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

The Downy Mildew Story

Downy Mildew is a disease of plants that has started affecting certain commercially grown ornamental plants in Ontario over the last 5 or 6 years. Bedding Impatiens, so widely grown for their excellent performance in shade are one of the plants that have been particularly badly hit. Today, plants will be growing beautifully but tomorrow, suddenly wilt and die fast. There are theories that… 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