Unique indoor plants are the perfect solution to help purify the air and add serenity to your space. Plus, they can add natural color and exotic beauty to bedrooms.
Sometimes we find a beautiful houseplant and have no idea on where to put it. Other times we have a space that needs filling and no idea what to put there. The way we see it, you can never go wrong with more plants!
The list is an joint promotion of the Garden Council of Canada and the American Public Gardens Association. The list for 2017 (in alphabetical order) is: Chicago Botanic Garden (www.chicagobotanic.org); Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (www.vancouverchinesegarden.com) ; Ethnobotanical Garden (www.quepasaoaxaca.com/jardin-etnobotanico-de-oaxaca/); Halifax Public Gardens (www.halifaxpublicgardens.ca); Hershey Gardens (www.hersheygardens.org); Reford Gardens (www.refordgardens.com); Las Ponzas (www.xilitla.org); Longue Vue House and Gardens (www.longuevue.com); San Diego Botanic Garden (www.sdbgarden.org); and Tucson Botanical Gardens (www.tucsonbotanical.org).
With a year of conferences, tests, trials and garden visits under our belts, we’re excited to tell you about the big ideas we think will be influencing the gardening world in the months ahead. Beyond popular colors and new varieties, big-picture themes always emerge on the world (gardening) stage that prompt designers and plant breeders to shift their work towards our changing needs. This year, most of what we see heading your way has to do with population, technology, cooperation over competition, and plants that solve problems. Keep reading to see what we’ve been taking note of!
Soil Preparation for Grass Seed To prepare the soil for grass seed: Remove any dead grass or weeds and break up any hardened or compacted soil. Consider aerating the soil. Also consider a layer top soil, perhaps mixed with compost and/or peat moss. The goal here is for grass seeds to have loose, quality soil…
Notes from the Old Ottawa South Garden Club Nancy McDonald is a life-long gardener and the current Executive Director of the Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton. Her presentation drew on her gardening experience and reading, and offered many tips and suggestions on colour with perennials, along with photos of colourful blooms. Nancy suggested several ways for…
Master Gardener Judith Cox gave a presentation on how to grow flowers and vegetables together for beauty and food.
I’ve tried hard to come up with things that people can do for their ponds that get them the most bang for their buck, simple tasks that can be done in just a few minutes of spare time or, at most, less than a full afternoon, with big yields in terms of overall pond health.
The bubbles rising from your aerator not only circulate the water, but also break up the surface tension as they break the surface. This has a few beneficial effects. First, it prevents some water-walking insects from taking advantage of your pond. The most important of these, of course, is mosquitos, which can otherwise use your pond to lay eggs.
Even in winter, partial water changes can help to provide healthier, less polluted water for your be-finned friends. Do this very carefully, though, changing water much less aggressively than you would in warmer times. Slower winter metabolisms potentially means that your pond recovers from water changes less quickly.
Once you’ve got the majority of the weeds out of the pond, though, you can go on to the second part of your attack, which will keep the duckweed from taking over again.
When you purchase a home, many buyers will opt to have a home inspection done on the property. This inspection can be very helpful in discovering any possible issues with wiring, plumbing, structure, foundation, roofing etc. But many times the inspection stops there. While these are very important aspects of the inspection, the exterior aspects…
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