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...
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...

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...

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...
Standards in you Garden

Standards in you Garden

We’re not talking about your garden holding esteem, we’re referring to the fabulous eye catching group of plants known as standards. Often referred to as balls-on sticks they are truly SO much more. A standard “tree” can be a number of different varieties it all comes...

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...