Highlights from Canada Blooms 2010

Highlights from Canada Blooms 2010

There is no lack of botanical inspiration at this year’s five-day extravaganza for gardeners Read more »

What I’m excited to see at Canada Blooms 2010

Indulge your passion for gardening with a trip to this bloom-filled annual event

Last year was my first attending Canada Blooms. I was like a kid in a candy store: exploring all the booths, attending some of the lectures and shopping in the market—oh, the market! I had to leave to prevent myself from seriously overspending. Read more »

Share your fare

A wave of “fresh and local” enthusiasm has inspired us all to grow our own food. And some gardeners are using their traditional veggie plot to make a difference—by sharing their space or donating over-abundant crops. Here are some ways you can use your green thumb to give back: [PDF of full article] Read more »

Get ready to move

The house is sold and you’re finding it hard to leave your garden behind.

Belinda Gallagher, head of horticulture at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario, and a former real estate agent, recommends planning ahead, especially if there are plants you’d like to move with you. [PDF of full article] Read more »

Measure your garden’s conditions

Whether your garden is a blank canvas waiting for colour, or an established landscape full of bushes and blooms—how do you measure its conditions? [read full article]

Published:
Growing Guide (February/March 2010) in Canadian Gardening magazine and on CanadianGardening.com
Notes: This piece was part of a ‘How To’ gardening package I wrote for the annual which has a different theme every year.

6 easy ways to organize a plant sale

If you have plants to spare, share them with your neighbours with these quick tips [read full article] Read more »

Know what’s stressing your plants

Plants exhibit signs of stress, just like we do. Paul Zammit, director of horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden, identifies three plant ailments and how to nurse plants back to health. [PDF of full article]

Published: Growing Guide (February/March 2010) in Canadian Gardening magazine
Notes: This piece was part of a ‘How To’ gardening package I wrote for the annual which has a different theme every year.

Grow your garden on a budget

Visit plant sales or swaps. Check local horticultural societies or garden clubs for annual sales. Besides offering plants that thrive in your area, you might get some free advice or growing tips. [PDF of full article]

Published:
Growing Guide (February/March 2010) in Canadian Gardening magazine
Notes: This piece was part of a ‘How To’ gardening package I wrote for the annual which has a different theme every year.

Know what you grow

Spotting invasive plants may be harder than you think

The words “invasive plant” might seem self-explanatory, but in fact there’s a lot more to them than one might think. “With the development of Invasive Plant Councils in Canada in the last several years, people have started thinking beyond just invasive plants and weeds infesting crops,” says David Clements, professor of biology and environmental studies at Trinity Western University in B.C. ‘Backyard’ invasive plants are still something to avoid. [PDF of full article]

Published:
Growing Guide (February/March 2010) in Canadian Gardening magazine
Notes: This piece was part of a ‘How To’ gardening package I wrote for the annual which has a different theme every year.

Coax a little spring out of your bulbs

Get spring started early by growing tulips, daffodils and other early bloomers indoors Read more »

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