All posts by: Scott Austin

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Kids love garden projects where you don’t have to wait long for action and results, which makes growing paperwhites a perfect choice if you’re looking for an indoor adventure for children or grandchildren.  They begin to produce foliage almost immediately after planting and they’ll be blooming before Christmas, filling an entire room with their sweet, […]

Insects can be sneaky and cowardly.  Gardeners don’t mind battling enemies that they can see.  A rose bud covered with scores of aphids may not be visually appealing, but we can see plainly who the culprit is.  Tent caterpillars in trees should not be closely viewed by the squeamish but you can at least determine […]

Cotinus coggyria grows native in areas of central and southern Europe, and in China and the Himalayas. It gets its common name from the “puff of smoke” effect of the blooms on the branch ends. The leaves are initially green, but turn to brilliant shades of orange, yellow and red in the fall. The best […]

Any fruit that is ripe from your own garden is the best you ever tasted, but there is something about the flavour of fresh raspberries that make them my favourite.  When you add the benefit of ease-of-growth and the fact that you don’t even have to bend over to pick them raspberries are as close […]

Preheat oven to 350 deg. F 1 egg 1/2 cup plain yogurt OR sour cream OR real mayonnaise 1 1/3 cups mashed banana (about 3) 1 1/2 cups flour 1 cup sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted Mix all ingredients together except chocolate. Put half of dough into […]

By the time we are grown-up gardeners it’s likely that most of us have figured out the intricacies of reproduction.  While this my be true inside the home, I find an abundance of confusion, half-truths and myths surrounding reproduction outside in the garden, specifically concerning fruit trees, berry crops and fruit-producing shrubs. Pollination is the […]

Preheat oven to 350 deg. F 2 cups raisins 1 cup sugar 3 eggs 2 1/2 tbsp cornstarch 1 1/2 cups sour cream 1 tsp cinnamon 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 3/4 cups rolled oats 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 3/4 cups flour 1 cup margarine, softened Grease and flour a […]

It’s great to see interest in vegetable gardening on the rise as we finally see spring.  Home-grown vegetables are fresher, more nutritious and cheaper than those from the store.  You know what fertilizer and chemicals have been applied to them, they haven’t been transported thousands of kilometers and, perhaps best of all, there’s the deep […]

Oven 350 deg. F 2/3 cup sugar 2/3 cup dark brown sugar 1/2 tsp salt 2/3 cup coconut oil, melted 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (eg. almond milk) 2 tsp vanilla 2 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 8 oz. bag (1 1/2 cup) vegan chocolate chips Mix together sugars, salt, […]

CLEARING UP CLEMATIS CONFUSION   During the nearly 30 years that I have hosted the open-line radio show “Garden Talk” one question has been asked far more frequently than any other, “How do I prune my clematis?” There seems to be more confusion and trepidation about pruning this vine, with its enthusiastic growth and amazing […]