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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Evergreens

Evergreens Garden Clippings for November 9, 2019 Evergreens are not forever green which is why horticulturists prefer to call them conifers. The term evergreen is misleading because conifers eventually lose their needles.  White Pines, for example, lose many of their needles when they area as little as three years old.  They will drop their needles…

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Fall Colours

Fall Colours Garden Clippings for November 2, 2019 Ages ago my parents would wait till after Thanksgiving and then phone a contact or two in Sault St Marie in order to get the exact dates to do a fall colour tour.  They would quickly make a few phone calls to a few motels and without…

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Tulip History

Tulip History Garden Clippings for October 26, 2019 The tulip bulb frenzy in the 17th century was far more significant than today’s short-lived brush with bitcoin.  The economy at the time was booming and The Netherlands along with Central Europe were perhaps the richest countries in the world. Tulip bulbs, originally hailed from Central Asia’s…

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Thistles

Thistles Garden Clippings for October 19, 2019 Canada Thistle is not Canada’s friend.  Nor is it Canadian.  Originally from Europe and Asia, Canada Thistle crossed the ocean in the 1600’s and quickly spread to most parts of North America. In Ontario, Canada Thistle is considered a noxious weed.  It enjoys that honour because it is…

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Best Perennials for Fall

Best Perennials for Fall Garden Clippings for October 12, 2019 As if Mother Nature knows the first frost is around the corner, she gives an extra blast of colour at Thanksgiving.  In my backyard perennial garden, the late summer Asters, Mums and Sedums are taking centre stage and are likely to continue blooming until snowflakes…

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Good Annuals

Good Annuals Garden Clippings for October 5, 2019 Last week I shouted the praises of Lantana plants.  This annual flower is a winner in our backyard garden and performs just as well in pots as it does in our flower beds.  Other plants that Cheryl and I will be sure to plant next year are…

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Winners & Losers

Winners and Losers Garden clippings for September 28, 2019 The summer annual flowers in our backyard are at their prime, showing lots of foliage and colour.  But October is around the corner and the shorter days with cooler nights will soon trigger their demise. We can expect flowers to look just fine until Thanksgiving Day…

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Sunflowers

Sunflowers Garden Clippings for September 21, 2019 Sunflowers have hit the news in Sarnia Lambton after the Schoonjans family planted a 6 acre field of the yellow beauties at their farm at 5023 Douglas Line just outside of Forest.  They planted the field in memory of Max Rombouts, a two-year-old boy who did of leukemia…

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Divide Perennials

Divide Perennials Garden clippings for Sept 14, 2019 Editing the perennial garden is a lot like editing a paper.  You simplify, get rid of words you don’t need, add words to help get your point across and check grammar.  Sometimes you ask someone else to do the proofreading. So it is with the perennial garden. …

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