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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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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