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How to Grow Pineapple As a Houseplant

These tips share how to grow pineapple (Ananas comosus) as a potted plant in your home with the right light,…

Increase Your Property’s Value with Gardening

Increasing property value is a major concern not only for those looking to sell immediately but also for those that…

Gardening with children

Check out the following two resources on gardening with children! The post Gardening with children first appeared on Stratford and…

Letter to the Garden September 2021 – its been a while….

Dear GardenIts been a while.  I had a think at how the months have slipped past and I think it…

Keep dahlias free of earwigs, slugs and snails without chemicals

How to prevent slugs, snails and earwigs from destroying your dahlias without using chemicals. These ways are easier too. The…

How to Plant Flower Bulbs (& When It’s Too Late)

Use these tips to plant flower bulbs in fall and get lots of blooms in spring. Whether you are planting…

Once-a-Year Flat Garden Scenery

Ichimatsu Pattern Raking During the Harvest Moon Every year at the time of the Harvest Moon and our Moonviewing Festival,…

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show review at Newby Hall

New venue attracts the crowds but there’s room for improvement This Harrogate Autumn Flower Show review was always going to…

SHRUB: Cephalanthus occidentalis (Buttonbush)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic The sweet-scented, pincushion-like, white globes of Buttonbush are familiar to those who spend…

Red Malabar Spinach and Alyssum

To eat my Red Malabar spinach, I pull the leaves off the vine at staggered intervals and enjoy it in…

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PMG’s Therapeutic Horticulture Program Earns Applause

PMG Susan Seidler (top) works with Adult Care Center members to weed…

September: Lessons Learned: Beans

September: Lessons Learned: Beans

Bush beans sown while the soil was still cool and wet showed…

Weed Watch: Was that 4-foot plant (Erechtites hieraciifolius) growing in my garden yesterday?

Weed Watch: Was that 4-foot plant (Erechtites hieraciifolius) growing in my garden yesterday?

Written By Mary Free, Extension Master Gardener Summer is waning or fall…

Trowel Talk July 15, 2021

Trowel Talk July 15, 2021

 The Trowel Talk Newsletter, July 15, 2021 is now available, brought to…

Stripey Things in the Garden

Stripey Things in the Garden

By Mary-Jane Pilgrim, Master Gardener A couple of weeks ago, Laura Gardner…

Featured Plants

Wood Lily

Wood Lily

Wood lily (Lilium philadelphicum) plants grow in a single stem and can reach 1 to 3 feet tall. The leaves…

Lilacs

Lilacs

Common lilac bushes (Syringa vulgaris) are deciduous shrubs that bloom in late spring. ‘Wedgewood Blue’ is an example of a…

Eastern Redbud

Eastern Redbud

Oh this easy-going ornamental can be grown as a shrub or as a small tree. Loving full sun to partial…

Blue-eyed Grass

Blue-eyed Grass

Blue-Eyed Grass Sisyrinchium montanum can be a shy retiring plant at times. They are small perennials only 10-30 cm tall…

Barren Strawberry

Barren Strawberry

Barren Strawberry has masses of beautiful yellow daisy flowers at the ends of the stems from early to late spring,…

Canada Columbine

Canada Columbine

Plants are perfect candidates for the Shade Garden or Wildlife Garden. This spring blooming, native wildflower provides a welcome a…

Birds

Editor-in-Chief position available with Avian Conservation and Ecology

Avian Conservation and Ecology (ACE), a leading international peer-reviewed ornithological journal sponsored by the Society of Canadian Ornithologists and Birds…

Notes From a Northwestern Ontario Backyard – March 2021

Notes From a Northwestern Ontario Backyard – March 2021

Hello again from Manitouwadge! First off on a good note, the Western Meadowlark is still here, still visiting my yard…

The Top 8 Plants That Attract Hummingbirds

The Top 8 Plants That Attract Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds, those tiny flying daredevils that captured our hearts with their beautiful vibrant colors and fascinating habits. The way they…

Executive Assistant

Executive Assistant

Birds Canada Executive Assistant   Contract type: Full-time, permanent position. (4 or 5 days / week, to be determined based…

We are wildlife.

We are wildlife.

Did you know that most birds stop singing in August and into September? They’ve done all their brooding and nesting…

The Best Annuals to Attract Hummingbirds

The Best Annuals to Attract Hummingbirds

A family with a lot of diversity, hummingbirds are little dynamo species fluttering in and out of sight. They are…

On treating Bugs – Good and Bad

A Recipe for Homemade Insecticidal Soap

A Recipe for Homemade Insecticidal Soap

Did you know that home gardeners have been using homemade insecticidal soap for a long time? Fish-oil soap used to…

Beneficial Insects: Good Bugs To Encourage In Your Garden

Beneficial Insects: Good Bugs To Encourage In Your Garden

You may think all insects are pests, but that’s not the case! There are many beneficial insects that would be…

Beekeeping 101: How to Start an Urban Beehive

Beekeeping 101: How to Start an Urban Beehive

Beekeeping: How to Start an Urban Beehive By Guest Author Josh Andrews The original article is on the BigBlogofGardening here…

Inspect for Leek Moths – New Pest in Garlic

Inspect for Leek Moths – New Pest in Garlic

New Pest in Garlic by Bob Wildfong, Seeds Of Diversity, June 2021 For most of the years that I’ve been…

5 Easy to Grow Mosquito Repelling Plants

5 Easy to Grow Mosquito Repelling Plants

One of the downsides of enjoying the outdoors is dealing with mosquitoes. There are some easy-to-grow plants with mosquito repelling…

Trees for Bees

Trees for Bees

Friends of the Earth have published a poster titled “Trees for Bees”. Check it out! The post Trees for Bees…

NATIVE BEES OF ONTARIO

NATIVE BEES OF ONTARIO

Our Most Important Pollinators Hariette Henry – Halton Master Gardener Bees are the most economically important group of insects in…

Veggie Bites – Microgreens

Microgreens are basically the seedlings of edible vegetables like beets and kale, or herbs like basil or cilantro.…

Veggie Bites – Peppers

Veggie Bites – Peppers

The Pimento pepper is one of my favourite peppers. It starts as a small green pepper, then turns…

Cilantro – Love it or Hate it

Cilantro – Love it or Hate it

By Dale Odorizzi, Master Gardener Cilantro is a wonderful herb to grow because you actually get two herbs…

How To Grow Lemon Trees From Seed

How To Grow Lemon Trees From Seed

Lemon trees are bright and perky, and their fruit is very healthy. If you are a gardener who…

The Importance of Measuring Soil Temperature

The Importance of Measuring Soil Temperature

Many factors affect how well a plant will grow. Everything from wind to soil nutrients will play a…

Pollinators

Ways to Get Rid of Wasps Naturally

Ways to Get Rid of Wasps Naturally

Did you know that wasps are multiplying because of climate change? It’s increasing the need to get rid of wasps and for wasp control. When there are few (or no)…

Veggie Bites – Monarch Waystation

Veggie Bites – Monarch Waystation

You will need milkweed for a Monarch Waystation; however, I know of people who are allergic to milkweed and find it difficult to be in close contact with the plant.…

Trees for Bees

Trees for Bees

Friends of the Earth have published a poster titled “Trees for Bees”. Check it out! The post Trees for Bees first appeared on Stratford and area Master Gardeners.

The Ultimate Guide to Butterflies and How to Prevent their Declines

The Ultimate Guide to Butterflies and How to Prevent their Declines

Butterflies and moths have been around for millions of years. They used to be a common sight in gardens, but numbers have declined since the 1940s along with our other native…

The story of my pollinator garden

The story of my pollinator garden

I’m not exaggerating when I say that creating this pollinator garden is one of the best decisions I ever made, and that it has changed my life. You can read…

Short and sweet: new sidewalk pollinator planting

Short and sweet: new sidewalk pollinator planting

I have a confession to make. Almost 20 years ago, I had the opportunity to add free native plants to my garden. My generous friend had let her front lawn…

School butterfly garden update

School butterfly garden update

Recently I’ve noticed a burgeoning interest in butterfly gardening, spurred by the David Suzuki Foundation’s Butterflyway Project. The goal is to create more than 1000 pollinator gardens across Canada. Several…

Special Interests

How to Grow Cannabis Like a Pro: Step-by-Step Guide

By Guest Author Luis Rivera If you want to grow cannabis for the first time, you’ll need to get familiar with some ground rules. There…

Trowel Talk Newsletter September 15, 2021

Trowel Talk Newsletter September 15, 2021

 The Trowel Talk Newsletter September 15, 2021 is now available. Brought to you by the Master Gardeners of Ottawa Carleton and Lanark County. In this…

Walk on the Future Site of Canada’s National Botanical Garden

Walk on the Future Site of Canada’s National Botanical Garden

Canadians want a national botanical garden for an attractive walking destination, a national survey conducted by Nanos Research shows. Canadensis has a vision for such…

A Company of Fools presents “LOVE FROM AFAR” @ Canadensis!

A Company of Fools presents “LOVE FROM AFAR” @ Canadensis!

 A Company of Fools presents LOVE FROM AFAR @ Canadensis!Thursday, September 2nd @ 7pmFriday, September 3rd @ 7 pmSaturday, September 4th @ 2 pm &…

Volunteers Making a Difference Gardening

Volunteers Making a Difference Gardening

“The Garden would be a jungle without them,” says Senior Horticulturist Elizabeth Fogel, the gratitude in her voice infused with respect and relief.  “Or overrun…