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Fall Gardening Tasks
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Fall Gardening Tasks

Taking advantage of the sunny fall days and cooler temperatures to prepare your garden for winter will promote a healthy and productive garden for the spring.

Seed Saving Basics
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Seed Saving Basics

Saving your own seeds and swapping seeds with gardeners in your region will ensure you are planting seeds that are adapted to the local climate and atmosphere.

Houseplants – it’s time to bring them in!
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Houseplants – it’s time to bring them in!

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 lover? It’s time to plant!
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Garlic lover? It’s time to plant!

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...

Powdery Mildew problem?
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Powdery Mildew problem?

Lots of heat and humidity this year so most gardeners are struggling with Powdery mildew, a fungal disease that attacks a wide range of plants. It appears as a white, dusty coating on leaves, stems and flowers. Learn more about this common problem and organic treatments.

Creating A Trillium Garden
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Creating A Trillium Garden

Trillium grandiflorum, or the White Trillium: the floral emblem of Ontario, a symbol of purity, beauty, and patriotism. This distinctive three-leafed flower, native to the province, can be found in the forests throughout the province. It is one of the earliest flowers to bloom in the spring and left unplucked, can remain blooming perennially for over...

Invader of the month – Wild Parsnip
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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.

Ugly leaves may mean disease -Onions, Cucumber, Melons, Tomatoes and more!
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Ugly leaves may mean disease -Onions, Cucumber, Melons, Tomatoes and more!

Many of our vegetable diseases first appear to us as ugly leaves with blotch marks or a white coating. These marks can warn you about a big problem you should correct quickly or may just be relatively minor blemishes. The trick is to know which is which and what to do about it! Here are three great infographics to help you understand foliar diseases that affect edibles such as Onion, Squash, Zucchini, Melon, Cucumber and Tomatoes.

Water Wise Gardening
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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!

Urban Growing Concerns – Potatoes & Tomatoes
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Urban Growing Concerns – Potatoes & Tomatoes

Did you know that urban gardeners are asked NOT to grow potatoes or tomatoes? Why? Because they currently pose a risk to potato and tomato production as a source of late blight! There are things you can do though to still grow your favourites at home while minimizing the risk to our local farmers.

Six basic steps in lawn care
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Six basic steps in lawn care

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!

Saving Seeds – What, When, Why, How?
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Saving Seeds – What, When, Why, How?

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.

Grow Native!
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Grow Native!

Native plants are so beneficial and easy to grow! They are well adapted to the soils, the regional climate and wildlife - and will continue to survive climate change. Learn more about why we should all be growing at least a few natives. Check out the handy links to local growers and nurseries.

Invader of the Month – Japanese Knotweed
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Invader of the Month – Japanese Knotweed

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.

Invader of the month – Garlic Mustard
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Invader of the month – Garlic Mustard

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.

Great Lawns begin with a few key tasks in Spring
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Great Lawns begin with a few key tasks in Spring

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!

Canada’s National Flower – Bunchberry was the choice …but it won’t be official.
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Canada’s National Flower – Bunchberry was the choice …but it won’t be official.

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.

Get “In the Zone”!
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Get “In the Zone”!

Do you want garden design that looks terrific AND serves a purpose? Interested in advice from wildlife and gardening experts? If so, check out 'In the Zone', a new guide to help you cultivate vital habitat. We can impact the health of the ecosystem on which people and wildlife depend.

Bird Suet Recipe
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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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Neo Nics
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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?

Dandelion – Weed or Wonder?
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Dandelion – Weed or Wonder?

The dandelion has more nutritional and medicinal uses than any other common garden weed. It flowers at a time of year when bees need help the most. It requires no water or special care and yet stays vibrant green.

Rain Gardens
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Rain Gardens

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!
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Spring is in the Air!

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!

Beneficial Bacteria in the soil
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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.

Japanese Beetles in Ontario
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Japanese Beetles in Ontario

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.

Renovating a Garden
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Renovating a 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?

Black Spot on roses
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Black Spot on roses

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?

Attracting Pollinators
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Attracting Pollinators

Pollination is not just fascinating natural history. It is an essential ecological function. Without pollinators, the human race and our ecosystems would not survive.

Starting Seeds
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Starting Seeds

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.

Spring is NOT the time to deal with grubs
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Spring is NOT the time to deal with grubs

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.

Top Ten Myths about Tree Care
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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.

Container Gardening
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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.

Monthly Garden Checklist
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Monthly Garden Checklist

Here is list of monthly jobs that the everyday gardener in Zone 5 to Zone 6 can perform. Of course, the timing of the outdoor tasks depends on the reliability of Mother Nature, and may vary from year to year.

Know What to Grow for Your Zone
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Know What to Grow for Your Zone

Knowing and understanding hardiness zones is important. This information will come in handy when you are purchasing new perennials or shrubbery and will take some of the guesswork out of your plant choices. Gardening is an endless trial and error process but knowing your zone will help ensure your purchases have a better chance of success.

When is the best time to apply Horticultural Oil?
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When is the best time to apply Horticultural Oil?

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.

Pruning Hydrangeas
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Pruning Hydrangeas

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.