Applying compost, manure, or straw has many benefits for vegetable production, BUT may also introduce weeds. Check out this podcast to learn ways to minimize the number of weed seeds.
Newsletter from Halton Master Gardener with 3 good articles: To-Do List for November, Adding Biodiversity to our Gardens, and Plan for Bees in our Gardens
London Environmental Network and London Public Libraries are offering free talks each Tuesday to engage us in what’s happening with our local environment that’s so important to us all. Come out to learn more!
You’ll want to register soon for this popular workshop. Create your own beautiful table centrepiece to enjoy over the season!
Garden Club of London is hosting their annual Christmas boutique on Saturday November 17th!
Come to LEARN and SHOP! This event is well-known for its reputation of inspiring a passion for gardening each Spring! Great vendors and educational exhibits, talks throughout the day, seeds and garden supplies to get you going for the season and yummy food on site so you can make a day of it.
Garden magazines and their online newsletters are my favourite things to read, especially on a cold dreary day with snow in the forecast!
There are lots of great how-to and inspirational garden videos online. This will be a collection of some of the best we've seen.
What should I do for my newly planted evergreen to give it the best possible chance of survival over the winter?
Lots of good reasons NOT to do fall cleanup in our gardens. We are doing more harm than good.
The Ontario Horticultural Society is creating YouTube videos with something for every gardener. Here's one example - a step by step creation of an outdoor fall container.
When should I prune my tree and how do I develop its shape properly? The right timing and approach is important!
Check out the long list of Doors Open sites in London! Wow so many places to see in our great city that usually aren’t accessible. Doors Open London will be very fun and educational! History comes alive in London Get an inside look at London’s many museums, heritage sites, and community organizations and see history...
Sadly our sultry southern Ontario weather is on its way out and you know what that means! Yes there’s a possibility of frost any day now. I’ve just seen the first frost advisory for central Ontario so it’s time to bring in the houseplants that have been happily enjoying the back deck. Click here for frost dates...
Garlic is quite easy to grow and yummy to enjoy. The time to plant garlic is fall. Here’s how! Canadian icon Mark Cullen shares this advice on how to plant garlic: Garlic is a counter-intuitive crop. Plant in the fall, harvest scapes in early summer and bulbs in late summer. Enjoy this How-To! Start by...
Ontario Invasive Plant Council offers loads of information about invasives such as phragmites, various aquatics, japanese knotweed and more. Learn "What to Grow Instead?". Check out their upcoming events.
The Western Fair will bring London over 50 rides, fair food, animals, entertainment, concerts, and booths. Stop by to ask garden-related questions from the London Middlesex Master Gardeners. See you at the fair!
Join the Friends of London Civic Gardens for their annual fall plant sale on Sept 15th. This year they're also participating in Doors Open so you can peek behind the scenes and enjoy a tour as well. Lots of great plants available for purchase!
Would you like to become a Master Gardener? It's fun and rewarding! London Middlesex Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who provide unbiased advice and expertise to encourage successful and sustainable horticultural practices for home gardeners.
Canada's first elevated park, 30 feet wide and 850 feet long, is being redeveloped as a park with flower beds, trees, benches, public art and a trail for walking, running and biking. A great place to wander, sit, walk the dog, take photos, host art shows or busker festivals.
What's wrong with my tomatoes? Most of the leaves are dying and the actual tomatoes are turning brown then going soft and rotting. What is the problem and what can I do about it?
In celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, 150 gardens and garden experiences across the country were selected to receive the ‘Canada 150 Garden Experience’ designation – highlighting Whistling Gardens as one of 150 garden ways to celebrate Canada’s birthday year.
Ontario's newest botanical garden near Frankford has six acres of unique garden displays with extraordinary plant combinations. Each garden offers interesting insight to the world of plants. Connect with nature, learn about horticulture, or journey through the gardens at your own pace.
The London Environmental Network helps protect our environment and build a sustainable community by doing everything we can to help our member organizations deliver on each of their own important missions. Get more information here about members and events.
Plants with yellow leaves and green veins may indicate a problem called Iron Chlorosis. Check out an article from the Missouri Botanical Garden that outlines root causes and treatment!
Wild parsnip spreads quickly as its seeds are easily dispersed. Like giant hogweed, it produces sap containing chemicals that can cause human skin to react to sunlight, resulting in intense burns, rashes or blisters. Learn how to identify this plant and deal with it.
The Arboretum, University of Guelph, has 400 acres of plant collections, gardens, walking trails, natural woodlands, wetlands, and meadows. It is home to more than 2000 different taxa of woody plants, Adjacent to the university's main campus, The Arboretum is free to the public and open dawn until dusk - Visitors are very welcome!
Reduce your costs. Don't waste a precious resource. Stop dragging garden hoses around for hours every few days. Here are some steps we recommend to conserve water and still have a great lawn and garden!
Organic matter and compost are the best ways to amend soil, however, if fertilization is your choice, make sure you use the right amount, of the right type at the right time!
Your lawn will have some different requirements, depending on the size, composition, and another factors but here are six basics that every lawn needs. Thanks Nick for sharing your blog!
Whatever our reasons to save seeds, here's a great article that will help you know what to save (Hint - not hybrid seeds as they won't breed 'true'). Most importantly we want to be sure we do it the right way so our carefully saved seeds will germinate! Read more here about when and how to save seeds.
Gardening is an activity for all ages and abilities. It can have a wide positive impact on a family such as improving diets, providing positive family time together, encouraging exercise, reducing stress and more.
The A.M. (Mac) Cuddy Gardens, owned by Fanshawe College and managed by the Horticulture Program, feature one of the largest collections of plants in Ontario. Over two thousand species are displayed
To prevent the further spread and introduction of this unwanted invader in the province, Ontario has regulated Japanese knotweed as restricted under the Invasive Species Act. Find out more about how to identify and manage this invasive bully.
Garlic Mustard has rapidly become one of the most invasive plants we've ever seen in Ontario. It spreads aggressively by seed so the time to deal with it is in spring before more seed is distributed!
Check out the Best management Practices with great information about how to control this invasive plant.
Peonies are considered by many gardeners to be the most beautiful shrubs in the garden. Does yours seem to be in trouble? Find out more about peony diseases and what to do about them.
Thames Talbot Land Trust (TTLT) will once again be selling a wide range of native wildflowers that not only look great in your garden, but will also provide a great food source for pollinating insects and birds! Come on out to visit, grab some native plants for your garden and support TTLT at the same time!
Calling all gardeners! Bring in your extra cuttings, bulbs, seeds and plants to exchange with other gardeners. Please ensure all are well-labelled. Master Gardeners will be available in most locations to answer gardening questions and help identify and select the right plant for your garden.
This year, the London Clean & Green Community Cleanup Day is scheduled for Saturday April 21st, mark your calendars London! Get out in your neighbourhood between 9am - 12 noon, pick-up litter, remove graffiti, plant a tree. Check the website and let the event organizers know on the map where you will be cleaning up and if you'll need the garbage collected on Saturday April 21st. Need Supplies? Pick up garbage bags & disposable gloves before your cleanup at City Hall, 8th floor, Monday to Friday between 8:30am - 4:30pm.
Celebrate London’s natural heritage and the 25th anniversary of Earth Day London with a free family event from 11 am to 3 pm at St. Julien Park, brought to you by Earth Day London and Trails Open London.
Guided greenhouse tour, wagon rides, hiking tour at 2pm, vendors, exhibits and more!
This is the annual spring plant sale and compost sale that many in the London area wait for! Come out to buy flowers for beds and containers, veggies, herbs, perennials and small shrubs. Don't forget to also get some compost to help everything get off to a great start.
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Star Temple 800 Fanshawe Park Road E
Since herbicides came off the market in Ontario in 2009, many homeowners puzzle over the right strategy to keep their lawns healthy. Fear not! All the turf management tools you need follow and proper lawn care techniques, done at the right time, can make your lawn greener than it's ever been!
Here's where you'll find terrific garden tips and resources from recent Seedy Saturdays such as quick links to exhibitors and garden catalogs, handouts from various talks, even recipes!
The show boasts over 270 exhibitors in over 100,000 square feet of show space alongside industry experts in home, outdoor, décor, interiors, exteriors and more!
Native plant or native cultivar? What we buy at local nurseries often are “nativars”- a cultivar, or selection, of a native plant. Read or listen to a podcast by Dr Doug Tallamy explaining the significant ecological implications to this choice.
Ignore all the ads for grub control in spring. It's just about the least effective time to try to control grubs, insects then so close to maturity that they're next to impossible to reach and kill. Baby grubs, that's what we should go after.
Winter is a terrific time to read and explore plant choices. Here are TEN TIPS for creating a year-round sunny border PLUS a handy list of plants you might choose! Start making your list and in no time you’ll be ready for spring.
Check out a recent podcast series offered by Joe Gardener that features one of our trusted gardening advisors - Linda Chalker-Scott. She answers Joe's questions about dozens of garden tips - are they fact or myth?
Here's a great offer - a free series of webinars to learn more about the invasives threatening our native landscapes and native species, our cropland, wetlands and gardens. Check this out for more information or to register for any of these free webinars.
A six-part series of illustrated talks. Nature in the City...Free & Family Friendly!
London Central Library - Wolf Performance Hall
Can I prune my hydrangea bush now or should I wait until spring? First it's important to know if its the type of hydrangea that blooms on new wood or old.
Join us for two informative and fun nights at the Central Library on Monday Feb 26 and Monday March 5. Explore the interesting and often bizarre world of Gardening Myths and Legends. Discover tips and tricks to make the most of every Square Foot of garden space you have.
London Chapter of Landscape Ontario is hosting a plant symposium which includes 4 speakers for $25.
Course is now FULL. 8 weeks of classroom instruction and hands-on workshops covering everything from soil preparation and seed selection to planting, maintaining, harvesting and preserving. Focus is on gardens you can EAT as well as colourful and helpful companion flowers.
The London Middlesex Master Gardeners are hosting a workshop in October and this year we are Going Native! The full day session, offered at the price of only $60, will be of interest to any level of gardener interested in learning the many benefits of native and sustainable gardening practices. For Master gardeners this event will qualify for 6 CEU's. Hope you will join us!
The Hawk Cliff Weekends is a free outdoor event taking place on September 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th from 11am-3:30pm each day. Come out and celebrate the amazing fall migration in a beautiful setting at Hawk Cliff Woods.
ReForest London is excited to invite you to our first ever Forest Festival in Harris Park on Saturday, August 19th! From 11 am to 3 pm, this family-oriented event is all about celebrating trees, forests, and our identity as the Forest City! A BBQ picnic from Growing Chefs will be offered by donation to the first 500 attendees, where every dish includes an ingredient grown from a tree!
For those gardeners who have smart mobile devices, there's a massive amount of information now available to you 'on the go'. This can be particularly helpful when trying to identify plants, pests or weeds.
Here are a few links to applications to get you started. Do your research to find the best and least expensive options. Most apps have been tested and reviewed or rated by other gardeners so that's a good place to start.
Here's a summary of events and garden tours in Ontario courtesy of the Ontario Horticultural Society. Lots of great outdoor activity to enjoy this summer!
The Master Gardeners of Ontario launched a search for a Canadian flower that appears in every province and territory, and is not already a provincial or territorial emblem. You voted for Bunchberry. Our petition to have it adopted as our national flower was rejected, however, we can certainly recommend this little gem as a great plant to grow in gardens across the country.
Rain Gardens are an excellent way to use rain water for our own plants and avoid runoff. Learn about the basics - it's easier than you'd think!
Spring is in the air and it's time to plan, buy seeds and do a few tasks that will get us ready for a great growing season. Here's a checklist of spring tasks and links to great sites for more ideas. Are your green fingers and thumbs just twitching with anticipation? Ours are!
Here's some advice for choosing plants that are more resistant to these cute but destructive nibblers.
Japanese Beetles are most active from July to early September. These voracious little pests damage many species of plants. Let's understand the life cycle and options to help control this beetle and reduce the damage in the garden.
Help Please - my garden needs a makeover. It is full of invasive plants, is now too big and too much work for me and is so heavily shaded by the trees that my sun-loving plants are desperate. Where do I start?
My roses are covered in spots, the leaves are turning yellow and dropping rapidly. I know it's Black Spot but what am I doing wrong and how do I help my beautiful roses?
What do I plant around my waterfall to help it look more natural?
Interested in reading a regular garden blog to learn about a wide variety of garden issues? Here are a few we've found so far that seem to be appropriate for our zone.
What plant should I grow where? What plant is this in my garden? What types of plants grow well in shade or in certain soils? What bug is that? Why are my vegetables not thriving? All these questions and more can often be answered by searching a reputable plant database. We suggest you try one of these
There are many great associations and not for profit groups concerned about wildlife, invasive species, protecting forests, advancing the cause of nature. Here are some links to great sites
Want to join a group to learn more about gardening, get involved in community garden projects, learn about floral design or simply benefit from the camaraderie of talking about gardening with other enthusiasts? If so, a horticultural society or garden club might be for you. Here are some local groups
Many universities across Canada and the USA offer courses for master gardeners and are excellent resources of unbiased information that has been well researched. The northern USA sites typically offer lots of free information for agricultural uses and home gardens and their information is often geared to the same zones as we encounter in our Ontario gardens.
Agriculture and Ecology are important to all levels of government. Here are a few links to sites with loads of well researched information about growing crops, protecting the environment and conserving natural resources.
Pollination is not just fascinating natural history. It is an essential ecological function. Without pollinators, the human race and our ecosystems would not survive.
Seed packages usually identify how many weeks ahead of average last frost date to start the seeds. Count back from that frost date for each type of seed. Start hardening off for 1-2 weeks after this date and keep a close eye on the night temperatures. May 24 is a safer date for actually planting out.
Which plants will regrow from your kitchen scraps? Check out our list. What are the top tips to encourage scrap growth? Have a look at these suggestions.
Most homeowners treasure the trees on their property but know little about how to care for them. Much of what we have heard about tree care is actually incorrect, based on myths and misconceptions.
Horticultural oil is an ideal remedy to deter overwintering pests. The best time to apply it to woody plants and shrubs is before the buds break and leaves open but you also want the little pests to be active, not hiding, so wait until temperatures warm up to above zero for at least 24 hours.
London Middlesex Master Gardeners are a non-profit group of volunteers operating locally since 1985. Our mandate is to provide unbiased gardening advice and expertise to encourage successful and sustainable horticultural practices for home gardeners.