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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…

Win stunning tulip bulbs worth £117 from Dutch Grown

This is a collaborative post in partnership with DutchGrown Are you starting to think about next year’s garden? Autumn is…

Bulbs: spring, summer and fall

Bulbs are on my mind these days. I’m awaiting the arrival of an order of spring-blooming bulbs, hoping the weather…

100 waterfall quotes & perfect waterfall captions and puns

Are you searching for the perfect waterfall quotes, or a waterfall caption for your photos? You’re in the right place!…

Review: Carbon Gold Biochar compost & soil improvers

This is a collaborative post in partnership with Carbon Gold I always find September to be a brilliant month for…

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A Visit to a Manitoba Honey Farm

By Lori Graham, Master Gardener I was fortunate to get a chance…

September: Leave the Flare of the Tree Exposed

September: Leave the Flare of the Tree Exposed

Planting a tree too deep can cause the death of a tree. …

Attracting Pollinators

Attracting Pollinators

by Linda Peacock, Master Gardener, SCMG. Ninety percent of plants depend on…

May Garden Chores

by Gail Cocker, Master Gardener, SCMG For Canadian Hardiness Zones 4 and…

PMG’s Therapeutic Horticulture Program Earns Applause

PMG’s Therapeutic Horticulture Program Earns Applause

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

Featured Plants

Starflower

Starflower

Starflower is a forest understory plant growing in damp, shaded soils, occasionally on the edges of rivers and ponds. It…

Cardinal Flower

Cardinal Flower

Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is a native herb that grows along riverbanks and is occasionally found in garden flower beds…

Christmas Fern

Christmas Fern

No sun, but want something unique? Perfect for cottage or urban gardens, Christmas Ferns are shade dwellers that love moist…

Alternate-leaf Dogwood

Alternate-leaf Dogwood

  Maroon fall foliage; alternate leaves which is unusual for a dogwood.  The branches are distinctive tiered/layered horizontal creating a…

Basswood

Basswood

Other names: American Linden, Bois blanc Basswood is an adaptable native tree with aromatic flowers and pleasant foliage. Its flowers…

Chokeberry

Chokeberry

Chokeberry berries are used in jams or jellies. Leaves turns red and orange in autumn. As it is seen as…

Birds

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…

Notes From a Northwestern Ontario Backyard – January 2021

Notes From a Northwestern Ontario Backyard – January 2021

Hello again & Happy New Year! I’m hoping the series of photos I’m going to post here can help bring…

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

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…

I am concerned about climate change – can I still eat beef?

I am concerned about climate change – can I still eat beef?

By Dr. Silke Nebel, Vice-President – Science and Conservation, Birds Canada   Climate change and loss of biodiversity and are…

Canadian Lakes Loon Survey: New Report Helps Explain Mysterious Declines

Canadian Lakes Loon Survey: New Report Helps Explain Mysterious Declines

By Dr. Doug Tozer, Director, Waterbirds and Wetlands, Birds Canada   Birds Canada volunteers collect important information for bird conservation. …

Hummingbird Garden: How To Make Your Backyard A Hangout

Hummingbird Garden: How To Make Your Backyard A Hangout

Let me ask… Would you like to have a hummingbird garden? Do you love to watch hummingbirds feeding in a…

On treating Bugs – Good and Bad

Pollinator DNA with Biologists from Randolph Macon

Pollinator DNA with Biologists from Randolph Macon

In a crime with no witnesses, investigators rely on forensics and DNA to figure out what happened. Turns out, pollinator…

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…

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,…

White Oil Insecticide: What Is THIS Homemade Organic Pesticide?

White Oil Insecticide: What Is THIS Homemade Organic Pesticide?

The post White Oil Insecticide: What Is THIS Homemade Organic Pesticide? appeared first on Plant Care Today. White oil is…

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…

Pollinator gardening webinar recording on YouTube

Pollinator gardening webinar recording on YouTube

You can watch a recording of Pollinator Gardening in Ottawa (McKellar Park Community Association webinar) on my YouTube Channel. On…

Choosing Plants for a Butterfly Garden

Choosing Plants for a Butterfly Garden

What are good butterfly garden plants? What child isn’t fascinated by butterflies? Butterflies are charming and beautiful, they are also…

Growing Organic Food with the Ruth Stout Method

By author Vlad Girboan The trick in growing healthy organic food is creating a super fertile soil without adding any…

Veggie Bites – Roses

Veggie Bites – Roses

My next big chore is to protect my roses; I have a lot of them. All of my…

When Life Gives You Lemons – Grow Them Indoors!

When Life Gives You Lemons – Grow Them Indoors!

Everyone loves houseplants – they provide greenery and pops of color to your home. Sometimes it’s fun to…

Veggie Bites – Cool Crop Planter and Gypsy Moths

Veggie Bites – Cool Crop Planter and Gypsy Moths

If you would like to try a cool crop planter, you can plant one now. Find a large…

How to Collect Tomato Seeds

How to Collect Tomato Seeds

First of all, you want to collect seeds from heritage or open-pollinated tomatoes. If you collect seeds from…

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

Canadensis Presents: A Virtual Garden Tour of NEW BRUNSWICK BOTANICAL GARDEN

A Virtual Tour/Presentation of New Brunswick Botanical Garden/Jardin botanique du Nouveau-Brunswick with Josée Landry, Directrice générale About this event We love bringing garden people together!…

How to Deal with Tea Colored or Brown Water

How to Deal with Tea Colored or Brown Water

Tea-colored water is something that happens, sooner or later, to most outdoor koi ponds. This is when your pond is clear (not cloudy), but the water…

Trowel Talk Newsletter April 15, 2021

Trowel Talk Newsletter April 15, 2021

The Trowel Talk Newsletter for April 15, 2021 is now available. This month contains articles on:Earth Day 2021–This is the fiftieth anniversary of this international events…

5 Things You Need to do to your Pond for Spring

5 Things You Need to do to your Pond for Spring

Spring is coming at us fast, and I can’t wait for it to get here (and not only because my kayak paddle is in the…

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…