Fertilize your Annuals!

Keep your plants happy So now you have your annuals planted – either in the ground or containers. Believe it or not the most important care that you can give them is not deadheading or watering – it’s fertilizing! Well, watering would be good idea too… with your fertilizer! There are two types of fertilizer. Slow release granules are placed on the soil or… Read More

Attracting Butterflies to your Garden

Butterflies are some of the most beautiful and interesting creatures on earth and can be easily attracted to your garden. Like any living creature, they have certain habitat and food preferences. Below are some tips to get you started planning your butterfly habitat. Butterfly Habitat Sun and shelter are important. Butterflies cannot fly in wind or rain and prefer sunny and calm or gently… Read More

Attract Bees to Your Garden

Most gardeners are familiar with the vital role that bees and other pollinators play within the ecosystem. Bees are amazing pollinators – in addition to the familiar honeybee, there are about 4000 species of native or wild bees in North America including bumblebees, carpenter bees, sweat bees, leafcutter bees and mason bees. However, due to causes that are still not fully understood, bee populations… Read More

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How to Design Amazing Containers

Planting your own containers can be a fun and rewarding activity! Well designed and planted containers should thrive until frost – just follow these guidelines for success! Light Requirements: Will your container be growing in full sun, part sun or full shade? Ensure you only use suitable plants. Plant Habit: When choosing plants, include a ‘Thriller’, ‘Filler’ and a ‘Spiller’. This combination of an… Read More

How to start a beginner veggie garden

The benefits of home grown produce are huge – cheaper, fresher, more flavourful and extremely satisfying! If you’re new to vegetable gardening, don’t be daunted – these simple guidelines are easy to follow and intended for beginner veggie gardeners. Choose your location and size Choose a level site with at least 8 hours of direct sun. Close to the house is preferable as usually… Read More

Cut Flower Transplants

Grow your own bouquets this summer! As most of you know, the Flower Farm was originally established in 1993 to grow flowers for cutting and drying. Over the years, as our business evolved and priorities changed, we stopped the field production (2001) and limited the sale of transplants to custom orders (2012). Over the last couple of years however, it seems as if people… Read More

Why is my Hydrangea not blooming?

One of the most common questions that we are asked by visitors to the farm is ‘Why is my Hydrangea not blooming?’ It’s a fair enough question – I work with plants every day and I am still learning – Hydrangeas used to be so easy! 10 years ago there were only a few varieties, but in the past few years, plant breeders have… Read More

Spring garden clean up – start early!

Spring is definitely the crazy time in the garden. Once the warmer weather is on us, plants start to grow fast, weeds can be hard to keep up with and the feeling of being overwhelmed can quickly develop, and the season has barely started! The key to spring survival is to start early! Completing a thorough clean up in your gardens in April can… Read More

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Growing Fruit Bushes

There has been a real resurgence in veggie gardening over the past few years and by all accounts the trend will continue as more people discover the joys of growing and tending their own veggies. Not only can veggie gardening become a rewarding and all consuming hobby, but it provides a selection of healthy, cheap, fresh and delicious produce. Veggies are terrific, but what… Read More

Aphid Control

Aphids are common insect pests in this area. They can attack a huge range of plants – outdoor plants, indoor plants, ornamentals or edibles. Trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and veggies can all be affected. Aphids can be a real nuisance in gardens, especially as the temperature warms up in the summer. The aphid itself is a soft bodied insect, about 2mm long which feeds… Read More