Why fall is a great time to plant

Why fall is a great time to plant

As Canadians we get really excited come spring time. After a long cold winter we want to get our hands in the ground and start planting like mad people, filling our gardens with any colour we can get our hands on. Oddly this could be considered counterproductive as...
Butterfly vs Moth – The Showdown

Butterfly vs Moth – The Showdown

First of all let’s start with the primary differences between moths & butterflies and then we can chat about why we heavily favour the latter. Anatomy Butterfly wings fold vertically up over their backs, moths make a little ten to cover their bellies. Colour is...
Why an Organic Fertilizer is Important

Why an Organic Fertilizer is Important

We often tout the reasons why its important to grow and eat organic foods, and how an organic fertilizer will ensure a pesticide and chemical free crop. But what are the other reasons you’d want to go organic from the ground up? Specifically, organic isn’t just good...
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...
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...
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....
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...
Preparing a Vegetable Garden

Preparing a Vegetable Garden

With growing concerns regarding GMO’s and pesticides it’s no surprise more people are looking for ways to grow more of their own food at home. This can be fairly easily achieved with a little elbow grease and some basic gardening know-how. Location,...
Growing Strawberries in a Pot

Growing Strawberries in a Pot

With the move towards town home and condo living space is coming at more of a premium these days, fortunately growing your own delicious fruits and veggies need not be compromised.  Many plants do very well in containers and one of those is Strawberries. Growing them...
Dormant Oil and Lime Sulphur

Dormant Oil and Lime Sulphur

I often consider this combination to be the first line of defense against a season full of pests. I use it throughout my garden on fruit trees, flowering ornamental trees & roses. These are the plants most suited for a Dormant Oil treatment though its unlikely to...
How Gardening Makes the Earth a Better Place

How Gardening Makes the Earth a Better Place

Improve air quality Photosynthesis is a natural process for plants where they take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Like mini filtration systems each plant does it’s part to improve the surrounding air. Reducing Carbon Footprint Carbon footprint is caused...
Spring Bulb – Summer Flower

Spring Bulb – Summer Flower

I love a natural looking garden full of colour, and spring bulbs, tubers and roots deliver on both in spades. For any green green thumbs we should mention that Spring Bulbs are planted in spring and flower in the summer and fall. Spring flowering plants like Tulips,...
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,...
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...
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...