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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Guided greenhouse tour, wagon rides, hiking tour at 2pm, vendors, exhibits and more!
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 8-17th, the Western Fair will bring London over 50 rides, fair food, more than 800 animals, rodeo, entertainment and attractions.
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.
Have a gardening question? Email us your question, include pictures if available and one of the Master Gardeners will answer your gardening question.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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