Advice

I Have A Lawn and Plan To Keep It

What an outrageous thing to ask homeowners everywhere to tear up their lawns and plant pollinator friendly native plants. Lawns do serve an important function. They help clean the air, trap carbon dioxide, reduce erosion from stormwater runoff, improve soil, … Continue reading

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Dahlias: A Little Book of Flowers

I would like to share information about a great little book that was recommended to me. It is called Dahlias: A Little Book of Flowers by Tara Austen Weaver. The book contains brief easy to read descriptions of the several … Continue reading

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Master Gardener Responses to Questions About Vegetables

Following the publication of our August newsletter, we had two excellent questions about 2 vegetables that are common to most backyard gardens. We want to share the responses with you. The first question is regarding pole beans that have reached … Continue reading

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Raised Vegetable Garden Beds

For years I have grown vegetables in raised garden beds, this was initially done to improve¬† the soil quality, make weed control easier and guard against a very active pest population. I worked with my father to build nine raised … Continue reading

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A Garden For The Rusty-Patched Bumblebee

  A few months ago, we published an article about the decline of the rusty-patched bumblebee and how we can help to improve the situaion for bumblebees in general. I mentioned that a book by Lorraine Johnson and Sheila Colla … Continue reading

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A Question About Lavender

One of our readers sent us a question asking about the best lavender to grow in our climate. The most hardy lavender for Ontario gardens is Lavandula angustifolia (English lavender),¬† hardy to zone 5. Lavender Hidcote is one of the … Continue reading

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