Plant suggestions for Creating a Wildflower Garden
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Plant suggestions for Creating a Wildflower Garden

Creating a wildflower garden at your cottage is a fantastic way to enhance the natural beauty of the area, support local ecosystems, and enjoy low-maintenance plants that thrive in your local conditions. When selecting wildflowers, it’s crucial to choose species native to your region. Native plants will be adapted to the local climate and soil…

Gardening for Nature: Ecoregion Five
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Gardening for Nature: Ecoregion Five

Author: Julianne Labreche, Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton; published with permission “In the past, we have asked one thing of our gardens: that they be pretty. Now they have to support life, sequester carbon, feed pollinators, and manage water.” – Douglas Tallamy A fundamental change in thinking is happening among many Canadian gardeners. Gardening styles are…

Grow a Garden Full of Memories
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Grow a Garden Full of Memories

Author: Lee Ann Smith, Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton, Published with Permission However you define a garden oasis, I’d like to encourage you to grow some memories! Consider choosing specific plants to celebrate the people and places most important in your life. You can give yourself the pleasure of revisiting favourite friends, family members, events, and…

Keystone Plants Shrubs Ecoregion 5
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Keystone Plants Shrubs Ecoregion 5

Author: Penka Matanska, Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton; published with permission. “Restoring viable habitat within the humandominated landscapes that separate habitat fragments – with as much of this land as possible – is the single most effective thing we can do to stop the steady drain of species from our local ecosystems.” Douglas W. Tallamy For…

Wildflower and Native Plants: Are they the same?
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Wildflower and Native Plants: Are they the same?

Author: Nancy McDonald, Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton; published with permission It’s not only new gardeners who assume that wildflowers and native plants are the same. And that when we purchase a wildflower packet of seeds to plant, it will mean many years of bloom with very little gardening maintenance. We may be envisioning a meadow…

How To Create A Thriving Indoor Garden With Modern Planters  
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How To Create A Thriving Indoor Garden With Modern Planters  

Welcome to the world of indoor gardening!    If you’re looking to add a touch of greenery and a modern aesthetic to your humble abode, you’re in the right place. Indoor gardening is popular among plant enthusiasts, from beginners to apartment dwellers with limited outdoor space.    One of the key elements of creating a…

Hardening Off: Last Stop Before Planting Out
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Hardening Off: Last Stop Before Planting Out

Author: Rebecca Last, Gardening at Last, Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton; published with permission To the uninitiated, “hardening off” might sound like the name of a heavy metal band. In fact, it’s the final stage of preparation before you can plant your tender seedlings outside. I have fair skin and sunburn easily, so I always take…

Essential Farming Tools: A Checklist For Every Gardener
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Essential Farming Tools: A Checklist For Every Gardener

Gardening can be a rewarding yet challenging endeavor. Picture yourself knee-deep in soil. You’re wrestling with overgrown weeds or struggling to prune hard-to-reach branches. It’s a familiar scenario for many gardeners. This common struggle highlights the critical need for the right tools. This article provides a comprehensive checklist of essential farming tools. With the right…

Ten Common Gardening Mistakes
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Ten Common Gardening Mistakes

Author: Julianne Labreche, Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton; published with permission As any gardener knows, gardening mistakes are as common as dandelions. Heaven knows, I’ve made a fair share of them myself during nearly four decades of gardening. As the old saying goes, everyone makes mistakes, but wise people learn from them. Here are a few…

7 Dos And Don’ts Of Wiring Bonsai Trees
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7 Dos And Don’ts Of Wiring Bonsai Trees

Wiring shapes bonsai trees by training branches to grow in desired directions. Mastering the technique lets you shape your bonsai into aesthetically pleasing forms, but wiring incorrectly harms its delicate branches. Before you even grab your pliers, learn the essential dos and don’ts of wiring bonsai trees. This guide will help you choose the right…

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…

I want a fancy pond with my new bog plants
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I want a fancy pond with my new bog plants

I really want a fancy pond with my new bog plants planted carefully around it, the bullrushes trimmed, the thimbleberries cut back and not a buckthorn seedling in sight Greetings fellow gardeners,  Sometimes we must compromise. I really wanted long, white lacey curtains in the bathroom. So pretty. The curtains have been pulled down twice…

Photo of a weather station in a garden
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How can a Weather Station help Improve Your Garden?

Having a weather station in your garden can be beneficial for improving your gardening efforts. Here are several ways a weather station can help: Accurate local weather data A weather station provides you with real-time and localized weather data specific to your garden. This includes information like temperature, humidity, rainfall, wind speed, and solar radiation….

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