Gardening for Birds: Planting for Black-capped Chickadees
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Gardening for Birds: Planting for Black-capped Chickadees

Author: Julianne Labreche, Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton; published with permission Frequent visitors to my backyard garden are the curious little black-capped chickadees. They are easily recognizable with their black cap and bib, white cheeks, and warm buff-tone flanks and sides. Usually they visit my garden in small flocks for safety. Sometimes they arrive with other…

Plant of the Year
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Plant of the Year

The “Plant of the Year” is often designated by various gardening and horticultural societies or organizations, and sometimes by individual countries, so there can be multiple plants receiving this title in a given year. One of the more recognized programs is the “Perennial Plant of the Year,” designated by the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) in…

Gardening for Birds: Planting for Sparrows
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Gardening for Birds: Planting for Sparrows

Author: Julianne Labreche, Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton; published with permission Many different species of sparrows visit my backyard garden, no matter the season. Sparrow sightings in the Ottawa area include song sparrows, chipping sparrows, swamp sparrows, house sparrows, white-crowned sparrows, and white-throated sparrows, among others. Even the dark-eyed Junco is part of the North American…

Bringing Plants Inside for the Winter, Washing Your Plants
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Bringing Plants Inside for the Winter, Washing Your Plants

Greetings fellow gardeners,  It is time to decide what to bring inside and what to take to the compost. Even though my space is limited, I decided to bring a few of my annuals inside. As my fellow Master Gardener Mary Reid mentioned at her talk the other day, many of these annuals are perennials,…

How (And Why) You Can Grow Hemp At Home

How (And Why) You Can Grow Hemp At Home

Hemp, often overshadowed by its controversial cousin, marijuana, is a plant of many talents. Its fibers are transformed into textiles, paper, ropes, and innovative bioplastics. The seeds, often overlooked, are nutritional dynamos, teeming with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and a suite of minerals. And the flowers? They’re not just for show. They’re rich in cannabinoids,…

Lavender
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Lavender

Lavender, known for its fragrant purple flowers and silvery foliage, is a popular plant for gardens and landscapes. It’s relatively easy to care for and can be used in various applications, from landscaping to essential oil extraction. Here’s how to grow, care for, and propagate lavender: Growing Lavender Choosing the Right Location Sunlight: Lavender thrives…

Why Eye Care is Important for Keen Gardeners
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Why Eye Care is Important for Keen Gardeners

Gardening can be a relaxing opportunity to connect with nature, and it’s no surprise that more individuals have been taking up the cherished pastime in recent years. However, this tranquil activity is not entirely without its share of potential dangers. Certain plants, from leadwort to ragweed, can pose unexpected threats. Pollen and sap from these poisonous…

How to become a landscape photographer in Toronto: working in gardens
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How to become a landscape photographer in Toronto: working in gardens

Description: How do you turn your passion for landscape photography into a job? A step-by-step guide on how to make money capturing the beauty of gardens in Toronto. Where to find a job as a landscape photographer? Capturing natural beauty can be turned into a real means of earning a living. If you research the available photography…

Magnificent Cobalt-Blue Flowers of Lungwort Pulmonaria ‘Trevi Fountain’
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Magnificent Cobalt-Blue Flowers of Lungwort Pulmonaria ‘Trevi Fountain’

In spring, this magnificent, brightly silver-spotted beauty will produce profuse clusters of large cobalt-blue flowers. A knockout! It is our best, true dark-blue, and grows into a magnificent landscape specimen, according to TerraNova Nurseries. Great for use in a shade garden, mixed beds, shrubs with high branching, or woodland. Plants wilt quickly if the soil…

Dive into the fascinating world of botanical gardens and explore their hidden treasures.

Dive into the fascinating world of botanical gardens and explore their hidden treasures.

Botanical gardens are captivating and diverse spaces where the beauty of nature is carefully cultivated and displayed for the enjoyment and education of visitors. These gardens serve multiple purposes, including conservation, research, historical interpretation, and public education.  Botanical garden visitors are often motivated by recreational and leisure interests, including the pleasures of walking through enchanting…

Invasive Plants on the Ottawa River
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Invasive Plants on the Ottawa River

Author: Rebecca Last, Gardening at Last, Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton; published with permission On my morning walks with Miss Mango the Magnificent, I’ve noticed an increasing number of invasive plant species along the Ottawa River. So this morning, I took along my camera to document what I saw. Invasive Plant News from the IPBES The…

Canada’s Green Acres: Finding Your Perfect Farm for Sale

Canada’s Green Acres: Finding Your Perfect Farm for Sale

From British Columbia’s vineyards to Alberta’s wheat fields and Quebec’s dairy farms, Canada offers a variety of rural properties. However, as a prospective farm buyer, your journey to land-ownership can often be punctuated by intricacies and complexities. In this article, you’ll discover the importance of farmland in meeting food demands and learn about different land…

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