace is lovely, unless of course it’s the lacy remains of what was once a full green leaf. These skeletal remains are the tell tale sign of a common garden pest – Japanese beetles, and boy are they bad this year. First they will damage your grass as...
What’s Bugging You? Blossom End Rot

What’s Bugging You? Blossom End Rot

A dark sunken or water-soaked spot at the bottom of a tomato is the classic symptom of blossom-end rot. This relatively common garden problem has been especially prevalent this year. The problem itself is is not a disease, but a calcium deficiency within the plant. It...
Lawn Care & Spot Repair

Lawn Care & Spot Repair

This week we’re going to talk about lawn repair. It’s been damp this spring and the weeds are in full effect so weed control may have left empty patches in your lawn, or perhaps you have a pooch leaving his mark, or maybe the neighbour’s...
What’s Bugging You? Black spot on Roses

What’s Bugging You? Black spot on Roses

Black Spot on Roses It’s likely one of the most common blights of rose gardeners everywhere, black spot is the fungus that just keeps coming back. It loves hot, humid/wet conditions (sound like this year or what?) so it’s beginning to pop up on leaves...
What’s Bugging You? European Sawfly

What’s Bugging You? European Sawfly

We think of evergreens as sort of indestructible, but there’s a evil presence lurking among the pine needles. The European Sawfly, and frankly they kind of make our skin crawl. They’ve been especially nefarious this season with their pupating bodies...
Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches

Have you finished planting your garden but the feeling of incompleteness permeates your time in the space? You may need what we consider a “finishing touch” item. There are many ways to add these touches to your garden, whether it is adding a pop of colour or...
Father’s Day Activities

Father’s Day Activities

We all know that the best gift you can give Dad is the gift of time spent together. Here are some great ideas for fun activities this Father’s Day. Go fishing What dad doesn’t love to fish? We’re blessed to be so close to Lake Ontario, a lake with a...
Dealing with too Much Rain – Tip

Dealing with too Much Rain – Tip

Dealing with too much Rain From last year’s Sahara-like conditions this season has proven worthy of an arc. It has certainly given many plants an initial boost but the continued moisture can cause real problems for your plants. Over saturated soil becomes...
Attract Birds & Butterflies

Attract Birds & Butterflies

One of the amazing things about having a garden is that you are bringing life into a landscape. Beyond plant life you can bring wildlife with your floral choices, including the always colourful humming birds and butterflies. Here are some of our favourite plant...
Small Space Gardening

Small Space Gardening

Do you live in a townhome or condo? Dreaming of a garden all your own? Don’t despair there are options for even the smallest spaces. Micro-gardening is actually a growing (ha ha) trend. Vertical Garden Add greenery with a garden tower. These nifty planters have...
Proper Planting Techniques

Proper Planting Techniques

One of the number one killers of flowers, trees and shrubs is improper planting technique. It’s unfortunate as the plant never has an opportunity to thrive, making it more susceptible to pests and disease. A few standard techniques should help your new addition...
Mother’s Day Activities

Mother’s Day Activities

Are you looking to do something different this Mother’s Day? Forget breakfast in bed and try one of this unique activities: Arrange a family Lip Sync Battle – Crank the tunes and take turns serenading mom with a favourite song. The memories (and video)...