Drought Hardy Plants

Drought Hardy Plants

As the days get hotter you will likely find yourself spending more time watering your garden beds and plants. As you stand outside in the heat you might be thinking, there must be a better way! Lucky for you, there is as there are lots of beautiful drought tolerant...
Training Plants on a Trellis

Training Plants on a Trellis

A vertical garden is a great way to expand your foot print of growing space and allow you to expand your green space, whatever the size of your property. A trellis system for vegetables also makes them easier to harvest as well as prevents insects and other pests from...
Proper Care of Annuals

Proper Care of Annuals

Annual flowers are an ideal way to add a splash of colour to your garden all summer long as they will bloom throughout the season and are available in bright vibrant colours. In order to keep them blooming as much as possible, it is always important to choose the...
Starting a Vegetable Garden

Starting a Vegetable Garden

With rising food costs and a better understanding of the fact that eating the right food can better our health, there is no time than the present to start your own vegetable patch! It is an investment that will not only pay dividends in saving you money and eating...
Planting The Perfect Cedar Hedge!

Planting The Perfect Cedar Hedge!

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...
Spring Container Planting

Spring Container Planting

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...
Garden Soil

Garden Soil

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....
Christmas Flora Steeped in Tradition

Christmas Flora Steeped in Tradition

  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...
Caring for a Fresh Cut Christmas Tree

Caring for a Fresh Cut Christmas Tree

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,...
Bringing Outdoor Tropicals Inside for Winter

Bringing Outdoor Tropicals Inside for Winter

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...
Mid Summer Fertilizing

Mid Summer Fertilizing

Though it’s been relatively rain-filled this July, summer heat and other stressors can still take a toll on your garden and lawn. Everything has been growing like crazy and all this growth needs supportive nutrients. Fertilization of edibles, annuals, and grass will...
To Mulch or Not to Mulch?

To Mulch or Not to Mulch?

To mulch or not to mulch…. That is the question. Or maybe it isn’t, maybe you are thinking of adding decorative stone to your landscape. Each has its inherent strengths, so which one is right for your project? There are numerous benefits to applying mulch or rock in...
Maximize your Garden

Maximize your Garden

It’s Spring and we’re wildly dreaming of all our landscape opportunities, but today I come to you with one discussion topic; Maximizing your Landscape. Not everyone is blessed with acres of space and this means we need to work with what we have. So what do...
Proper Care of Roses

Proper Care of Roses

Roses, the poetic muse of many can be a delightful long flowering staple in any sunny garden bed. There are countless varieties of roses and depending on your type of soil and purpose in adding them to your garden there will be one that is just right. It’s best to...
Mulching for a Low Maintenance Landscape

Mulching for a Low Maintenance Landscape

Even the most fervent raking and cleaning will still leave behind the fallen leaves from last year’s planting. I must admit that rather than pick each branch and leaf, I often resort to a nice clean layer of mulch over my entire garden bed. It creates such a nice,...
Make your neighbours Green with Envy

Make your neighbours Green with Envy

Tip #1 Start with a Strong Foundation With all the upcoming rain in the forecast it’s a great time to add valuable soil and seed to the surface through overseeding. Rake thoroughly and aerate the lawn. Spread a thin layer of quality soil such as Scotts Lawn Soil...
Fall Garden Clean Up

Fall Garden Clean Up

It’s getting cold outside, the leaves went from barely changing colour to on the ground in what feels like days. It was positively warm last weekend then POOF frost expected this weekend! You can try to postpone it’s chilling effects to your crops by covering your...
Overseeding your Lawn

Overseeding your Lawn

Recent news suggests we may have more time at home again, and this information has us turning our thoughts to the oasis that is our own yard. If the summer months have left bare and patchy places on your lawn the time is nigh to correct this issue, ensuring a...
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