Building an Evergreen Wreath

Building an Evergreen Wreath

There are a lot of different wreath forms you can use as the base of your wreath. It really depends on the actual type of look you are going for. A styrofoam wreath form is well suited to plastic or silk flowers or wreaths where you are gluing the media to the base,...
What’s Bugging You? Blossom End Rot

What’s Bugging You? Blossom End Rot

A dark sunken or water-soaked spot at the bottom of a tomato is the classic symptom of blossom-end rot. This relatively common garden problem has been especially prevalent this year. The problem itself is is not a disease, but a calcium deficiency within the plant. It...
Lawn Care & Spot Repair

Lawn Care & Spot Repair

This week we’re going to talk about lawn repair. It’s been damp this spring and the weeds are in full effect so weed control may have left empty patches in your lawn, or perhaps you have a pooch leaving his mark, or maybe the neighbour’s...
What’s Bugging You? European Sawfly

What’s Bugging You? European Sawfly

We think of evergreens as sort of indestructible, but there’s a evil presence lurking among the pine needles. The European Sawfly, and frankly they kind of make our skin crawl. They’ve been especially nefarious this season with their pupating bodies...
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...
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...
Proper Planting Techniques

Proper Planting Techniques

One of the number one killers of flowers, trees and shrubs is improper planting technique. It’s unfortunate as the plant never has an opportunity to thrive, making it more susceptible to pests and disease. A few standard techniques should help your new addition...
Mother’s Day Activities

Mother’s Day Activities

Are you looking to do something different this Mother’s Day? Forget breakfast in bed and try one of this unique activities: Arrange a family Lip Sync Battle – Crank the tunes and take turns serenading mom with a favourite song. The memories (and video)...
Creating a Meditation Garden

Creating a Meditation Garden

Meditation has been proven to improve quality of life so it only makes sense to do so amidst the other life improving past time of gardening.  In fact it is said that Meditation can Reduce stress Improve concentration Increase self-awareness Increase happiness Slows...
Adding Spring Interest

Adding Spring Interest

It’s finally time to start seeing some colour in the garden! Early this time of year if you planted bulbs last fall you’ll begin to see them emerging from the soil. But if you didn’t plan ahead last year and are still craving some spring interest all...
Easter and Your Pets

Easter and Your Pets

It’s a cruel trick of nature that some of the most beautiful, colorful springtime plants pose a deadly temptation to the four-legged members of your family. Some pets will leave house plants alone and others are quick to munch on leaves. In the case of cats there are...
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...
Building a Grape Vine Wreath

Building a Grape Vine Wreath

This time of year always gets my crafty side twitching. With so many holiday decor items to create, the level of exterior and interior decoration is really unmatched by any other season. One of my favourite things to create are Holiday Wreaths. Often I will use all...
Find Me Where the Wild Things Are

Find Me Where the Wild Things Are

It’s a line out of a great book and a mantra that many practice in their gardens. Wildlife Gardening is a term that refers to the creation of an environment by a gardener that serves as a sustainable habitat for native wildlife. This could include plants, birds,...
Things to do in your Fall Garden

Things to do in your Fall Garden

It seems the weather has finally turned. Fall arrived last week and with it comes the welcome cooler temperatures and fresh air. I love this time of year, bright clear skies, pumpkin lattes and comfy cozy sweaters. It’s also a bittersweet time as I begin to the...
Planting Garlic

Planting Garlic

Fall is traditionally the time to plant garlic in our region. As part of the allium family (like Onions) garlic is sensitive to the length of daylight periods, so it does it’s best growing during the long days of summer. By planting in the Fall you provide the plant a...
Blossom End Rot

Blossom End Rot

A dark sunken or water-soaked spot at the bottom of a tomato is the classic symptom of blossom-end rot. This relatively common garden problem has been especially prevalent this year. The problem itself is is not a disease, but a calcium deficiency within the plant. It...
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...