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Book Review: Lichens (By R. Troy McMullin)

You will never again overlook the intricate structures of lichens on your garden’s rocks and trees once you have delved into Lichens: The Macrolichens of Ontario and the Great Lakes Region of the United States.  Published by Firefly Books in … Continue reading

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Outdoor Planting in Winter for Spring Seedlings

Christine Westbrook provides her first try at winter sowing: I am new to the winter planting scene and hope that it works! Any type of container will do. Drill holes in top and bottom and cut the sides to make … Continue reading

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Overwintering Rosemary

To overwinter potted rosemary in a cold climate consider these steps. Firstly, prune the plant lightly to reduce stress and encourage compact growth.  Place the pot in a sunny location, preferably near a south-facing window, ensuring it receives at least … Continue reading

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Care For Poinsettias

No plant is more representative of the holiday season than the poinsettia.  They are native to Mexico and typically bloom in December. It has become known as the “Christmas Plant”. With the right care, your poinsettia will continue to bloom … Continue reading

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Organic Material – Soil’s Best Friend

Organic material is essential to soil. It provides nutrients for growing plants and is beneficial to earthworms and microorganisms which aid in water and nutrient retention. It also minimizes compaction of the soil by creating pore space. Composting Compost is … Continue reading

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City Trees and Soils Have An Important Role In Fighting Climate Change

  Our forests absorb more CO2 from the atmosphere than they contribute.  This makes them a key player in controlling global temperatures. Studies are looking at just what environments optimize this natural process and how humans can capitalize. Even though … Continue reading

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