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…

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,…

On Pruning and Deadheading Daffodils, Tulips, Lilac and Viola
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On Pruning and Deadheading Daffodils, Tulips, Lilac and Viola

This year I am determined to do my best to deadhead my flowers. If you take off the dead flowers you will get more and more flowers. Greetings fellow gardeners, This has been a scary week. When I went outside on Tuesday morning it smelled like a campfire. It was dark and the sky looked…

January Plant of the Month: Red Osier Dogwood
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January Plant of the Month: Red Osier Dogwood

This hardy, ornamental shrub is my plant choice for January as it can be depended upon to deliver vibrant red colour to the winter landscape. At about 5-6’ tall and wide, this particular dogwood (also known as Red-twig) features a number of notable attributes including stunning fall leaf colour, attractive berries for the birds, vibrant…

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