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,...
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...
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...
Spring is here!!

Spring is here!!

Spring has finally arrived HALLEJULAH! It’s hard not to go tearing into the garden full boar and go totally nuts. Though it is important not to be trouncing around on the beds if they are too wet but there’s lots to be done. I thought it would be best to simply add on...
Spring Bulb Care

Spring Bulb Care

With any luck you are starting to see the telltale sign of little green leaves pushing their way through the surface of your garden. Assuming you planted some tulip, daffodil or crocus bulbs last fall it’a about the time for them to make their appearance. It has been...
Inviting Birds to your Garden

Inviting Birds to your Garden

As the winter season approaches (yes it’s coming) we will see our feathered will fly south but many will stay through the cold winter months. They will appreciate the occasional snack from a feeder placed strategically in your garden but just as important are other...
Veggie crops to plant now!

Veggie crops to plant now!

With all this heat and consistent sunshine many of the veggies in my garden are ready early. This is great except I’m blowing through my lettuce supply fairly quickly and I’ve come to the conclusion I’m going to need to start a new crop for some of the hardier early...

Proper Care of Popular Climbing Vines

The wild and unruly look of climbing vines adds a certain Secret Garden quality to any landscape. Despite their often unkempt appearance many of the popular vines you will see in store do require some basic care. To ensure a prolific plant here are some tips for the...
Attracting Beneficial Insects

Attracting Beneficial Insects

Insects get a lot of bad PR but there are all kinds of good bugs crawling around there. The key is attracting these good ones to assist in the organic enhancement of your garden. One of the first and most obvious ways to keep beneficial bugs in your garden is to avoid...
Dear Deer, STAY OUT!

Dear Deer, STAY OUT!

If your lucky enough to live on a country lot or nearby a naturalized conservation area, chances are you’ve come in contact with a deer or two. Bambi may be cute but like it’s woodland affiliate Thumper they can be downright destructive. Some plants are simply deer...
When Peonies Don’t Bloom

When Peonies Don’t Bloom

A classic staple in many traditional gardens, the faithful Peony is one of my absolute favourites. There are so many different varieties and the fragrance in bloom is absolutely intoxicating. But what happens when your plant is just a whole lot of green, all leaf and...

Landscape Lighting

You’ve completed your garden, and created an enviable outdoor oasis. It’s a shame that night ever comes, covering all your hardwork in a shroud of darkness. The solution to this is creative and specific outdoor lighting design. Illumination can accentuate and draw...

Is a Raised Bed the Best Choice for You?

I think I should preface this entry with a foreword regarding my belief that a raised vegetable garden is not necessarily a large low wooden structure. It can come in the form of an oversized planter, railing planter or even a hanging basket. There are many reasons to...
Succession Planting

Succession Planting

There are a few different methods of succession planting that can be employed in a home garden. It takes a bit of planning but will dramatically increase the yield. The first involves fully harvesting the first plant and then planting the next plant directly in its...