How The Garden Fares And What I Have Learned This Year
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I can’t believe it’s mid-July already. Yet here we are, already beginning the height of the season. Like most gardeners, I’ve been busy with spring planting, pruning, weeding and watering. It seems like there is something to do every day … Read More

Maple Trees Will Grow Almost Anywhere
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I love my maple trees — whether the majestic red and sugar maples in our back woodland, our small hedge maple which provides shade near our patio garden or the even daintier red japanese maples that can survive the winds … Read More

The Peas Are Here — So Are The Deer
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We enjoyed our first snow peas today fresh from the garden but it was a close call. Two nights ago some deer climbed over our 3 foot fence and decided to have dinner. Their tasty meal consisted of just perfect, … Read More

Rainbow
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I have been a little to busy to blog lately (busy gardening of course) but had to post a picture of the beautiful double rainbow we enjoyed after a brief rainstorm today. Happy to see the rain — and the … Read More

San Marzano Plum Tomatoes Under Cloches
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We are trying to get a head start on the garden this year since planting everything in a two week time frame can be a bit overwhelming. I purchased 8 small San Marzano Plum tomatoes Monday from a local garden … Read More

Window Well Coldframe
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Unfortunately my coldframe was full of planted lettuce this spring so that meant no room to put my starter plants out to harden them off. Looking around I decided to use my window wells as cold frames and they worked … Read More

Worth The Wait – Flowering Dogwood
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I planted my Cornus Florida ‘Rubra’, flowering pink dogwood, in 2009 and have been waiting, not always patiently, ever since for it to bloom. With all the cold weather this year many of our spring blooming trees and shrubs have … Read More

83 Yards Of Mulch — Really!
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I’m starting to think perhaps I have too many garden beds. OK never mind, that’s just not possible but 83 yards of mulch does seem a little crazy. So we started out like this: 20 yards of mulch, delivered twice … Read More

The Red Admirals Are Here
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The people friendly Red Admiral butterfly is back in Ontario.  I’ve seen quite a few in the garden since early April but several were out today, I guess enjoying the return to good weather as was I.  Red Admiral caterpillars … Read More

Growing Celery in Ontario
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Always eager to try something new, I decided to try growing our own celery this year. I thought it would be nice to see if we could have our own fresh celery to add to potato salads during the summer … Read More

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