Forsythia blooms heralding spring is longer being treated like a old wives tale. The blooms are an important phenological sign that spring is here and soil temperatures are ready for planting. What does the timing of forsythias blooms …
Hellebores are some of the earliest blooming flowers in our gardens. Searching for hellebore’s soil preferences takes us to the southern and eastern European mountains. The native soil and root morphology tells us what we need to know about growing …
Winter soils are far from dead. Soil microbes are still buzzing around and we need to change our gardening practices to keep them alive until spring.
I don’t know about you, but after a long winter I’m raring to go in my garden. Since I’m a northern gardener, I don’t have the much time to waste. My growing season is short, so I need to get to it as soon as I can!
Gardeners are a tricky bunch. We’ve found ways to extend the growing season.
“One of the easiest ways to get the garden started earlier is by prewarming the soil,” says Kyla Dixon-Muir at the 2015 Toronto Master Gardeners’ Technical Update.
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.
Twenty years ago I decided to start a garden maintenance company. I was fresh out of university, and had worked at low-paying jobs in garden centres, seed companies, and landscaping and garden maintenance companies. I had very little money to buy garden equipment, so could buy only the most essential equipment.
Corona secateurs, one of the 11 essential gardening maintenance tools.
Autumn (Fall) offers the perfect opportunity to catch up on your gardening chores. Not only is it cooler and more comfortable to work in autumn, but autumn gardening tasks also mean less work and expense in the busy spring season.
Last year I found out that plant breeders follow fashion to determine colours for their annuals. I was surprised. It’s not the gardening community that was setting the colour trends. So I wondered, how are other gardening trends set?
Canada Blooms Pallet Garden by bsq. design
Life is always full of choices. Today, I had a couple of choices to make.