Late But Perfect
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Spring may have arrived late this year but it has been almost picture perfect. For the past several years, unseasonably warm weather in April and early May meant that most plants began to leaf out and put on blooms early, … Read More

Frost Ready – Again
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I don’t care what the calendar says or what the weather was like yesterday, you can always count on a good chance of frost in southern Ontario even into the end of May. Having said that, I always jump the … Read More

Back With A Fresh Start, And A New Fence
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I’ve been away from garden blogging for a while. Having returned to work this past winter my energies were focused elsewhere and that meant taking a break from gardening and garden blogging. Perhaps that’s healthy. I’m now ready to start … Read More

Knowing When To Cut Back
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It has been a terrific summer to enjoy the outdoors this year and at the same time it has been a busy summer for most gardeners. Flower pots had to be watered constantly, often twice daily, to keep up with … Read More

Evolution Of A Gardener
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I recognize that I am still relatively new to the gardening thing, having only gardened for about 12 years. Yet in that time, my approach to gardening has evolved. Cycles of hot-dry, cold-wet weather teach you a lot about gardening … Read More

Sun Begonias Deliver In The Heat
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My new favourite annuals are sun begonias. I’ve always liked begonias but with very little shade, and our hot dry and often humid summers, they just don’t do well in my yard. Enter what to me are new sun begonias. … Read More

Growing Celery – The Grand Experiment
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I first outlined our plans to grow celery in our garden in my Growing Celery in Ontario post in early May. Well I’m happy to say that the experiment in growing celery our first time has been a huge success. … Read More

Rabbits in the, uh, garden?
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Here’s one way to perhaps feed the rabbits and keep them out of the garden. I woke up one morning this week to find this fellow in a bucket that I use to collect pruned and deadheaded materials before taking … Read More

It’s A Girl Thing
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Every gardener knows that no matter how many gloves you buy and how careful you are about it, dirt ends up under and all over your fingernails and ground into your skin. I wear gloves for heavy work, but otherwise … Read More

Wind-proof Umbrella Stand
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Living in the country has its unique challenges and one of them is wind. Even on a rather normal summer day, gusty breezes come up quickly, making it almost impossible to maintain an umbrella in our wide open pool area. … Read More

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