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Starting Plants from Seed

Many Canadian gardeners start seeds indoors in January and February — then we’re ready to get out there by the time May long weekend rolls around! When to start seeds indoors 1. Check the estimated last-date-for-frost here: last frost dates…
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Fun facts about plants, Garden how-to guide, The basics

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Attract hummingbirds to your garden

Interesting facts about hummingbirds Hummingbirds are fascinating little birds! Scientists study them, photographers love them as subjects and gardeners go to great lengths to attract them. Hummingbirds are among the smallest birds on the planet and they live in the…
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Garden Accents

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Caring for Lilacs

When lilacs bloom in Southern Alberta, it’s usually getting close to the May long weekend. That also means it’s time to get the garden, shrubs and patio plants going. If you’ve thought putting in lilacs but are worried about when…
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Garden Accents, Garden how-to guide, The basics

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Tomato trivia

Fun and interesting facts about tomatoes! One reason we love the flavor of the tomato as much as we do, is their  combined acidity and sweetness. During photosynthesis, glucose (sugar) plus citric and malic acids are produced by the leaves…
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Canadian Gardens, Fun facts about plants, Garden Accents, The basics

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Indoor gardening

If outdoor gardening is out of the question, try growing your favorite plants indoors. Once you’ve had a salad made with home grown leafy greens and fragrant herbs, you’ll be hooked on indoor gardening. Best location for your indoor garden…
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Canadian Gardens, Garden how-to guide, The basics

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Attract birds to your winter garden

Winter may not be through with us yet, but a backyard bird feeder will attract the birds that stay up north for the winter plus add interest and activity to the yard. Bird Feeder Ideas Plant hangers holding a pie…
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Garden Accents

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Nymphaea mexicana

How to care for water lilies

Water lilies (botanical name: Nymphaea) add beauty to your pond or water garden. They provide shade and shelter for the fish, and they oxygenate the water, reduce algae and act as a natural water filter. Tropical water lilies Tropical water…
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Fun facts about plants, Garden Accents, Garden how-to guide, The basics

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Plant Hardiness Zones

Before you plan your spring garden, it’s helpful to know your plant hardiness zone. Hardiness zones are defined by the average climatic conditions of the region; knowing your zone will help you determine whether or not a particular plant will…
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Canadian Gardens, Garden how-to guide, The basics

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Facts about zucchini

I thought I knew a thing or two about zucchini. But I had questions so I dug around and found some very interesting answers! I even discovered answers to questions I would not have thought to ask! So, in quick…
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Fun facts about plants, The basics

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Basket of Strawberries

Strawberries: getting ready for winter

Overwintering strawberries Strawberries are perennial plants, hardy to zone 2 as long as the roots are well insulated in winter. They need a period of dormancy during the winter months so after the first frost start thinking about getting the…
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Garden how-to guide

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How to get rid of crabgrass and quackgrass

What’s the difference between crabgrass and quackgrass? To effectively get rid of weed grasses from the lawn it helps to understand their life cycle; this is a brief look at two common weed grasses. Crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis) is the annoying…
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Garden how-to guide, Lawn Care

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Get rid of aphids organically

Dealing with aphids organically

One day your plants look fine and the next day aphids are sucking the life out of them! Aphids puncture the cell walls of young plants draining cells dry, spreading plant viruses and eventually killing the plant. Species and colors…
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Garden how-to guide, Plant problems

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