Animal pests — such as deer, voles, squirrels and rabbits — have appetites for flowers, vegetables, shrubs and trees. Many gardeners discourage visits from pests by applying the Plantskydd animal repellent solution to their plants.
Tips for gardeners
Hard-working pruners (secateurs) need some pampering to be rejuvenated. How to clean, sharpen, and care for garden tools so they can perform their best.
Dormant oils are useful for treating overwintering eggs of insects. However, not all trees and shrubs tolerate dormant oil.
Not all bugs in your garden are bad, but here are 10 pests to pay attention to so you can reduce damage to your plants.
If you wheeze and sneeze when you set foot in the garden, just think about sex — plant sex, that is. Tips on how to make an allergy-free garden.
Many gardeners are installing pollen bee nests to encourage pollination. 6 tips for pollen bee nests.
If you have gaps in your gardens, or want to re-fresh your containers, July can be a good time to bargain shop for good plants at reputable garden centres.
Evergreen shrubs and trees might give the impression that they’re tough and resilient, but evergreens require protection to avoid winter injuries.
Nova Scotia gardener Jim Smith shows the joy of sharing plants with a Dominion Day rose. Its red-and-white striped buds normally open on Canada Day.
“Will it grow in my zone?” is the pertinent question about plant hardiness for perennials. The lines on the maps for zones are changing, slowly.
The conifer needles that fall on Judith Adam’s property remain where they fall on soil or lawn, making a soft mulch.
Saving seeds can be as easy as collecting and drying pepper seed, and safely packaging them. It is a bit more complicated to save tomato seed.
Many gardeners are eager to learn more about using coir as a substitute for peat moss. Coir is a layer of plant fibre contained in the husk of coconuts.
Japanese beetles enjoy eating the leaves of more than 200 different plants and trees, and they feast on roses. We use nematodes to try to control our Japanese beetle population.
There may be an organization near you eager to share the harvest or pick that fruit to distribute or sell in your community.
Solitary bees, especially mason bees (Osmia lignaria), are buzzing to the rescue. These native bees are easy to attract.
When planting trees, what’s often overlooked is how to plant a tree at the right depth. This is important for tree health.
If you decide to install a path or walkway yourself, here are some of the tools you should have on hand.
Raised beds for gardening — beds with soil higher than the surrounding area — are a popular way to corral the chaos in vegetable or cutting gardens.
A garden coach helps people become better gardeners. A coach is an extra tool for people who like to garden, but need some expert guidance.