Oak Wilt

Oak Wilt Garden Clippings for January 19, 2019 Our Ash trees are gone.  Swallowed up by the Emerald Ash Borer.  Will our Oak trees be next? Speculation is rampant on the issue.  Officials from the Canadian Food and inspection Agency are on high alert.  Some say Oak Wilt is already on the doorstep at Windsor…

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Golden Pathos

Golden Pothos Garden Clippings for Jan 12, 2019 Hands down, the easiest houseplant to grow is Golden Pothos.  It won’t win any beauty contest awards, but its lush foliage will brighten the gloomiest of rooms. Golden Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum) is virtually indestructible.  It will survive in low light conditions and requires water only as often…

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New Year Goals for Gardeners

New Year Goals for Gardeners: New Year’s resolutions have never really been much of a thing for me.  Rather, I prefer to set personal goals, and I don’t necessarily wait for the first of January to set them. Here’s a list of good 2019 goals for gardeners.   If you accomplish any or all of these,…

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Bananas

Bananas Garden Clippings for December 29, 2018 Why is North America’s most popular fruit the banana?    Odd, because we can’t grow bananas. Apples on the other hand, are easy to grow in Canada and USA.  Apples ship easily, last longer on the shelf or in the fridge, and are available in multiple varieties to suit…

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Peace Lilies

Why do I like Peace Lilies? Garden Clippings for December 22, 2018 There is no such thing as a houseplant.  A houseplant is actually a tropical plant that has been taken out of its natural comfortable environment, forced into a house, and expected to survive. Tropical plants love their own native environment where there is…

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Odd Conifers

Odd Conifers Garden Clippings for December 15, 2018 For some unexplainable reason, everybody likes the look of a Weeping False Cypress.  Well, almost. Weeping False Cypress has limbs that droop so sadly that they are apt to put you in a sombre mood.  All other, more normal conifers stand upright and display confidence and vitality. …

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Conifers

Conifers Garden Clippings for December 8, 2018 Our corner of the world would be bleak if it were not for conifers.   In winter, conifers become the symbol of life while the rest of the forest remains dormant or asleep. Conifers, or evergreens break the monotony of a leafless winter forest.  Conifers provide wind protection and…

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Tree Identity

Tree Identity Garden Clippings for December 1, 2018 “D’ya mean you didn’t know what that was?”  Ben tired to act disappointed, but he smirked because he figured he finally stumped his dad. “Of course, it’s a Sycamore, look how light the bark is.” So went the conversation a week or so ago as we drove…

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Clumsy

Clumsy Garden Clippings for November 24, 2018 Clumsy won’t work as an excuse.  Even the clumsiest can put together a few evergreen stems in a container and call it a festive Christmas arrangement. If you have a decorative outdoor pot, look for a plastic grower’s pot that can be used as an insert.  Or consider…

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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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