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Cedar hedges are one of the best ways to enhance your garden views, add a buffer to a building or provide privacy for outdoor living. When planning to add a hedge to your property be sure to consider the type of cedar, in Central Canada the native White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis) is the go to choice for growing a healthy hedge. It is also important to take into consideration the optimal location of your new
Garden Tips, Instructional
Spring has finally arrived and the desire to fill up our outdoor containers with pops of colour and greenery is at a level 1000. After a long dreary winter, it is exciting to see things begin to grow again, albeit not fast enough! Here are tips for some cold hardy planters. Most can take a light frost, just keep in mind no plant enjoys long periods of freezing so if we get a long stretch

March 28, 2022

Garden Soil

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Soil is remarkably dynamic and incredibly diverse, made up of not only mineral matter, but organic matter, water and air as well. Soils in the Niagara Region are a mineral-rich mix of sand, gravel, loam and clay which at times can be challenging for home gardeners. While some parts of the region that are rich in loam are a gardener’s dream – those areas with heavy dense clay can be frustrating for even the most dedicated of
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December 1, 2021

Christmas Flora Steeped in Tradition

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  I often wonder about why certain plants become embedded in holiday traditions. Undoubtedly the most celebrated in our neck of the woods is the Christmas Season which has no shortage of plants woven into its celebrations. Why do we cut Christmas trees? Adorn our tables with Pointsettias or kiss beneath the Mistletoe? When did this start and who did it first? So with that, I was off, my fingers dancing their way through the
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November 12, 2021

Caring for a Fresh Cut Christmas Tree

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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, from the occasional needle in your sock to the need to water them they do require a little more effort than an artificial tree. We’d like to think there’s nothing better
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