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The Dirt from the Garden Centre...

Gardening tips, tricks, new plants and more...

DIY Landscaping

DIY Landscaping

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Red Ornamental Grasses in your garden.

Tips for Growing Ornamental Grasses

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Ornamental grasses are versatile plants in any landscape that can provide four seasons of interest. Graceful habits and heights, with varied textures and colours. They can be grown in planters or in the garden.
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Weigela (pronounced why-GEE-luh)

Weigela (pronounced why-GEE-luh)

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Do you have a word that no matter how often you spell it you still spell it wrong?  We do  - and one of those words that we are always adding a vowel to the end of it -  is the flowering shrub Weigela… And as it is one of our favourite shrubsyou think we would be able to get it right!
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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!

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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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To Trim, or Not To Trim... That is the Question...

To Trim, or Not To Trim... That is the Question...

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What summer pruning am I doing to help my shrubs,
and what pruning should I do or NOT do to encourage re-flowering.
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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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Your Garden in the Dog Days of Summer...

Your Garden in the Dog Days of Summer...

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Tips on Controlling Powdery Mildew in your Garden

Tips on Controlling Powdery Mildew in your Garden

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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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Clematis Tips and Tricks

Clematis Tips and Tricks

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Rhododendrons along a white picket fence

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

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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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Refreshing drinks for "Après Gardening" - using herbs from your garden

Refreshing drinks for "Après Gardening" - using herbs from your garden

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