Trees Need Birds

Do Trees Need Birds? Garden Clippings for March 23, 2019 Brother Art and I were driving down a typical Lambton County roadway when he casually said “See those Native Junipers along the road?    Do you notice there are no Junipers on the other side of the road?” It took a while for me to put…

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Canada Blooms

Canada Blooms March 16, 2019 Canada Blooms 2019 has gone the way of the sweatshirt and ski jacket:  Black.  The blooms, evergreens and flowering shrubs were not black but pottery, brick pavers, railings, mulch, outdoor lighting and arbours were noticeably black. Canada Blooms, running Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 17, is Canada’s premier flower…

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Salt 2

Salt Garden Clippings for March 2, 2019 Driving home from Toronto a few days ago I came across three salt trucks spreading tons of sodium chloride over the roads.  And while I was grateful for the safety that the salt provided me and my fellow drivers, I was not thrilled with the thought of the…

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Salt

Salt Garden Clippings for March 2, 2019 Winter of 2019 in Lambton County won’t go down as the snowiest in history.  Not by a long shot.  Visit any one of the lumber box stores and you will see lots of inventory of snow shovels. What you won’t find in the big box stores are skids…

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Parsley Indoors

Parsley Indoors Garden Clippings for Feb 23, 2019 If I were to throw my Betty Crocker cookbook against a wall, it would probably fall open on page 54.  I don’t make it often, but Lasagne is a perfect winter meal for a crowd.  And since lasagne is a fair amount of work to assemble, I…

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Seed Catalogues

Seed Catalogues Garden Clippings for Feb 16, 2019 The itch has begun.  There’s not much for gardeners to do in the middle of February but dream. But dreams can become plans and plans can become reality.  The February sun is already stronger and longer than the beginning of the year and, in a few months…

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Oak Wilt

Oak Wilt – February 9, 2019 This too will pass. A couple of decades ago the threat of Purple Loosestrife taking over our meadows was all over the news.  Today, Pharagmites is the talk of the town.  Not long-ago Zebra mussels hit the news.  We know about the dwindling populations of Monarchs.  Ditto for bees. …

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Oak Wilt 3

Oak Wilt 3 Garden Clippings for Feb 2, 2019 This, the third Garden Clippings dealing with Oak wilt, will explore the signs and symptoms of the fungus. We know that Oak Wilt is already doing damage in all States bordering Ontario, including Michigan, Ohio, New York, and we can conclude that despite our best efforts,…

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Oak Wilt

Preventing the Spread of Oak Wilt Garden Clippings for Jan 26, 2019 Last week’s Garden Clippings introduced the topic of Oak Wilt, a fungus that is prevalent in all the Northeastern United States and making its way into Ontario.  the bad news is that once the deadly fungus enters an oak tree, it is doomed…

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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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