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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 […]

Although they are commonplace in our gardens now it was only three decades ago that ornamental grasses first started to appear on garden centre shelves.  One of the very first varieties was Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum,’ also known as Purple Fountain Grass.  I distinctly remember receiving the first pots of these from a nursery in California […]

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 […]

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 […]

Container gardening is definitely all the rage, and judging by the number of pots, the bags of outdoor planting soil and the flats of “basket stuffers” that are moving out of the garden centres in the past few weeks, valley decks and patios will be looking spectacular this summer. You can create fabulous container gardens […]

Container gardening is definitely all the rage, and judging by the number of pots, the bags of outdoor planting soil and the flats of “basket stuffers” that are moving out of the garden centres in the past few weeks, valley decks and patios will be looking spectacular this summer. You can create fabulous container gardens […]

  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 […]

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) […]

So you have decided to delve into the amazing world of Houseplants but you aren’t sure where to begin… Let’s get you started with a few quick things to consider.   Light Conditions Houseplants are typically divided into Bright, Low & Medium light groupings. Depending on the light conditions of the space you are looking […]