All posts by: Garden Works

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Grow big in small spaces I have a degree in Agriculture and a paved yard… the irony is not lost on me. I live an urban life and so my wide-open spaces are parks and my tiny little paved patio is my garden. But within my garden I have two apple trees, a blueberry bush, a cluster […]

Zen and the Art of Water Features  “I was under the understanding there would be no math involved…” these were the words swarming through my head the first time I ever tried to tackle a water garden installation. Gallons per hour? (Aren’t we metric in Canada?) Flow rate? Have you checked the GPH delivery graph? […]

The Butterflies and the Bees (and a few Hummingbirds)  Who doesn’t love a pollinator? Some people with allergies might not at first share my sentiment but we owe them a lot. It’s estimated that one in every three bites of food you eat are made possible because of pollination. There are no tomatoes, peppers, blueberries, pumpkins (the list could […]

Roses, there is nothing more iconic in a garden. And it’s no secret why, they are pure colour and fragrance. But what does surprise me time and time again is how some people consider them difficult and fussy. That couldn’t be further from the truth.  To the new gardener, roses could seem overwhelming. They have inspired passionate study […]

Lavender LOVE   I’m going to let you in on a gardening secret… if you want to look like a super-green-thumb garden superstar but you don’t really want to work too hard at it, plant lavender. Okay, I might be a bit biased because lavender is a bit of a “thing” in my life, like […]

Cocktail Hour in the Garden  When you think of fresh grown herbs the first thought is of cooking, but adding a little green into your glass is something you should consider. Using herbs to liven up a cocktail (both alcoholic and non) is something everyone should try. It can be as simple as popping a sprig of […]

Marvelous Mint  Mint to most people is a flavour of gum or toothpaste. Don’t be one of these people, they are missing out. Mint is both a herb and an attractive low-maintenance plant, everyone should grow at least one. As a herb, its versatility is amazing. You can slice it up and toss it in fruit salad to immediately add zing. A green salad gets a […]

Tomatoes and Peppers – “some like it hot” Of all the different veggies you could choose to grow, the most satisfying are tomatoes and peppers. Nothing you could ever buy in a store is ever going to taste as good as a still-warm-from-the-sun plump ripe tomato picked out of your own garden. Homegrown peppers are […]

  Let’s be honest, we are going to be spending a lot more time at home this summer. So this spring let’s start something to create a space that will bring us joy all summer. If you haven’t already tried a hanging basket now is the time. If you have tried one before, stick with me, there […]

Rock Garden Reverie Rock gardens have always delighted (and to a certain extent, mystified) me. Wandering through a botanical garden, or on a walk through the local neighborhood, coming across a rock garden is sure to be a highlight of the day. A rock garden represents an entire rugged landscape depicted in a compact space, […]