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December: Remove Snow and Ice from Trees and Shrubs Carefully

Gently sweep accumulated snow upwards. Do not shake or bang on branches; they break more easily when frozen.  It’s best…

December: Caring For Your Poinsettia

  Poinsettias are sensitive to cold so protect them well as you move them from the store to home.  Once…

December: Keep Plants Safe While Clearing Ice

Salt-based ice melters are bad for your soil, plants and pets, and unfortunately, most home use products are salt-based (indicated…

December: Prepare for Winter Winds

Now that the leaves are gone, take a walk around your garden with your saw or loppers, removing damaged or hanging…

December: Enjoy Flowering Plants Indoors

At this time of year, many of us bring home cyclamens and poinsettias or nurture amaryllis bulbs to produce spectacular…

December: Living Christmas Trees

A living Christmas tree needs time to adapt to the indoor environment.  Put your tree in a sheltered, cool spot…

December: Encouraging Young Gardeners

Encourage your child or grandchild to develop an interest in gardening by having them grow a plant from a seed. …

December: Cyclamens

  If cyclamens are given their preferred conditions – cool and bright indirect light – they can bloom for several…

Chihuly by the Numbers

Share Tweet Share Chihuly in the Desert opens Dec. 3 at the Garden and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. Ever…

Pledge to Donate your Christmas Tree!

The post Pledge to Donate your Christmas Tree! appeared first on Royal Botanical Gardens.

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Butterflies in your backyard

Butterflies in your backyard

with Mary Ellen VanSlembrouck September 8, 2020 Mary Ellen is an…

“Annuals” You Can Overwinter!

“Annuals” You Can Overwinter!

By Linda Peacock, Master Gardener, SCMG It is that time – frost…

Garden Musings: What’s stalking flowers and foliage?

Garden Musings: What’s stalking flowers and foliage?

Enjoy another entry in our series of short form thoughts on gardening…

Miss Riverwood’s Webinar “Ask the Garden Experts”? Here’s a link to the video

Miss Riverwood’s Webinar “Ask the Garden Experts”? Here’s a link to the video

Riverwood’s “Ask the Garden Experts” online webinar filled to capacity early on,…

Featured Plants

Thimbleweed

Thimbleweed

This plant bears a few fine, short, soft hairs. Its stem grows 60 to 100 cm tall and is ramified…

Canada Mayflower

Canada Mayflower

Canada-mayflower can form large patches in a large variety of habitats, but usually found in abundance in boreal coniferous forests.…

Snowberry

Snowberry

The Snowberry is a great addition to many types of landscapes or gardens as an ornamental shrub, as it is…

Blue-stemmed Goldenrod

Blue-stemmed Goldenrod

The blue-stemmed goldenrod is sometimes referred to as Wreath Goldenrod. It is a well-behaved woodland species. It forms pretty, loose…

Sunflower

Sunflower

Sunflowers are fairly versatile; height varies, as does soil and lighting preferences. There are many species native to Canada. Provides…

Blue Cohosh and Its’ Benefits

Blue Cohosh and Its’ Benefits

Blue Cohosh is popular due to its’ benefits as a women’s health supplement. Blue Cohosh roots and flowers were widely…

On treating Bugs – Good and Bad

What Is A Flea Beetle And How To Control Them In The Garden

What Is A Flea Beetle And How To Control Them In The Garden

Let’s face it, the flea beetle and growing vegetables go hand in hand. Every garden is alive with insects of…

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…

Wasp Removal: Issues and Natural Methods

Wasp Removal: Issues and Natural Methods

The need for wasp removal is directly proportional to how often they bother you. Or a wasp nest in a…

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…

Native Pollinators: Buzzworthy Business

Native Pollinators: Buzzworthy Business

When we think pollinators, we tend to picture the fuzzy yellow bees and brilliant orange butterflies that buzz and flitter…

Best Bugs: Beneficial Insects For Your Garden

Best Bugs: Beneficial Insects For Your Garden

Not all insects are pests! In fact, the opposite is true. There are many beneficial insects – aka good bugs…

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…

Veggie Bites – Microgreens

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

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…

What is Square Foot Gardening?

What is Square Foot Gardening?

Square Foot Gardening divides the growing area of a raised garden bed into a grid in which crops…

Veggie Bites – Dog Strangling Vine

Veggie Bites – Dog Strangling Vine

The vine it must be removed as soon as it is discovered, or it will wreak havoc in…

Veggie Bites – Roses

Veggie Bites – Roses

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

Pollinators

Planting Guides – Forage for Honey Bees

Planting Guides – Forage for Honey Bees

Invite pollinators to your neighbourhood by planting a pollinator friendly habitat in your garden farm, school, park or just about any where.In their 1996 book, The Forgotten Pollinators, Buchmann and…

Plant a Flower Patch to Save the wild Rusty-Patched Bumblebee

Plant a Flower Patch to Save the wild Rusty-Patched Bumblebee

I’m SO excited to discover this free eguide on helping our endangered wild bees, including the rusty-patched bumblebee. Written by bee scientist Sheila Colla, wildflower garden writer Lorraine Johnson, and illustrated by science illustrator Ann…

Ontario increases provincial support under AgriStability

Ontario increases provincial support under AgriStability

The Government of Ontario has moved ahead with increasing the compensation rate for AgriStability from 70 to 80 per cent on the provincial portion. The increased coverage is effective as…

OBA & CAPA Winterloss Reports

OBA & CAPA Winterloss Reports

 Recently, the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) released a preliminary report on the reported winterloss percentages across Canada. The report shows that Ontario, with early reported information, is showing a winterloss…

New TTP Lead!

New TTP Lead!

The Ontario Beekeepers’ Association (OBA) would like to welcome Colette Mesher to the OBA Tech-Transfer Program (TTP). Colette will be the Lead of the OBA TTP starting May 31st. Colette completed…

Native Pollinators: Buzzworthy Business

Native Pollinators: Buzzworthy Business

When we think pollinators, we tend to picture the fuzzy yellow bees and brilliant orange butterflies that buzz and flitter around our gardens in the summer. These critters make up…

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 our landscape due to their pollination of agricultural crops .…

Special Interests

How To Keep Your Water Garden Healthy

After spending the time and resources to build my water garden, I wanted to ensure that my investment would continue to provide a clean and…

How to plant frogbit in your water garden: the complete guide

How to plant frogbit in your water garden: the complete guide

Since the past few weeks, whenever I tended to my water garden, I felt like something was missing. The water surface seemed a very wide…

4 Simple Things for a Healthy Pond

4 Simple Things for a Healthy Pond

A healthy pond is a beautiful pond, and keeping your pond ecosystem healthy doesn’t have to be a ton of work. In the decades that…

Dealing with Duckweed in Your Pond

Dealing with Duckweed in Your Pond

I have a confession to make. I really like duckweed. I think that it’s pretty, and can be really interesting to look at. The way…

DIY Water Garden Kits: Which is Right for You?

DIY Water Garden Kits: Which is Right for You?

Water gardens add a fascinating new dimension to outdoors. There are many landscaping and aquascaping agencies that can set up a water garden for you,…