Toronto Botanical Garden has a fundraising garden tour every year. This year the garden tour, Through the Garden Gate, is in The Kingsway. Is it worth going to? My verdict is…
Grey water is touted as the “new” source of water for landscapes everywhere. But is it really? Like overblown promises, there are some caveats to this statement. And again, soil is being ignored and abused if grey water is used without thought to the household cleaners in them, which REALLY damage the soil.
After increasing your soil’s organic matter to increase water retention, mulching and using drip irrigation drastically reduces water use. But we can go a few steps further to reduce water loss. These “extra” measures make a huge difference in arid climates.
Australian permaculture guru, Geoff Lawton has a few good suggestions in his video, Permaculture Soils.
With all the chitchat about drip irrigation and water conservation on social media, you would think that it’s the only way to reduce watering in the garden. But it’s not true. The soil holds the key to lower water bills, …
In my last blog, I covered slope stabilizing native plants used by Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. But there are other ways to tame a slope. Some gardeners in Pittsburgh have tapped in to a 2,000 year old idea: terracing. Of course, the most attractive way to deal with a slope happens to be the most expensive.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania surprised me. The city has a whooping 42 percent tree canopy! In comparison, Washington DC has 36% and Portland, Oregon in the wet Pacific Northwest has mere 30% tree cover. Even Canadian cities known for their leafy nature have less tree cover– Toronto 33%, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Montreal all at 20% tree cover. But enough about trees!
Another visual surprise is Pittsburgh’s topography. Hilly. Steep slopes. It’s a great place to see how gardeners tame their slopes. Since there’s too much information to cover in one blog, I’ve divided it this entertaining topic into three blogs.
Early spring has many of us rushing out to buy topsoil (landscape soil/garden soil) either to fill/add to flower beds, build up vegetable patches, or to use on our lawns. But do we really know what we are getting?