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Attract birds to your winter garden

Winter may have just begun but the yard doesn’t have to be lifeless for the next few chilly months. A backyard bird feeder will attract the birds that stay up north for the season and add interest and activity to…
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Garden Accents

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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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Dandelions in the lawn

The common dandelion (botanical name: Taraxacum officinale) is found in temperate regions all over the world. It is a tap-rooted biennial or perennial plant and is entirely edible in fact dandelion leaves are high in vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium,…
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Garden how-to guide, Lawn Care

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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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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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Canadian Gardens, 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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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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Fun facts about plants, In Other News

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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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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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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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