Horticultural Articles

Go Native!

Southern Ontario sits in the Carolinian life zone and is one of North America’s most vibrant, but fragile ecoregions. This area contains 25% of Canada’s population in just 0.25% of its land area and currently has over 60 species at risk of disappearing forever – more than any other life zone in Canada.

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Bird Suet Recipe

Make your own high energy bird suet to see them thru until spring. Try this easy recipe to help the birds and attract them to your yard. Most all birds will enjoy this suet including the early spring arrivals when it is still too cold for plenty of insects and worms.

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Raised Garden Bed

Benefits of a Raised Garden Bed Raised gardens are a great way to grow vegetables and flowers. Here are some of the benefits of a raised bed: 1. Less weeds – since you have control of the soil weeds are less of an issue and easier to control 2. Animal control – if your raised […]

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Invader of the month – Wild Parsnip

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.

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Water Wise Gardening

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!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Neo Nics

Neonic use as a seed treatment in field crops (ie. Corn, beans, grain crops) continues to be newsworthy and consumers are concerned. Read more about the science and the opinions of the Ontario government, the bee keepers and the farmers. What choices do you have as a consumer?

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Attracting Birds to your Garden

Why would you want to attract birds into your garden? What is needed to make them want to move in? Which species might set up residence in your yard? What can you plant to make them want to stay?

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Beneficial Bacteria in the soil

Soil is alive and biologically complex. By considering this, we realize the importance of not just being on alert for the presence of pathogens, but also the presence of beneficial microorganisms which are transferable to create more “good” soil.

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Japanese Beetles have arrived

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.

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Extend the season for edible crops

We don’t have to limit our growing and harvesting season just to those few short summer months. Many gardeners are now successfully growing and harvesting almost year round.

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Test your Gardening Knowledge!

Are you ready to test your basic knowledge? Take this short quiz and test your gardening knowledge. Ready…Set…Go!

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Top Ten Myths about Tree Care

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.

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Container Gardening

Gardening in containers is the perfect answer for apartment balconies, small condo spaces, a way it add colour and texture in those difficult spaces to plant, a way to set a theme or create an interest in an area.

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Know What to Grow for Your Zone

Gardening is the fastest growing leisure activity in North America. Every year both young and old discover it. The joys and rewards of gardening include the practical, such as growing herbs and vegetables for consumption, to the exotic, such as breeding orchids or cultivating special hybrid roses.

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