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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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October 14, 2021

Bringing Outdoor Tropicals Inside for Winter

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The season is upon us when it is time to move any outdoor tropical plants indoors for winter. Bringing plants inside for winter isn’t as easy as simply moving pots from one place to another; there are several steps when acclimating plants from outdoors to indoors to prevent sending your plant into shock. One of the most common issues plants have when coming indoors is bringing unwanted pests with them. Check your plants thoroughly for
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September 17, 2021

Fall planting – Spring flowers

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Each spring some of the first showings of colour come from bulbs planted in the fall. A little planning in this case goes a long way. Some bulbs can be forced in the spring but really it’s taking the hard road to a result that can be achieved with very little effort. Hardy bulbs like, crocus, tulips, hyacinth, and daffodils are all great to plant at this time of year so they can get settled
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