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Bare Root Planting

This is an excellent time to plant container grown trees and shrubs and as well, bare root stock. Bare root material is handled differently than container grown but still rather easy to work with. Some gardeners may shy away from this method of planting but I for one think it’s…

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Oil Me Up

Fruit trees and in particular apples, require attention in the very early season while they are still dormant. Many of the common diseases and fungal issues overwinter on the tree, just waiting for the warmth of spring to spread their ‘joy’. Perhaps the most common of all applications is a…

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Feed the Birds

The earliest buds are bursting and for most of the country, spring is definitely in the air. Migrating birds, such as the Robins, announce that it’s time to enjoy the outdoors. Bird feeders that have supplied the winter flocks with seed and suet may need some tending now and in…

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Renewing the Coddled and Pampered

Many gardeners have coddled and pampered select plants through the winter indoors. As bedraggled as the may appear, the increasing sun will surely perform miracles. If you are repotting your prize treasures and using an artificial mix such as ProMix, use warm water to re-hydrate the mix. The absorption rate…

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German Iris

German Iris seem to have a remarkable resistance to everything from pet disasters to rather poor soil conditions. Late March is the time that I start dividing and/or moving German Iris. These tough garden workhorses require division rather often to encourage the best show of flowers. The root structure of…

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Chomping at the Bit

March is such an inconsistent month weather-wise, often we find ourselves chomping at the bit to get something accomplished in the garden. If you are fortunate enough to have a dedicated gardening shed or potting shed, this is an ideal time to take stock. Typically, there are pots to clean…

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Hellebores

Hellebores may well be poking their noses through the snow in late February. These marvelous perennials are best known for their tolerance to drought and neglect, does it get any better? They are sensitive to poor drainage, so a regular review of conditions is wise as the season progresses. Hailed…

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Drying Up

Desiccation or drying of foliage can be more of a concern in February as the sun is gradually becoming stronger. Evergreen trees and shrubs, particularly those growing in southern or western exposure should be checked for damage. If there is damage the foliage will appear discoloured, brown and in severe…

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A New Year’s Plan

We as gardeners and garden lovers need little to prod us along into developing a new garden, addition to or expansion of. There are few things that I enjoy more than scheming and dreaming of what could be done with this corner or how that spot would look if this…

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Holidays Ahead

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season and seemingly ever-increasing materialism often leave thoughts of the garden at the back doorstep. Actually, this is a great time of the year for like minded gardeners to share their bounty. Homemade jams and jellies made by you from the fruit grown…

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Winter Work

As the winter weather closes in and the gardening season draws to a close, a well-deserved breath of relaxation is due. This is an excellent time of the year to review the successes of this year’s garden and perhaps some of the less than successful endeavors. Keeping a record of…

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Wild Crafting

As we shut down our gardens for a well-deserved rest, those empty containers can be revitalized for the colder season. Trimmings from shrubs such as Redosier Dogwood, Corkscrew Hazelnut and the many Willow varieties can make a very pleasing “Wild Crafted” decoration. Thin Birch logs or twigs offer a great…

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Fall Cleanup

Many gardeners spend the dwindling days of autumn fussing and cleaning up their perennial gardens. Having a neat and tidy perennial bed may look lovely however there are many more benefits to a less manicured look. Leaving taller grasses and perennials such as Rudbeckia, Echinacea and Phlox will catch and…

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