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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Healthy Roots Make Healthy Plants

Healthy Roots Make Healthy Plants Garden Clippings for March 3, 2018 The trick to a healthy plant is not a trick at all.  It a well-known truth that healthy roots make healthy plants. The relationship between roots and stems is tight.  Without roots, the stem will not survive and without the stem, roots will have…

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Choosing Tomatoes

Choosing Tomatoes Garden Clippings for Feb 24, 2018 Tomatoes continue to be the most popular plant in the veggie garden.  But there is a bewildering array of varieties to choose from.  How do I make the best choice? To untangle the confusion in tomatoes, consider their taste and texture, growth habit, disease resistance, and days…

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Ski Club

Ski Club Garden Clippings for Feb 17, 2018 Winter is not my favorite time of year.  Far too cold for my liking.  It gets dark before supper and darkness lingers till after breakfast.  The snow is a nuisance.  And all through winter, I can’t watch things grow. Winter is not my favorite time of year. …

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Indoor Succulents

Indoor Succulents Garden Clippings for Feb 10, 2017 It’s my job to water the indoor plants at home.  I don’t mind at all, because it can be done in a jiffy, and doesn’t need to be done often. The big Peace Lily (spathiphyllum) is the thirstiest of all, requiring water about once a week.   I…

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Costa Farms

Costa Farms Garden Clippings for February 3, 2018 The surge in popularity of tropical plants is suiting the Florida growers just fine, thank you very much.  So strong is the surge that growers are increasingly unable to fill orders, prices are edging upwards and growers are scrambling to increase production. A decade ago, when the…

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Talk to Plants

Talk to Plants Garden Clippings for Jan 27, 2018 Does it really help to talk to your plants? Grandmothers are always right, but on the theory of plants growing better because they are being talked to, she might be wrong.  It’s an age old theory, but so far there is no solid conclusive evidence that…

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