Gardening

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, […]

Now is a great time to start a veggie garden! Don’t have a garden? Not a problem! There are many veggies and greens that you can grow in small spaces like a patio or balcony using pots or compact growing systems like a Vegepod. We know that this year it is proving harder to find […]

The last couple weeks of the official winter season seem to pass by pretty quickly, teasing with hints of spring. Daffodils break the surface tentatively as though they are checking to see if it is warm enough to burst into bloom. Days become noticeably longer. The earliest of the flowering cherries frame the late winter […]

Let’s get pruning!   Pruning may be the most mysterious and misunderstood of all gardening skills.  Why do we need to prune?  Plants have been growing for a long time without any intervention from us!  If you remember that pruning will help the plant to be the best version of itself in your landscape; best […]

Winter can be tough on our feathered friends. With limited food available, it is an important time to ensure they have easily accessible food sources. This makes a great weekend activity with the family. Here’s what you will need to make your very own Birdseed suet Bells: 6 cups birdseed 1 cup flour 250g shortening (lard) […]