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Digging and storing 'tender' bulbs over the winter

Digging and storing 'tender' bulbs over the winter

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Those beautiful tropical blooms look amazing in the garden, but they are not fans of our long, cold winters here in southern Ontario. If you want those blooms to come back next year, you’ll have to do a bit of work, but it’s sooo worth it. Use this technique with bulbs that aren’t winter-hardy in our zone, like Canna lilies, Gladiolus, Calla Lily, tuberous begonias, and more.
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Summer'scape Your Yard: If the pros can do it, so can we!

Summer'scape Your Yard: If the pros can do it, so can we!

3 min read

There are a few things that are different about summer plantings.  The most important is that we are working with living plant material that is actively growing – so we need to be aware of the soil / root zone and take a few extra steps...
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How Much Should You Be Watering Your Garden?

How Much Should You Be Watering Your Garden?

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We have heard folks talk about ‘an inch of water a week’… Which is in many cases, not the right amount.  Sigh. So – let's start with the ‘what the heck is an ‘inch’ of water?’… Rainfall is measured in cm in most countries, or inches in that largish country just a wee bit south of us.

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Ode to deadheading…. It's that time of year!

Ode to deadheading…. It's that time of year!

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Rhododendrons along a white picket fence

Rhododendrons and Azaleas - Tips to have them flourish in your garden

3 min read

Rhododendrons and Azaleas both need winter protection in Ontario gardens as they are evergreen and hold their leaves all winter. Their leaves are a bit delicate and subject to burn in winter plus they set their flower buds in the fall, so we have to keep those buds alive. If that is not enough Rhododendrons and Azaleas also have some picky nutrition and watering needs.  Not impossible – but just a little different than the rest of the garden. 
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Patio Veggies - Look Ma! No weeding

Patio Veggies - Look Ma! No weeding

3 min read

We really like to have some patio pots of veggies around the deck. Veggies add to the overall feel of summer and make a nice compliment to the flowers that occupy most of our patio pots.  For those with balcony gardens you know that container veggies are the only way to get super-fresh, homegrown flavour.
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Soil and Organic Matter – the Why and the How

Soil and Organic Matter – the Why and the How

3 min read

So, to make the roots happy, we like to have a nice ‘loose’ soil versus a rock-hard soil.  The best way to loosen up soil is to add organic matter.
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