+ Amaryllis or Hippeastrum

How to Grow Amaryllis

Amaryllis or Hippeastrum is a gorgeous house plant to grow and gift during the holiday season. Bulbs are readily available in stores and come in many beautiful shades of red, pink, white, salmon and orange. Originally from South America, Amaryllis bulbs are fast and easy to grow indoors during the winter. They reward you with huge, long lasting, bold flowers on tall, sturdy stems. They… Read More


Attracting Hummingbirds to your Garden

Hummingbirds can be easily attracted to your garden by using a combination of feeders and plants. In this area, the ruby throated hummingbird is the most common species found. Hummingbirds are attracted to plants by flower colours and nectar, not fragrance and are especially attracted to certain shades of red. They are intensely curious and will not hesitate to approach any red object, even… Read More

+ Melons

Growing Watermelons and Cantaloupes

We can grow a variety of melons here in south west Ontario, including watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe. Melons do require a long, hot summer, so a little luck is needed with the weather, but there are also some tricks you can try to grow a successful crop. Fancy growing your own this summer? Here’s what to do: Start your own seeds indoors or purchase… Read More

+ tomatoes

Growing Warm Season Veggies

Late May to mid June is the time to plant the majority of veggies in your garden. By this time, the soil will have warmed up enough to stimulate root and shoot emergence from a seed or allow root growth from a transplant. Beets, beans, summer and winter squash, cucumber and pumpkin are veggies that can be purchased as plants or seeded directly into the… Read More


Gardening for Kids

Introducing children to gardening is a gift that will remain with the child the rest of their lives. I can still remember my Mum helping me plant seeds and take cuttings. My brother and I each had our own small gardens when young. (And look what happened – I have made a career and life out of growing plants!) A gift for life and… Read More

+ Cool season vegetables

Growing Cool Season Vegetables

Early to mid May is the time to plant the first veggie plants in your garden! Many new gardeners do not realize that several crops can be planted well before the last frost. These veggies are known as cool season veggies and although they can be planted later, they will establish and produce better if planted in cooler weather. They are easy to grow and are… Read More

Deer and Rabbit Resistant Plants

Most of us find out the hard way that hungry deer and rabbits will eat almost any plants. It can become a real problem, both in country gardens and also in more urban areas. Damage caused by deer and rabbits is not hard to identify – browsing deer often leave a jagged or torn surface on twigs and stems. Rabbit or rodent damage will… Read More

+ Custom Containers

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

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

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