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August: Watering Your Container Gardens

August: Watering Your Container Gardens

Check the moistness of your containers before watering by poking a finger down an inch or two.  Water at the…

August: Cucumbers and Zucchini

August: Cucumbers and Zucchini

Pick them often and the plants will continue to produce.  For best flavour, don’t allow them to grow beyond the…

August: Garlic

August: Garlic

Garlic is ready for harvesting when the lowest 3 or 4 leaves have died back.  Half of the plant should…

August: Harvest New Potatoes

August: Harvest New Potatoes

Reach under the plants into the hills, feel for good sized potatoes and ease them out of the ground gently.…

August: Container Gardens and Extreme Heat

August: Container Gardens and Extreme Heat

Your containers will have required extra watering during the recent extreme heat.  Give them an extra feeding and top dress…

August: Revitalize Perennials

August: Revitalize Perennials

Cut back the straggly and tattered foliage of early bloomers such as Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis), Brunnera and hardy geraniums.…

August: Dividing Your Irises

August: Dividing Your Irises

August is the idea time to divide your bearded irises.  Dig them up and separate the rhizomes.  Any rhizomes showing…

August: Plant Kale for Fall Harvest

August: Plant Kale for Fall Harvest

Kale planted up to the middle of the month will yield an excellent harvest in the fall and winter. And…

August: Watering Your Container Gardens

August: Watering Your Container Gardens

Check the moistness of your containers before watering by poking a finger down an inch or two.  Water at the…

August: Cucumbers and Zucchini

August: Cucumbers and Zucchini

Pick them often and the plants will continue to produce.  For best flavour, don’t allow them to grow beyond the…

August: Garlic

August: Garlic

Garlic is ready for harvesting when the lowest 3 or 4 leaves have died back.  Half of the plant should…

August: Harvest New Potatoes

August: Harvest New Potatoes

Reach under the plants into the hills, feel for good sized potatoes and ease them out of the ground gently.…

August: Container Gardens and Extreme Heat

August: Container Gardens and Extreme Heat

Your containers will have required extra watering during the recent extreme heat.  Give them an extra feeding and top dress…

August: Revitalize Perennials

August: Revitalize Perennials

Cut back the straggly and tattered foliage of early bloomers such as Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis), Brunnera and hardy geraniums.…

August: Dividing Your Irises

August: Dividing Your Irises

August is the idea time to divide your bearded irises.  Dig them up and separate the rhizomes.  Any rhizomes showing…

August: Plant Kale for Fall Harvest

August: Plant Kale for Fall Harvest

Kale planted up to the middle of the month will yield an excellent harvest in the fall and winter. And…

Featured Plants

Coneflowers – Echinacea

Coneflowers – Echinacea

Coneflowers, also known as Echinacea, are tough little native flowers that draw butterflies, bees, and birds to the garden! Trouble-free,…

Water Avens

Water Avens

The water aven contains pinkish, purple or yellow bell-shaped flowers, and dark red or dark purple stems that contain many…

Great St. John’s Wort

Great St. John’s Wort

Magnificent vivacious plant with flowers that can be up to 5cm wide. Easy to cultivate, prefers damp soil and full…

New England Aster

New England Aster

Large rose-purple flowers, with very numerous rays which tend to bloom in profusion. Clasping leaves. Rough stem. Leaves smell a…

Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose

The Evening Primrose’s are generally known for flowers that close during daylight hours; the flowers are therefore hermaphrodite, produced on…

Ironwood

Ironwood

The Ironwood makes a great backyard tree as it is resistant to many disease and insect problems. It tends to…

Master Gardeners

Revitalizing the Pollinator Garden at the Buddie Ford Nature Center

Revitalizing the Pollinator Garden at the Buddie Ford Nature Center

Arlington Regional Master Naturalists joined Extension Master Gardeners and community volunteers on…

Word of the Week: Follicle

Word of the Week: Follicle

If you grow milkweed to attract monarch butterflies to your garden, then…

August: Watering Your Container Gardens

August: Watering Your Container Gardens

Check the moistness of your containers before watering by poking a finger…

August: Cucumbers and Zucchini

August: Cucumbers and Zucchini

Pick them often and the plants will continue to produce.  For best…

August: Garlic

August: Garlic

Garlic is ready for harvesting when the lowest 3 or 4 leaves…

Back to Basics

5 Essential Garden Tools For Every Gardener

5 Essential Garden Tools For Every Gardener

Gardening can be a great hobby for people that love spending their leisure time outdoors to…

What To Look For In A Garden When House Hunting

What To Look For In A Garden When House Hunting

A great garden is a top selling point for many prospective homeowners when house hunting, not…

Planning A Garden Wisely: How To Avoid Garden Planning Mistakes

Planning A Garden Wisely: How To Avoid Garden Planning Mistakes

Growing a garden is a great way to make your yard look beautiful while adding to…

Guide to Starting Root Vegetable Seeds

Guide to Starting Root Vegetable Seeds

Who’s ready to start digging in the garden? Us too. Root vegetable crops can often be…

Top Five Houseplant starters

Top Five Houseplant starters

As plant people ourselves, we are so happy to see you here. This will be your…

10 Ways To Minimize Transplant Shock

10 Ways To Minimize Transplant Shock

Transplant shock loss can take all the fun out when plants and trees don’t grow or…

Back to Basics

Apartment Plants To Bring Nature Indoors.

Apartment Plants To Bring Nature Indoors.

Apartment plants are a great way to add some green to any space, and they’re not…

How To Take Plant Cuttings

How To Take Plant Cuttings

7 min read Written by Chris Lee The original article is found on UPgardener. Plant cuttings are…

Gardening Hand Tools for Planting and Cultivating

Gardening Hand Tools for Planting and Cultivating

Just how important are garden hand tools? Well, you wouldn’t have much of a garden without…

Birding

Birdfeeders: Take Down Your Feeders

Birdfeeders: Take Down Your Feeders

People often think of bird feeders as something good we can do to help out the birds, but did you…

Digital Fundraising Specialist

Digital Fundraising Specialist

Title: Digital Fundraising SpecialistTerm: 12 month, part-timeLocation: Remote, with possibility of occasional days at Birds Canada national office, Port Rowan,…

25 Beautiful Birds From Around The World

25 Beautiful Birds From Around The World

Discover what makes each of these beautiful birds unique, where they live, what they eat, and what they look like.…

Veggie Bites – Cattails and American Bittersweet

Veggie Bites – Cattails and American Bittersweet

Cattails are upright perennial plants that emerge from creeping rhizomes. My American bittersweet vine has beautiful orange berries on it at…

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…

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…

Counting birds at risk in the southern Okanagan

Counting birds at risk in the southern Okanagan

By Liam Ragan, BC Important Bird and Biodiversity Area Provincial Coordinator, BC Nature and Lindsay Lalach, BC Important Bird and…

Making a Difference, One Bird at a Time

Making a Difference, One Bird at a Time

by Kathy Felkar Volunteer at the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory Slowly removing my head from my pillow in the…

garden styles

Pergola Design: Make Your Backyard A Beautiful Hangout

Pergola Design: Make Your Backyard A Beautiful Hangout

Proper pergola designs are a beautiful and easy way to make your outdoor space feel like an oasis! The difference…

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

If you are an avid grill master or just love to entertain in your garden, then an outdoor kitchen can…

How Proper Landscaping Can Prevent Basement Flooding

How Proper Landscaping Can Prevent Basement Flooding

A quality landscaping service will go beyond just the way the exterior of a property looks. Of course, this is…

How To Make A Vertical Herb Planter

How To Make A Vertical Herb Planter

Having fresh herbs right outside the door takes fresh to a whole new level. The vertical herb planter has removable…

Maximizing A Small Garden In Your New Home

Maximizing A Small Garden In Your New Home

Making a small garden feel bigger can be a challenge but it’s not impossible. If you’ve just moved into a…

Ideas for Your Backyard this Autumn

Ideas for Your Backyard this Autumn

Having the right setup in your backyard during the autumn can create a welcoming, warm space for gatherings or just…

5 top garden design tips – and how to avoid two common mistakes!

5 top garden design tips – and how to avoid two common mistakes!

Garden design tips to transform your outdoor space. Plus avoid the two common garden layout mistakes that most amateurs make!…

Ornamental Grasses – Old Ottawa South Garden Club

Ornamental Grasses – Old Ottawa South Garden Club

The 2017—2018 season (the 23rd season) of the Old Ottawa Garden Club got off to a great start with a…

garden styles

Tip on Using Garden Fabric In Your Landscape

Tip on Using Garden Fabric In Your Landscape

A garden fabric, also known as a weed barrier fabric, preen weed control fabric or preen landscape fabric, is an…

Maximizing A Small Garden In Your New Home

Maximizing A Small Garden In Your New Home

Making a small garden feel bigger can be a challenge but it’s not impossible. If you’ve just moved into a…

How to Create a Relaxing Backyard

How to Create a Relaxing Backyard

By Guest Author Harper Reid Backyards are meant to be a relaxing haven, a place for the entire family to…

Build A DIY Raised Bed Planter

Build A DIY Raised Bed Planter

Raised planter beds are important components of gardening, and they add additional beauty and benefits to get excellent and quality…

Create An Easy Shade Garden With Woodlands

Create An Easy Shade Garden With Woodlands

Many woodland plants, like Trillium, can be planted underneath your favorite deciduous trees and with little maintenance will become a…

Creating and Enjoying Shade Gardens – Notes From the Old Ottawa South Garden Club

Creating and Enjoying Shade Gardens – Notes From the Old Ottawa South Garden Club

At the recent meeting of the Old Ottawa Garden club the presenter, Dave Dunn, spoke about “Shining a Light on…

Having Outdoor Space That’s Fun and Functional

Having Outdoor Space That’s Fun and Functional

Create an indoor and outdoor space you love. Use these tips to build or re-design your porch or patio so you…

Pergola Design: Make Your Backyard A Beautiful Hangout

Pergola Design: Make Your Backyard A Beautiful Hangout

Proper pergola designs are a beautiful and easy way to make your outdoor space feel like an oasis! The difference…


Attractions and Things to do

In Praise of Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm: History and Heritage

In Praise of Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm: History and Heritage

Thank you to Felicity Gerard for creating this wonderful video about the Central Experimental Farm. Thanks also to Jane Panet…

Sparkling Limeade

Sparkling Limeade

Share Tweet Share A refreshing summer drink with summer heat bearing down on us, staying hydrated and refreshed is an…

Agave Tasting Micro Experience Sneak Peek

Agave Tasting Micro Experience Sneak Peek

Share Tweet Share Explore the hidden joys and adventures of the Garden with Micro Group Experiences. These private 60 to…

Reford Gardens – Elsie's Paradise – Photo exhibit

Reford Gardens – Elsie's Paradise – Photo exhibit

Elsie Reford was gifted the Estavan Lodge and Gardens in 1918, and developed beautiful gardens. Estevan Lodge was built by…

Gardens Ottawa – a Historial Presentation

Gardens Ottawa – a Historial Presentation

This is a super interesting video of a slide presentation for anybody interested in Ottawa’s garden history dating back to…

our habitat

Aphids and Pest Control – Treat Them Correctly

Aphids and Pest Control – Treat Them Correctly

As a pest control technician and business owner, I have found that every year, at least one insect has a…

Spinosad Insect Spray: A Great Find For Organic Gardeners

Spinosad Insect Spray: A Great Find For Organic Gardeners

It can be hard to keep insect pests under control without harming beneficial garden insects. Spinosad insect spray is a great…

Global Heating and the Climate Chaos that Results from it

Global Heating and the Climate Chaos that Results from it

A slideshow-summary for-the-busy prepared for the team at Solarcentury, as background for our support for the youth strike event on…

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…

How to Get Rid of Garden Pests – Updated

How to Get Rid of Garden Pests – Updated

By: Peter Weeks The original source article is here on The Daily Gardener No gardener wants to see insects wreaking…

How to garden for wildlife: 50 easy ways to make your garden wildlife friendly

How to garden for wildlife: 50 easy ways to make your garden wildlife friendly

Would you like to make your garden more wildlife friendly?  It’s an increasingly popular garden trend, as more and more…

Health and Wellness

Growing And Care Of Roman or German Chamomile Flowers

Growing And Care Of Roman or German Chamomile Flowers

Chamomile tea has long been used, as a traditional folk remedy, for a wide range…

The Best Plants to Help You Sleep

The Best Plants to Help You Sleep

Sleep better with these soothing and air purifying potted plants By Andrea Pisani Babich  …

26 Plants that Clean and Purify Air

26 Plants that Clean and Purify Air

The environment friendly role of plants is known since ages, but nobody imagined the extent…

Indoor Plants Are A Stress Buster?

Indoor Plants Are A Stress Buster?

Something as simple as an indoor plant can reduce this stress. Research has proven that simply…

Seeds and Bulbs

DIY Garden Gifts: Seed Starting Kits

DIY Garden Gifts: Seed Starting Kits

DIY Garden Gifts: Seed Starting Kits February 12, 2018 by Amanda. As you probably know, there’s nothing…

3 Common Seed Starting Problems and How to Fix Them

3 Common Seed Starting Problems and How to Fix Them

Starting seeds indoors is great way to make your garden successful from the start. Nurturing and watching…

Summer Blooming Flower Ideas For Your Garden

Summer Blooming Flower Ideas For Your Garden

For some color, texture, height and drama looking at adding some summer blooming flowers to your garden.…

Veggie Bites – Seedlings and Potatoes

Veggie Bites – Seedlings and Potatoes

I have planted up several tomato plants and there are other seedlings that would like to be…

Fall Bulb Design: Easy, Colorful Combinations

Fall Bulb Design: Easy, Colorful Combinations

Originally Posted here  https://www.americanmeadows.com/blog/2018/07/31/fall-bulb-design-easy-colorful-combinations/ July 31, 2018 by Amanda. Fall-planted bulbs are some of the easiest ways to add…

Bring Spring Flowers and Bulbs into Your Home

Bring Spring Flowers and Bulbs into Your Home

Notes from the Old Ottawa South Garden Club The last meeting in 2016 of the Old Ottawa…

Harvest Tasty Fall Vegetables

Harvest Tasty Fall Vegetables

Fall is a great time to harvest vegetables from your own garden. It’s the last chance before the ground freezes…

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 role. But…

Guide to Starting Root Vegetable Seeds

Guide to Starting Root Vegetable Seeds

Who’s ready to start digging in the garden? Us too. Root vegetable crops can often be planted as soon as…

Veggie Bites- Brussels Sprouts

Veggie Bites- Brussels Sprouts

This year I will be growing Brussels Sprouts (Brassica oleracea). The seeds can be direct sown in early May, but…

The Potted Garden: Growing Vegetables in Containers

The Potted Garden: Growing Vegetables in Containers

  The Potted Garden: Growing Vegetables in Containers Florence Carey, MGIT June 15, 2021 – 6:30 – 8:00pm Have you…

Cactus and Succulents

Succulent Ideas for your Desk

Succulent Ideas for your Desk

Everyone likes to dress up their desks and it is fun to bring a little of the outdoors inside. Succulents…

Succulent Pot in a Pot

Succulent Pot in a Pot

Social media is blowing up with a new trend – the Succulent Pot in a Pot. It is a fun…

Aloe Vera: Growing, Propagation, Medicinal Uses

Aloe Vera: Growing, Propagation, Medicinal Uses

By Guest Author Rick Perillo Aloe Vera, a popular cactus-like succulent, is one of the most useful medicinal plants and…

7 Awesome Reasons to Grow Succulents in Your Garden

7 Awesome Reasons to Grow Succulents in Your Garden

Some plants are more resilient and can survive with little food and moisture. They are known as succulents, and they…

Christmas Cactus – How To Grow, Care For And Make Schlumbergera Bloom

Christmas Cactus – How To Grow, Care For And Make Schlumbergera Bloom

The Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii), also known as Christmas cacti, Thanksgiving cactus or holiday cacti, no other plant seems to…

Special Interests

Book review: The nature of oaks

Book review: The nature of oaks

Doug Tallamy’s latest book takes the reader on a month by month tour of life in his oak trees. Over 20 years he and his wife Cindy have transformed their 10 acres from hay fields…

Orchids Grow Well in a Shade Garden

Orchids Grow Well in a Shade Garden

Gardeners, looking for a challenging plant, will find it among some orchids tough enough for outdoors. Able to thrive in environments where cold winters are the norm, gardeners who grow indoor orchids will easily recognize…

African Violet FAQs

African Violet FAQs

We are big fans of African violets and know many of you are, too! These houseplants add color to any space in winter and their cheerful flowers make us smile. Since African violets can be…

A Year at Brandywine Cottage: Book Review

A Year at Brandywine Cottage: Book Review

It’s the middle of January, and I’m hungry for spring. Spring won’t come for another couple of months in my climate, so I whet my appetite with inspirational gardening books. One of my favorites is…

Book Reviews: Folk Tales from the Garden by Donald Smith and Pure Style in the Garden by Jane Cumberbatch

Book Reviews: Folk Tales from the Garden by Donald Smith and Pure Style in the Garden by Jane Cumberbatch

I am rather a fan of folk stories and have a few books I have acquired over the years.  The skill of storytelling and the passing down of stories through the generations is something I…

Book Review: The Overstory

Book Review: The Overstory

I just finished reading The Overstory by Richard Powers. I highly recommend it to any gardener who would typically hold a set of values related to conservation, respecting biodiversity and protecting the natural world. The…

Popular

Best Houseplants for the Kitchen

Best Houseplants for the Kitchen

Sometimes we find a beautiful houseplant and have no idea on where to put it.…

Indoor Succulents: Discover Made To Order Succulents For Use Indoors

Indoor Succulents: Discover Made To Order Succulents For Use Indoors

The post Indoor Succulents: Discover Made To Order Succulents For Use Indoors appeared first on…

7 Decorative Ways To Display Plants In The Bathroom

7 Decorative Ways To Display Plants In The Bathroom

Decorating the bathroom with plants can at times be a challenge. For most of us,…

How to Keep Your Plants Alive in Fall and Winter

How to Keep Your Plants Alive in Fall and Winter

Description: When reading the post, you’ll know how to care for winter plants, and what…

Make the Most of Windowsills & Small Spaces

Make the Most of Windowsills & Small Spaces

Living in the city doesn’t mean it has to be a concrete jungle. Here’s a…