My blog: The Budding Gardener

Since 2008 I have been writing a novice gardening blog called The Budding Gardener on CanadianGardening.com. Coined by former Canadian Gardening editor-in-chief Aldona Satterthwaite, it was created as a column of sorts where I would write about all my adventures in the garden. As someone who is new to gardening, everything is still fun and fascinating and fresh to me. Read more »

CG Dossier: Focus on Northern Alberta

Discover Slave Lake and Athabasca

Connect with nature by exploring these two regions in the heart of Canada’s boreal forest. From fishing and bird watching to kayaking and offroading, this is a place where you can leave the hubbub behind and chart your own outdoor adventure. [PDF of full article] Read more »

Fresh gift ideas for Mom

Trying to brainstorm a unique Mother’s Day gift? Browse through these garden-inspired ideas for every budget. Read more »

Essential gardening books for 2010

Add one or all of these fantastic new gardening tomes to your library

Grow Great Grub
Organic Food From Small Spaces
By Gayla Trail

I really wish I knew about Gayla’s first book, You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening, when I first bought my house. Gayla has a way of making gardening sound so fun and easy and attainable. This fantastic follow-up inspires readers to grow their own fruits, veggies, herbs and edible flowers. [read full article] Read more »

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 »

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