After Planting

After Planting Garden Clippings for May 19, 2018 The flowers have been bought. The garden beds have been weeded and we’re ready to plant.  What’s next? How do I make sure the plants are off to a healthy start? Soil preparation is key to success when planting flowers and vegetables.  Adding manure, triple mix, peat…

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May Two-Four

May Two-Four Garden Clippings for May 12, 2018 The Victoria Day Monday, May two-four weekend has always been Southwestern Ontario’s unofficial frost-free date.  In just a week, gardeners everywhere will be planting everything from Maples to Marigolds. But here’s your warning:  don’t get too ambitious.  April has been the coldest on record and there are…

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Coriander

Coriander Garden Clippings for May 5, 2018 As time goes on I find that I am becoming more of a foodie.  Oh, there’s plenty times that I come home after work and prepare the no-brainer tried and true meat and potatoes dinner that I can whip up in a hurry.  But now more than ever,…

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Basil

Basil – Garden Clippings for April 28, 2018 For Cheryl it’s Coriander and for me it’s Basil.  She can’t get enough of the first and I can’t get enough of the latter.  So, we grow both in a garden patch right outside the deck. Basil is the go-to herb that has taken the place of…

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Sump Pump

Sump Pump Garden Clippings for April 21, 2018 Sump pumps everywhere have been running full tilt for the past week and won’t get a rest until April showers subside.  And as long as the sump pump is doing its job, basements will remain dry and we have little to worry about. But sump pumps are…

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Oak Wilt #3

Oak Wilt #3 Garden Clippings for April 14, 2018 Sarnia City Council did an oops.  If they knew then what we know now, they would have approved the proposed tree preservation by-law at their October 2017 meeting. At issue is Oak Wilt, a nasty pathogen that is busy attacking Oak trees in all the Northeastern…

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Oak Wilt

Oak Wilt – April 7, 2018 Garden Clippings “On Canada’s doorstep.” Those are the words Phillip Kurzeja used when he spoke to the audience at the March 28 information session discussing Oak Wilt.  The education event was put on by the City of Sarnia and was geared to arborists, nursery workers, tree enthusiasts and those…

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Seed Starting

Seed Starting Garden Clippings for March 24, 2018 Greenhouse operators who specialize in growing bedding plants run full tilt during March and April. By the end of April we relax only a bit, giving new plants time to grow in anticipation of the busy selling season which unofficially begins on Victoria Day weekend. About half…

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Lent

Lent Garden Clippings for March 17, 2018 What did I give up for Lent? For those not familiar, Lent is the 40-day period of fasting and preparation leading up to Easter celebration. Many Christians use the time of Lent to give up a luxury of sorts. Often it is a food item that’s given up,…

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Water Bill

Water Bill Garden Clippings for March 10, 2018 Don’t ever complain about your water bill.  Ever.  Our most recent household water bill was $133.66 and when I sent it up for payment, I wondered for only a minute how something so valuable could be delivered to my faucet so inexpensively. Most of us take water…

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