Sunflowers

Sunflowers Garden clippings for May 18, 2019 No flower is as fun and easy to grow as the Sunflower.  Kids love Sunflowers because they sprout so quickly after seeding, then grow a mile a minute to become larger than life plants with monster flowers that birds just love. Sunflowers grow best where there is plenty…

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Sunday Grass Cutting

Sunday Grass Cutting Garden Clippings for May 11, 2019 It was May of 1997, a month or two after the four of us moved into our rural home.  It had rained all week and the week before.  The sun had finally come out on Saturday so on Sunday afternoon I seized the opportunity, jumped on…

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Perfect Weather

Perfect Weather Garden Clippings for May 4, 2019 It’s been perfect weather for grass seeding.  Perfect.  A bit of sun, a fair bit of rain and a warming trend.  If I would have spilled some grass seed on the picnic table, it would have surely sprouted! Whether starting a new lawn or top dressing a…

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Best Veggies to Grow in Containers

Best Veggies to Grow in Containers Garden Clippings for April 27, 2019 Wannabee gardeners who don’t have space for a legitimate backyard vegetable garden have no excuse to stay away from seeds, soil and fertilizer.  Containers allow for ample opportunity to get dirt under the fingernails. Containers need not be fancy.  Choose the right size…

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Prune Trees

Prune Trees Garden Clippings for April 20, 2019 Pruning trees is not much different than pruning shrubs and evergreens, except for the fact that trees are bigger. The job of pruning mature trees is best left to professional arborists who are trained to do the job safely.  If your trees are small, you may want…

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Good Friday Pruning

Good Friday Garden Clippings for April 13, 2019 If the weather cooperates, and it usually does, I will pick one of the Easter weekend days and call it a pruning day. With my favorite Felco pruning tool in my back pocket, I will prune all day long.  Easter weekend is the perfect time to prune…

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Foliage

Foliage Garden Clippings for April 6, 2019 Out with the flowers, in with the foliage.  On my mind in the last week or two is what to plant up in our containers.  We have more than 20 pots around the house: two biggees in the front yard, a dozen or so on the deck and…

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Pussy Willow

Pussy willows Garden Clippings for March 30, 2019 Pussy willows are the first shrub to bloom in spring.  Their flowers are not overly colourful or showy but provide plenty late winter interest. Kids love Pussy willow flowers because as soon as they are opened, they are as soft, cute and cuddly as kittens. Grownups love…

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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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