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Having Outdoor Living Space That’s Fun and Functional

Having Outdoor Living Space That’s Fun and Functional

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

Upgrading Your Garden at Almost No Cost

Upgrading Your Garden at Almost No Cost

Firstly, upgrading your garden won’t happen if you aren’t willing to experiment with landscaping and do yard work. However, we…

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 hybrid tomatoes,…

How to Care for Your Lawn in the Fall

How to Care for Your Lawn in the Fall

Fall lawn care will help to make sure it is in tip-top shape for the coming winter. While many residents…

How to Care for Succulent Plants in Your Home

How to Care for Succulent Plants in Your Home

Succulent plants are by far my favorite living creature. More so than any animal or other green thing, I really enjoy…

Master Gardeners

How to Care for Your Lawn in the Fall

How to Care for Your Lawn in the Fall

Fall lawn care will help to make sure it is in tip-top…

7 Tips for a Great Organic Lawn

7 Tips for a Great Organic Lawn

Are you interested in growing a great organic lawn? If so, you’ll…

Cucumber Companion Plant and Canned Salsa

Cucumber Companion Plant and Canned Salsa

There is a lovely flower that I have started to grow as…

A Great Year for Growing Peppers

A Great Year for Growing Peppers

I am going to try to save the seeds from which to…

Back to Basics

DIY: How To Make And Use Rain Barrels

DIY: How To Make And Use Rain Barrels

 We love rain barrels! They’re simply containers that capture and store rainwater for future use. The…

8 Ways On Killing Weeds Naturally

8 Ways On Killing Weeds Naturally

Don’t you hate those garden weeds? Looking to rid your garden of those pesky weeds naturally?…

Gardening 101: How to initiate and expand your business

Gardening 101: How to initiate and expand your business

A day redolent with rose fragrances along with the crisp scent of those dollars as you…

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…

20 Easy Plant Propagation Tutorials for Gardeners

20 Easy Plant Propagation Tutorials for Gardeners

If you have always wanted to learn plant propagation to grow more plants from the ones…

Back to Basics

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…

Low Maintenance Landscaping Ideas for the New Gardener

Low Maintenance Landscaping Ideas for the New Gardener

As a new gardener, you’re likely dreaming of all of the things you could do with…

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…

12 Essential Gardening Tools for the Beginner

12 Essential Gardening Tools for the Beginner

The list of tools used in the garden is seemingly limitless. Any attempt to purchase all…

From The Archives

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…

6 Tips for Growing Food In Urban Landscapes

6 Tips for Growing Food In Urban Landscapes

Growing and eating fresh fruits and vegetables from your urban garden make you healthier. And working in your urban garden…

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

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…

The Importance Of Potassium For Plants

The Importance Of Potassium For Plants

What do plants need? Potassium! Without it, you’ll have a tough time growing healthy plants. What’s the best way to…

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garden styles

Plant your Window Flower Boxes Like a Garden

Plant your Window Flower Boxes Like a Garden

With window flower boxes, you don’t have to settle for boring anymore! This home decor trend has been popping up…

How Solar Powered Landscape Lighting

How Solar Powered Landscape Lighting

Adding solar powered landscape lighting and other features to your landscape is one of the easiest and most affordable ways…

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…

Creating garden walls with gabions

Creating garden walls with gabions

When visitors see our garden renovation, one of their first positive comments is about the gabion retaining walls. We agree. For high design…

How To Attract Birds To Your Garden

How To Attract Birds To Your Garden

Learn to nurture birdlife in your garden. Learn to attract birds to your garden. Birds are highly attuned to changes…

Garden Design Trends in Canada

Garden Design Trends in Canada

Keep up with garden design trends, including a garden scheme and plants which are fashionable, drought resistant, edible and sustainable.…

How we built our shed from a kit

How we built our shed from a kit

Our back yard transformation began with the demolition of our +30-year-old cedar shed and construction of a big, beautiful new Urban…

Rain Barrel Tips

Rain Barrel Tips

Rain barrels are a great way to collect water to use on your lawn and garden. Here are tips on…

garden styles

Landscaping, Accenting with Garden Stones – Updated

Landscaping, Accenting with Garden Stones – Updated

There are unlimited types, colours and shapes of garden stones. Each stone type can be suited for a different landscape…

Creating garden walls with gabions

Creating garden walls with gabions

When visitors see our garden renovation, one of their first positive comments is about the gabion retaining walls. We agree. For high design…

Backyard Landscaping Ideas For Small Yards

Backyard Landscaping Ideas For Small Yards

Many people are hesitant in implementing backyard landscaping ideas, especially in a small area or townhouse. They may be afraid…

DIY-ing a garden to gather in

DIY-ing a garden to gather in

In 2020-21, who didn’t miss seeing friends and extended family, or dream of being able to celebrate with them again? Because outdoors is the…

8 Ways to Maximize Your Outdoor Space

8 Ways to Maximize Your Outdoor Space

Not everyone can enjoy the luxury of a big lawn for their gardening. Living in a city apartment or sharing…

How to Care for Your Lawn in the Fall

How to Care for Your Lawn in the Fall

Fall lawn care will help to make sure it is in tip-top shape for the coming winter. While many residents…

7 Reasons To Install Landscape Garden Lighting

7 Reasons To Install Landscape Garden Lighting

There are many good reasons to install landscape garden lighting in your garden. In this article, we will look at…

Build Your Own Vertical Strawberry Planter (Quick Version)

Build Your Own Vertical Strawberry Planter (Quick Version)

    Have a minute? Laura from Garden Answer shows us how to make vertical strawberry planters. She walks you…


Pollinators

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…

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…

How Smart Are Bumblebees?

How Smart Are Bumblebees?

We often wonder about how smart certain non-human animals are, including bumblebees. There are numerous creatures whose intelligence…

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…

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…

Birds

The Amazing Adventures of Piping Plover “HL”

The Amazing Adventures of Piping Plover “HL”

By Laura Bartlett, Nova Scotia Program Manager, Birds Canada   “HL”, affectionately known as Helen Louise by our…

Make a Robin Nesting Shelf (Free Plans)

Make a Robin Nesting Shelf (Free Plans)

This simple building plan shows how to make a nesting shelf for robins (Turdus migratorius) where they can…

How To Attract Birds To Your Garden

How To Attract Birds To Your Garden

Learn to nurture birdlife in your garden. Learn to attract birds to your garden. Birds are highly attuned…

On Backyard Birding, Watching, Attracting, Adventures

On Backyard Birding, Watching, Attracting, Adventures

Backyard birding is an activity suitable for people of all ages and physical abilities. It is also completely free…

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…

Health and Wellness

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 to which plants…

5 Ways Gardening Can Help Mental Health

5 Ways Gardening Can Help Mental Health

Gardeners intuitively know that gardening provides numerous mental health benefits such as reducing stress, bringing people close to…

7 Gardening Projects that are Perfect for Seniors

7 Gardening Projects that are Perfect for Seniors

Whether you’re doing it indoors or outside, gardening is a pastime that offers lots of benefits to seniors. …

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…

Benefits of Getting Outdoors

Benefits of Getting Outdoors

If you’re a self-professed homebody, you could seriously benefit from a change of scenery. Spending time in nature…


Attractions and Things to do

Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For

Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For

Notes From the Old Ottawa South Garden Club Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For On a cold and…

How to make your winter garden look good

How to make your winter garden look good

Collaborative post When it comes to our gardens, we tend to focus on making them look good in the warmer…

Les hélicoptères

Les hélicoptères

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Réflexions colorées

Réflexions colorées

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Cactus and Their Genes

Cactus and Their Genes

Share Tweet Share Cactus and their genes — Desert Botanical Garden hosts international symposium to understand and conserve iconic plant…

our habitat

The Devastating Effects of Deforestation

The Devastating Effects of Deforestation

The Devastating Effects of Deforestation By Todd Heft | August 14, 2019 | Environment By Guest Author Tammy Sons. Before…

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…

On Best Mosquito Repellent Plants – Updated

On Best Mosquito Repellent Plants – Updated

Many commercial mosquitoes and insect repellent contain harmful chemicals which are toxic to children and pets. We are providing you…

7 Tips for a Great Organic Lawn

7 Tips for a Great Organic Lawn

Are you interested in growing a great organic lawn? If so, you’ll want to follow these tips for a landscape…

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…


5 Garden Trends for "a better world"

5 Garden Trends for "a better world"

“Do you know where you are going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you?”  ~Diana Ross, 1975 Seems there is a lot of angst out there. A Christmas letter that we received just a week ago…

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 pot and place it in partial shade. You can use seeds or seedlings if you can find them. Lately, I have been…

5 Ways Gardening Can Help Mental Health

5 Ways Gardening Can Help Mental Health

Gardeners intuitively know that gardening provides numerous mental health benefits such as reducing stress, bringing people close to nature, and offers quiet and alone time. However, some new evidence has shown that gardening and being outdoors can help recover from…

What the Nose Knows – Understanding Aroma

What the Nose Knows – Understanding Aroma

Humans have been attracted to aromatic plants since the beginning of time. We use them for flavouring food, for scenting our homes and bodies, and even for ceremonial and religious purposes. Despite many time-honoured traditions and usages, little was known…

Veggie Bites – Sweet Peas

Veggie Bites – Sweet Peas

The weather is not delightful. The warmth we are experiencing is fleeting. Our temperaturesshould be approaching normal by the end of the month. The worry that I have is that there isnot nearly enough snow. We need snow. A lot…

Succulents and Cactus

Cereus Peruvianus – Night Blooming Cereus – Peruvian Apple

Cereus Peruvianus – Night Blooming Cereus – Peruvian Apple

Having plants indoors and giving them the humidity they would really like is another. It’s great when you…

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…

Get Inspired to Create a Next Level Succulent Arrangement

Get Inspired to Create a Next Level Succulent Arrangement

Succulent arrangements are long lasting creations that can be enjoyed indoors or out. This DIY video from Garden…

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…

Cactus Propagation: How To Propagate Cactus Plants

Cactus Propagation: How To Propagate Cactus Plants

Many people start out with cactus as a gift plant and don’t think much about cactus propagation. However,…

Container Gardening

Soil Calculator and Raised Garden Bed Basics

Soil Calculator and Raised Garden Bed Basics

For gardeners, the single most important ingredient for a thriving garden is good, quality soil.…

Balcony and container gardens at RHS Chelsea

Balcony and container gardens at RHS Chelsea

New small space gardening championed at the postponed show, September 21-26 Focusing on gardening in…

Best Plants For Container Gardening

Best Plants For Container Gardening

With potted patio plants, container gardening allows you to enjoy the benefits of a broad…

Growing Perfect Plants For Balcony, Deck, Patio and Front Entry

Growing Perfect Plants For Balcony, Deck, Patio and Front Entry

Container gardening is very popular today, but it’s not new. People have been growing container…

Make a Mini Formal Garden

Make a Mini Formal Garden

  Miniature gardens are adapted from Japanese bonsai gardens, taking the idea of shaping and…

Seeds and Bulbs

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…

Veggie Bites – Starting Seeds

Veggie Bites – Starting Seeds

If you have started some seeds, the first thing that you should see is a pair of…

Bulbs to Plant Now for Late Summer Color

Bulbs to Plant Now for Late Summer Color

Right about now, daffodils and tulips are in full bloom making even the simplest of streets beautiful.…

Starting Tomato and Peppers Seeds Indoors

Starting Tomato and Peppers Seeds Indoors

Dreaming of juicy, flavorful tomatoes and ripe, spicy peppers? Grow them yourself in only a few months.…

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…

Dobies new flower seeds for 2022

Dobies new flower seeds for 2022

The delights of planning for next year start now! Dobies new flower seeds contain cottage garden favourites, annuals…

Veggie Bites – Sweet Peas

Veggie Bites – Sweet Peas

The weather is not delightful. The warmth we are experiencing is fleeting. Our temperaturesshould be approaching normal by the end…

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 pot and…

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…

Wild Parsnip Rash and Around the Vegetable Garden

Wild Parsnip Rash and Around the Vegetable Garden

Sadly, I keep finding wild parsnip in and around the area and it is requiring a lot of my attention.…

Grow Your Own Microgreens

Grow Your Own Microgreens

Microgreens add fresh flavor and nutrients to salads, sandwiches, smoothies and stir-fries. These plants are harvested when they’re young, usually…

Improve Your Garden Soil This Spring

Improve Your Garden Soil This Spring

Healthy soil full of the right nutrients is vital if you want to grow anything from flowers to vegetables in…

Plants That Will Grow Well on Acidic Soil

Plants That Will Grow Well on Acidic Soil

Do you have acidic soil which seems impossible to get anything to grow in? Well, before you become frustrated and…

Best Nutrients for Growing Vegetables

Best Nutrients for Growing Vegetables

Whether you are growing vegetables in a traditional garden or growing vegetables with hydroponics, the proper nutrients can help with…

Review: Carbon Gold Biochar compost & soil improvers

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…

Compost bins: Which type should I buy?

Compost bins: Which type should I buy?

Composting is key to organic gardening. It nourishes plants and the soil food web, acting as a fertilizer and soil amendment. Arguably,…

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Canada

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

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…

Red Malabar Spinach and Alyssum

Red Malabar Spinach and Alyssum

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

Bulbs: spring, summer and fall

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 Amazing Adventures of Piping Plover “HL”

The Amazing Adventures of Piping Plover “HL”

By Laura Bartlett, Nova Scotia Program Manager, Birds Canada   “HL”, affectionately known as Helen Louise by our…

Aerial Insectivore Conservation Program

Aerial Insectivore Conservation Program

Birds Canada – Atlantic Region Are you looking to channel your skills into meaningful, energizing work that will…

United Kingdom

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

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…

Keep dahlias free of earwigs, slugs and snails without chemicals

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…

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show review at Newby Hall

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…

Win stunning tulip bulbs worth £117 from Dutch Grown

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?…

100 waterfall quotes & perfect waterfall captions and puns

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…

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…

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 with weeds, for sure. They’re […] The post Volunteers Making…

Growing Your Garden with some Chickens

Growing Your Garden with some Chickens

If you own some of our known feathered friends, consider growing a garden with and for your chickens! It comes with great advantages for you and your birds, since it assists in many ways on…

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 and we include special ways you can honour this day.Rhubarb…

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 world-class attraction. But we have other extraordinary news. You…

Trowel Talk Newsletter August 15, 2021

Trowel Talk Newsletter August 15, 2021

The Trowel Talk Newsletter August 15, 2021 is now available, brought to you by the Master Gardeners of Lanark County and Ottawa Carleton.In this months issue we have articles about:Daylilies that add more colour to…

Popular

FERTILIZER FOR GROWING COFFEE AT HOME

FERTILIZER FOR GROWING COFFEE AT HOME

Many people cannot get enough coffee and start growing coffee plants in their homes! It…

My Soil is Dead

My Soil is Dead

Liza Drozdov – Halton Master Gardener After decades of staring at my broken and ugly…

Vertical line garden

Vertical line garden

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Trowel Talk Newsletter January 15, 2021

Trowel Talk Newsletter January 15, 2021

 The Trowel Talk Newsletter, January 15, 2021 is now available, brought to you by the Master…

The KASSI Living Seed Commons

The KASSI Living Seed Commons

In our March 11, 2021 presentation, Cathy Christie let us know how to obtain locally-adapted…