Category Archives: Lawn & Garden Care

STARTING SEEDS INDOORS

Select your seeds and plan to start them in a warm area approximately six to eight weeks before the last frost date is expected in your area. Choose containers with adequate drainage.  Loosely fill containers with Potting Mix and gently … Continue reading

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CONTAINER GARDEN MAINTENANCE TIPS

by The Savvy Experts All of us at Savvy Gardening enjoy putting together multiple container gardens each year. Some are full of veggies or berries, some show off interesting flower and foliage combos, and others feature both edibles and ornamentals—or, as we like to call them, garden … Continue reading

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HOW TO IDENTIFY & CONTROL TOMATO PLANT DISEASE

by Jessica Walliser Tomato growers are a passionate bunch. Some of us spend long hours combing over seed catalogs and nursery benches full of plants to select the perfect tomato varieties for our garden. We plant, tend, prune, fertilize, stake, and otherwise … Continue reading

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ZUCCHINI GROWING PROBLEMS

by Jessica Walliser Zucchini and other soft-skinned summer squashes are usually pretty easy to grow. But, gardeners do sometimes face struggles with these productive crops. Perhaps your vines stopped producing in mid summer? Or the fruits were small or deformed? Or … Continue reading

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THE SECRET HEALTH BENEFITS OF FLOWERS

By: Bianca Vierra on 07.25.2018 NEWS Flowers are often reserved for special occasions and the part of our spending budget that we label frivolous. But what if you were told that flowers can actually bring health benefits? Would you purchase them … Continue reading

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PLANTING A TOMATO SEEDLING

Stealing this video link and directions for planting tomato seedlings from Mark Cullen’s Gardening Week spot on Canada AM.  Here, he shares his recipe for growing great tomatoes.   My recipe for the best tomatoes on the block: — Buy … Continue reading

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WHY NO IMPATIENS?

I get asked this question almost daily at our garden centre — “Where are the Impatiens?”.  For the answer, Mark Cullen says it best and offers his suggestions for alternatives to impatiens in your gardens and planters.  This is from … Continue reading

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THE BENEFITS OF MULCH IN YOUR GARDENS

Mulch is a great weed suppressant:  A nice, thick layer of mulch inhibits weeds in two important ways.  First, by thoroughly covering the soil and depriving weed seeds of the light they need to germinate, mulch prevents them from gaining … Continue reading

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KILLING DANDELIONS AND WEEDS IN YOUR LAWN

Dandelions are starting to show their bright, yellow faces this spring and like it or not, they’re going to make their annual appearance in our lawns.  Whether you can tolerate their short-lived bloom or endure watching their wispy seed pods … Continue reading

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Mark Cullen’s May Garden To-Do List

Mark Cullen is an expert gardener, author, broadcaster and garden editor of Reno and Decor magazine. Get his free monthly newsletter at markcullen.com, and watch him on CTV Canada AM every Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. Follow him on Twitter @MarkCullen4 … Continue reading

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STARTING YOUR NEW “GREEN CARPET” LAWN

Spring is here and you are tired of looking out your window at the dirt and mud surrounding your home. You can’t wait to have that beautiful green carpet beckoning you outdoors this summer. Well, you can have that lawn … Continue reading

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GRUB DAMAGE IN YOUR LAWN THIS SPRING?

                                              Do you have animals digging up your lawn, crows congregating and pecking in the grass or have you found shallow tunnels exposed after the snow melted?  These are all signs that your lawn is … Continue reading

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MARK CULLEN’S GUIDE TO CHOOSING VEGETABLE SEEDS

By: Mark Cullen Gardening, Published on Thurs., March 13, 2014 — Toronto Star It may seem early for me to say this, but now is the time for gardeners to think about what they are going to grow this season. But there are … Continue reading

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PANSIES — My Favourite Way to Bring in the Spring!

Pansies are one of the most popular and recognizable cool weather annuals. Breeding has produced pansies that are better able to stand up to the cold, but there hasn’t been much luck producing more heat tolerant varieties. Many pansies are … Continue reading

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TURNING YOUR LAWN INTO A “GREEN CARPET” THIS SPRING

A thick, full lawn that is richly green provides a safe and cushioned surface for family activities — it also spiffs up the curb appeal.  Healthy, green turf also prevents soil erosion on slopes, filters contaminants from rainwater, absorbs many … Continue reading

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CARING FOR YOUR “GREEN CARPET” LAWN

Do you want that perfect weed-free, green lawn that is the envy of everyone on the block?  Everyone wants their lawn to be a rich even colour with nary a weed poking its nasty head through the surface.  If you … Continue reading

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CORN GLUTEN MEAL AS WEED CONTROL?

Corn gluten meal is a great fertilizer —  but its value as a weed control product is marginal.   Due to the Ontario Pesticide Ban, there has been an increased demand for organic weed control products and the use of … Continue reading

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GLYPHOSATE: A CARCINOGEN?

This blog article is copied from ‘A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A FARMER’ blog post that I thought I’d share due to the recent hype around RoundUp being labelled as a human carcinogen.   Every once in a while, … Continue reading

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THINGS TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN IN SEPTEMBER

***This list is courtesy of Mark Cullen 🙂 Peonies. September is ‘peony splitting’ month.  If you have one that is too big for the space that it is in or if you just want to move it, now is the time. … Continue reading

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CORN GLUTEN MEAL AS WEED CONTROL?

Corn gluten meal is a great fertilizer — but its value as a weed control product is marginal. Due to the Ontario Pesticide Ban, there has been an increased demand for organic weed control products and the use of corn … Continue reading

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HOW TO PREPARE YOUR ROSES FOR WINTER

Cold-Climate Instructions:   1. In early fall, stop cutting roses and let plants form hips (seedpods) as they prepare naturally for winter. 2. After the first frost in fall, protect plants from the potential damage caused by freezing and thawing cycles by piling soil over … Continue reading

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FALL CHECKLIST FOR YOUR GARDEN, HOME & FARM

Fall has officially arrived with its first killing frost taking away any last remnants of our summer flowers, planters and baskets leaving us all with lots of clean-up and winter preparation work to consider around the farm and in the … Continue reading

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CORN GLUTEN MEAL AS WEED CONTROL?

Corn gluten meal is a great fertilizer — but its value as a weed control product is marginal.   Due to the Ontario Pesticide Ban, there has been an increased demand for organic weed control products and the use of … Continue reading

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