Garden how-to guide

From controlling chickweed and fairy rings to planting bulbs and pruning lilacs, you’ll find step by step answers.

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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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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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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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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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Growing tomatoes

When to plant tomatoes The growing season in most of Alberta is about four months (mid May to  mid September) so tomato gardeners usually give their plants a head start indoors. Starting the seeds in March should allow enough time…
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Mushrooms in lawn

Fairy rings in the lawn

What are fairy rings? Fairy rings, also known as fairy circles or pixie rings in lawns and pastures may be caused by one of many species of fungi present in the soil but the mushroom fungus (specifically Maramius oreades) is…
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Garden how-to guide, Lawn Care

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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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