Why is May 24 NOT on the 24th?

Why is May 24 NOT on the 24th?

It seems strange that each year we look forward to a holiday coined May 2-4, that rarely occurs on the 24th. It’s never late, but always early and this got me wondering….WHY? Time for bit of a Her-story Lesson. This holiday is properly known as Victoria Day (not May...
Make your neighbours Green with Envy

Make your neighbours Green with Envy

Tip #1 Start with a Strong Foundation Most lawns are already established but its not to late to add valuable soil and seed to the surface through overseeding. Rake thoroughly and aerate the lawn. Spread a thin layer of quality soil such as Scotts Lawn Soil and then a...
Easter Symbols and their Origin

Easter Symbols and their Origin

It’s one of the most cherished of Easter traditions, painting and the hiding of Easter Eggs. These “magical” eggs hidden of course by yet another prominent symbol of the season, the Easter Bunny. Though you won’t find them in the Bible these symbols have been...
What is Sea Compost and why should YOU be using it?

What is Sea Compost and why should YOU be using it?

Are you flexing your organic gardening muscle this year? Like many you will want an organic option to fertilize and re-mediate poor soil conditions without having to add harsh chemical fertilizers. Sea Compost is a great option, because it contains shrimp it will...

UPDATE: New Location is a GO!

As Ridgeview begins 2019 we reflect on the momentous changes that have happened in the past 12 months and look forward to our growth in the coming year.  As many of you know this past season marked the beginning of our store moving strategy, accompanied by a full-term...
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 Poinsettia Pampering

Proper Poinsettia Pampering

Poinsettia’s are undoubtedly one of the most popular holiday plants with thousands finding their way home over the month of December. It’s tragic when these Christmas Blooms don’t survive until the New Year so here’s a few tips to keep them fresh and green into 2019...
Caring for a Fresh Cut Christmas Tree

Caring for a Fresh Cut Christmas Tree

There’s nothing that says Christmas more than the heady aroma of a fresh cut Balsam or Fir. These seasonal emblems are so surrounded in holiday tradition that fresh cut trees for Christmas date back to the 16th century. They are not without challenges though,...
7 Tips & Tricks For a Safe Halloween

7 Tips & Tricks For a Safe Halloween

TIP #1: PLAN A ROUTE IN ADVANCE – KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD AND ENSURE YOU CAN EASILY CIRCLE BACK HOME IF SOMEONE GETS TIRED TIP #2:  WEAR REFLECTIVE CLOTHING – A PIECE OF REFLECTIVE TAPE GOES A LONG WAY TIP #3: WEAR COMFY SHOES – NO HEELS! TIP #4:...
Dividing Perennials in Autumn

Dividing Perennials in Autumn

A close friend is moving this fall, away from her cherished gardens. The new home has established beds, however is certainly lacking in comparison from whence she came. All things considered the move has come at an opportune time from the perspective that several of...
Daffodils & Deer Resistance

Daffodils & Deer Resistance

One thing that always comes to mind with the recent flash of cooler weather is Spring! Wait, what?? Am I skipping winter? Mentally yes, I love fall, but winter…. not so much. The nicest thing about winter is that it leads to Spring. The first colours in Spring...
Bringing butterflies to your garden 

Bringing butterflies to your garden 

With Monarch butterflies nearing the endangered species list it’s so important to help these valuable pollinators find a safe haven. Besides their obvious beauty butterflies hold an important place in our ecosystem so let’s discuss some great ways to bring...
The history of Japanese Maples

The history of Japanese Maples

One of our all-time-favourite landscape staples, the Japanese Maple has a long and storied history. With all season interest and spectacular fall colour the Acer palmatum never fails to impress. The delicate leaves are intricately serrated and have an almost jagged...
Tomato Cages or Stakes?

Tomato Cages or Stakes?

So this year I’ve decided to try staking my tomatoes vs. cages. Mostly because I saw a staked tomato garden and it was so trim and tidy, I nearly wept. It appealed to my inner minimalist. I also saw the benefit of extra air space in my already crowded garden....
Deterring Skunks & Racoons

Deterring Skunks & Racoons

Personally I think skunks and racoons are pretty cute. I am less than fond of them however when they are ripping up my lawn. Considering my previously mentioned affinity you can appreciate why I’d rather not posion them. Here are some tips that will still work...
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...
Slug Control

Slug Control

It’s hard to believe my garden is already suffering slug damage, but alas it is so. The Hostas are always the first to show their battles scars but I know further chewed leaf damage is imminent if certain preventative measures are not taken. Here are a few of my...
June Garden to-do’s

June Garden to-do’s

June is just around the corner and with that brings a whole new set of responsibilities in the Garden. Don’t get me wrong, it’s likely my favourite month, but except for harvest season I find it the busiest. So far the recent weather has done spectacular things for my...