I’ve gone to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair every November since 1994, but it has only been the past few years I’ve noticed all the gardening and agricultural displays. I’ve always focussed on the horses, occasionally noticing the dogs, cows and other creatures, but my interests have expanded recently, and now I search out the […]
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Healthy bee colonies are important. Here’s what can we do to help make bees happy. Info about the role of urban bee colonies? She where honey come from.
Kat Fox taste-tests her way through the Tree and Twig Heirloom Vegetable Farm, and learns about the importance of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).
The recent Applewood Garden Tour in Mississauga, Ont., included the garden of Liz Primeau, a regular contributor to Garden Making and the author of several gardening books, as well as the gardens of two artists, which showed great creativity and artistic touches. Here are some of my favourite vignettes from these three gardens. […]
It’s time for an update on my first ever vegetable bed.
Beyond the usual roses and peonies, many plants make gorgeous arrangements for inside. Here are some tips for flower arrangements from your garden.
How to grow lupines. These plants are tall, colourful perennials.
This past Sunday was the Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society‘s annual plant sale, held at the Toronto Botanical Garden. With a lineup beginning almost an hour before the sale began, an overflowing parking lot and eager gardeners jostling through the aisles to get their must-haves before someone else did, it was the gardening event […]
There are some exciting new plants this year at all garden centres and nurseries, and here are some highlights of President’s Choice’s offerings (true to form, my new plants highlights are mostly edibles!)
Adding organic matter at the beginning, and regularly throughout the year, is the key to making happy and healthy soil.
The top of my refrigerator ended up being the only suitable place for starting seeds indoors, because it’s out of the way and close enough to the light.
First thing into the gardening journal was a list of all my seeds. I’ll keep track of progress in my gardening journal, and jot down any new ideas.
I wanted the bright red dogwood branches for displaying in front of the colourful walls in my apartment. Little did I know that I would end up accidentally forcing spring branches to bloom indoors, something I had never attempted before.
If you live in southern Ontario, you’ve probably heard of Sheridan Nurseries, one of the largest growers and garden centre retailers in Canada. This year, Sheridan celebrates its 100-year anniversary, and to commemorate the occasion, they’ll be selling a collection of anniversary plants, including a lilac, rose, hosta, heuchera and ninebark. Some of these new introductions are […]
There has been a bit of controversy lately over the maple leaf on the new $20 bill in Canada, and whether it represents the leaf of a native maple or a Norway maple, or it’s a stylized version of maple leaves in general. I’m not going to dip into this debate (if you’re interested, most […]
I stumbled upon a new gardening invention the other day on Kickstarter. Kickstarter is a website that helps get funding for creative and technological projects (films, books, restaurants, public space improvements, theatre, games, etc.). In the smallest of nutshells, a project gets posted on the site and anyone can click a few links to help […]
I went to Centennial Park Conservatory in Etobicoke, Ont. last week to see the mums on display at their annual chrysanthemum show. The gardeners at the conservatory get their cuttings of mums from Canadian sources, like the Royal Botanical Gardens and Toronto Botanical Garden. Mum plants will get smaller and less bountiful over the years, so […]
When I see the geraniums, grasses and sweet potato vines on Toronto sidewalks every year, I’ve never spent much time wondering where they all came from. One day in April, it’s leftover snow sludge and garbage debris in the city’s planting beds and containers, and then the next day, they’re full of colourful flowers and […]
We asked several well-known Canadian gardeners to describe the best gardening gifts they ever received, and for perfect gift ideas for new gardeners.
For many of us, it’s second nature to buy a peach grown nearby over one imported from the U.S. When you choose local produce, you’re supporting your own economy and you’re saving the extra environmental cost incurred when transporting produce from a long distance. And because the produce doesn’t travel as far, it’s usually in […]