Green thumb

Laura’s top ten tips for annuals  

1. Think short-term, for the win. Buy the annuals: enjoy the pop of colour all season. 2. Own the decision and buy the larger format. Bigger baskets/plants mean better results…

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Laura’s top ten spring gardening tips

Everyone seems to like lists these days, so here are Laura’s top ten spring gardening tips. A good spring cleanup will set the tone for your season. Rake, blow, clip,…

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Landscaping and maintenance for condo owners and others

Whether you just moved here, have bought a weekend place or are changing to a different property, we’re glad you are here! The landscaping (and possible maintenance) must have influenced…

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Floods, fires and pestilence

Landscape pests: chinch bugs and borers and scales and… Lawn It starts with patches that look like dog urine marks (but …no dog!) which join together. Result: patchy, ugly, dead…

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Let’s start by debunking a few myths. First, strange but true, the fact that rain is forecast does not mean you can count on it. If you have plants and…

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No-excuse composting

The Ville recently did a compost-sharing day, giving out the compost produced by their “Bac Brun” program. Great initiative! The David Suzuki Foundation says that 18 per cent of methane…

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Warm soil planting

Wow, spring sure arrived early this year! You may already be eating radishes and greens, and your carrots, beets, and friends should be coming along nicely. Didn’t get to it…

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Early spring veggies

Remember last spring’s mad rush to start vegetable gardens? We could not believe how much garden mix soil we sold! People seemed to want to embrace self-sufficiency, and many also…

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Okay…now what?

So, it’s late summer, and your veggie garden is going bonkers. You have more carrots and beets than you know what to do with…in fact, maybe you aren’t sure what…

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Deer time!

Summer would just not be summer without a rant from me about our destructive, voracious, but annoyingly picturesque deer. Lists of “deer-resistant” plants abound. In general, however, they are far…

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