Mealy Bugs

Mealy Bugs Garden Clippings for January 25, 2020 Growing tropical plants in our northern homes is a joy.  Indoor plants bring life into our stark living spaces.  Purifying the air is an added bonus. But just like our outdoor landscape plants, sometimes insects invade, feeding off indoor gardens.  And while many insects pose no threats,…

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Easiest Houseplants to Grow

Easiest Houseplants to Grow Garden Clippings for January 18, 2020 Not surprisingly, January is a big month for indoor plants.  The busy holiday season is behind us and it has been a few months since we have seen anything green.  Weather is dismal.  Days are short and our lives are nearly void of sunshine. Tropical…

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Art Teasel Wildlife Refuge

Art Teasel Wildlife Refuge Garden Clippings for Jan 11, 2020 A walk in the woods is not a guaranteed cure for the winter blues but it sure helps. In January, many of us who are employed lament the fact that we drive to work in the dark and drive home in the dark.  January also…

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Pollinatives

Pollinatives Garden Clippings for Jan 4, 2020 Our corner of the world is getting a wee bit better thanks to Pollinative, a Southwestern Ontario initiative whose aim is to restore and improve habitats for native plants, insects, birds, bees, butterflies and even bats. The heads up for the organization came to me while driving down…

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Snake Plant

Snake Plant Garden Clippings for December 28, 2019 Two years ago, Fiddle Leaf Figs were the hot commodity, and nobody knows why.  Maybe it was Oprah or Michelle Obama who endorsed them.  Every supplier in Florida ran out and when all the mature Fiddle Leaf Figs were gone, growers could only sell small seedlings.  And…

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Bonsai

Bonsai – Garden Clippings December 21, 2019 Imagine working on a sculpture that you will never finish. Never. And you can pass that task on to your children who will also never finish. The art of bonsai is a commitment and requires a bit of each of the following: patience, horticulture know-how, dedication and artistic…

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Christmas Gift

Christmas Gift Garden Clippings for Dec 7, 2019 My new-found friend, Sam, moved to Sarnia this spring.  He’d been living in Calgary for 3 or 4 years, then landed a job at Nova.  His elderly parents now live with Sam, and the Sarnia lifestyle is suiting them just fine.  A smaller city, reasonably priced housing,…

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Why Do I Like Clay Soil?

Why Do I Like Clay Soil? Garden Clippings for November 30, 2019 The two of us were sitting around the fire pit when Ben said “Dad, you’ll look forward to the day you move from this place and live somewhere on sandy soil.  You will be rid of this clay forever!” “Not so quickly, Ben,”…

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Clean Up the Garden

Clean Up the Garden Garden Clippings for November 23, 2019 To clean up the garden or not clean up the garden…that is the question. I confess.  At the end of every year Cheryl and I clean up the garden.  We chop down the perennials, gather up all the stems and leaves, and toss them in…

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Improve Soil

Clippings November 16, 2019 My friend, Dave, who farms my back forty tells me that it takes 10 years to make one inch of topsoil.  He’s a third-generation farmer and knows more about soil than any scientist. Dave practices crop rotation, starting with corn, then soybeans, followed by wheat.  After the wheat harvest, he sows…

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