Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes Garden Clippings for June 2, 2018 Lucky me.  I’m not much bothered by mosquitos.  Oh, I’ve been bitten plenty times, but if I am with others, they will invariably be targeted before me. The good news is that there are several plants that do a fine job of repelling mosquitos.  Lavender is top of…

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Thea

Thea Garden Clippings for May 26, 2018 Thea DeGroot was a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For me, one of her most outstanding qualities was her teaching.  Thea taught at Sarnia Christian School, John Knox Christian School and then switched to adult education primarily at Aamjiwnaang First Nation. But even…

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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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