Compost Leaves

Compost Leaves Garden Clippings for November 10, 2018 All those fallen leaves.  Kids love them.  We adults have a love/hate relationship with leaves.  We love the looks of them and we appreciate the positive role they play in nature, but the job of cleaning them up is often overwhelming. Those of us who dutifully rake…

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Moving

Moving? Garden Clippings for November 3, 2018 Thinking of moving?  Working with a real estate agent?  Your realtor will ask you all kinds of questions:  How many bedrooms do you want?  A formal dining room?  Attached garage?  Two storey, split level or bungalow?   Proximity to schools? What your realtor will likely not ask you is…

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Rotary Trees

Rotary Trees Garden Clippings for October 27, 2018 It was the second Saturday in November 2017, when a crowd of Rotarians from the 3 Sarnia Rotary Clubs descended upon Holy Trinity and Lansdown Schools to plant 100 trees.  The weather was cool and damp but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the volunteers who started…

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Grow Your Own

Grow Your Own Garden Clippings October 20, 2018 Experience is the best teacher. To set the record straight, I’ve had no experience growing Cannabis. None. But, I’ve had my fair share of teachers. Teachers have been easy to spot, they usually come in twos, mostly males and not well dressed. The toque was a dead…

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Asters

Asters Garden Clippings for October 13, 2018 A month ago, it was Goldenrods.  They filled ditch banks and meadows everywhere.  They were so plentiful that it seemed there was little room for anything else. Today it is the Blue Aster that surprises us as we drive down the countryside.  They appear as early as September…

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Glorious Grasses

Glorious Grasses Garden Clippings for October 6, 2018 It’s October and the garden is tired.  Even though we have not yet had a frost, the annuals in my hanging baskets are toast.  Many of the containers on the patio are looking worse for ware, save for the Coleus and Lantana.  The Hydrangea blooms that performed…

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White Baneberry

White Baneberry Garden Clippings for September 29, 2018 Everybody knows what a Trillium is.   The distinctive and simply beautiful pure white leaves of three are admired by all, especially residents of Ontario.  The fact that Trilliums are not very plentiful and only bloom briefly undoubtedly adds to their charm. But when a Trillium plant is…

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Fall Vegetables

Fall Vegetables Garden Clippings for September 22, 2018 Peppers were the absolute winner in our backyard veggie garden this year.  Never have I seen such a bumper crop.  We have been picking peppers for a month and the harvest is showing no signs of letting up anytime soon. For years we have struggled with peppers. …

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Chrysanthemums

Mums Garden clippings for September 15, 2018 Mums are the boss of the fall garden.  That’s a good thing, because despite all good efforts, some of my garden’s annual flowers are looking worse for ware.  I’ll add a few mums here and there to fill the weak spots and introduce a pop of new colour. …

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Stinkhorn

Stinkhorn Garden Clippings for Sept 8, 2018 Why would Iris have a carrot in her garden?  The upside-down carrot poked its head out of Iris’s patch of Ajuga groundcover.  It was bright orange, almost red, about 6 or 7 inches long with a black, slimy tip. Iris was not a vegetable gardener and it made…

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