Gardening Basics

Gardening offers relaxation, exercise, and the satisfaction of watching plants grow. To ensure plant success and garden health, you must understand the fundamentals of gardening.  Check your garden’s soil before planting and make any necessary adjustments to ensure your plants have enough nutrients. This may necessitate the addition of compost or other organic matter, the correction of pH, and the improvement of soil drainage.

Gardening necessitates regular watering. Most plants will suffer from root rot if they are overwatered. Water plants deeply but allow the soil to dry between waterings to avoid waterlogging.  Garden plant selection is also critical. Plants should be chosen based on climate, sun exposure, and soil. It is critical to choose plants that can withstand heat, drought, and shade.

Maintain your garden on a regular basis to keep it healthy and beautiful. Pruning, fertilising, and pest and disease control are all important. These tasks will keep your garden healthy and productive for many years.

Gardening is a fun activity that requires some fundamental knowledge. Understanding soil preparation, irrigation, plant selection, and garden care will allow you to grow a beautiful, healthy garden for many years.

How to deal with Fungus Gnats in your indoor garden.

How to deal with Fungus Gnats in your indoor garden.

Combat fungus gnats in your indoor garden with proven methods. This guide covers prevention, identification, and natural solutions to keep your plants healthy and your home free from these tiny pests. Embrace a thriving, gnat-free indoor gardening experience.

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Digging Deep: Ideal Soil Depth for Winter Lettuce Indoors

Digging Deep: Ideal Soil Depth for Winter Lettuce Indoors

Winter may blanket Ontario in snow, but indoors, garden enthusiasts can cultivate a touch of spring. Lettuce, a favourite among indoor gardeners, is both practical and rewarding. While factors like light and temperature are crucial, the depth of the soil you plant...

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Seeding Square: Your New Best Friend for a Bountiful Ontario Garden

Seeding Square: Your New Best Friend for a Bountiful Ontario Garden

The Seeding Square is a simple yet ingenious color-coded seeding template that takes the guesswork out of planting seeds, ensuring that you achieve optimal plant spacing for maximum growth and yield. This handy gardening tool is perfect for gardeners of all experience levels, from seasoned green thumbs to first-time plant enthusiasts.

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Plant Hardiness Zones in Ontario

Plant Hardiness Zones in Ontario

To figure out which plants are appropriate for your garden, just check the hardiness zone indicated on seed packets or plant labels. Opt for plants with a hardiness zone the same as or lower than your area’s zone to guarantee their ability to withstand winter conditions.

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Straw Bale Gardening

Straw Bale Gardening

Hay bale gardening, commonly referred to as straw bale gardening, has grown in popularity in Ontario recently. Instead of utilising conventional pots or garden beds, this type of gardening uses straw bales as plant containers. For gardeners with little room or bad...

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The Benefits of Companion Planting for your Ontario Garden

The Benefits of Companion Planting for your Ontario Garden

Growing different plants together to improve their growth and health is an ancient agricultural practise known as companion planting. This method is based on the idea that some plants naturally help each other by interacting in beneficial ways, such as repelling pests...

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Putting The Garden To Bed

Putting The Garden To Bed

The neat and tidy winter garden is for many a thing of the past. Gardeners interested in wildlife habitat realize that perennial and annual flower seedheads are a boon for birds, and that many kinds of moths and butterflies overwinter in leaf litter. With these...

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Garden Tools and Gear

Garden Tools and Gear

BAHCO ERGO BYPASS PRUNERS It’s a fact: good gardeners need good tools. Here are a few of our suggestions for tools that will make you a better gardener. The Right Stuff Bypass Pruners are a better choice than anvil pruners, which crush stems when they cut. There are...

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Seedheads for Songbirds

Seedheads for Songbirds

The neat and tidy winter garden is for many a thing of the past. Gardeners interested in wildlife habitat realize that perennial and annual flower seedheads are a boon for birds, and that many kinds of moths and butterflies overwinter in leaf litter. With these...

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Essentials for Indoor Seed Starting

Essentials for Indoor Seed Starting

Even if you don’t have access to a greenhouse, you can create conditions that will allow seedlings to thrive. Tops on the list of essentials are: a good source of light, air that circulates, adequate heat, and soil that holds water without becoming waterlogged. And it...

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2020 Gardening Books: Our Picks

2020 Gardening Books: Our Picks

Way back in 2015, we shared a list of members’ Favorite Gardening Resources. The books chosen for this were time-tested and time-honored. Here we offer a list of more recent books. Some are surely destined to be tomorrow’s classics For the Vegetable GardenerThe New...

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Flowers And Vegetables For Containers

Flowers And Vegetables For Containers

If you’re new to gardening, growing food and flowers in containers is a great place to begin. Some can be started from seed, right in the container. Here are some tips for success. Before You Start The bigger the container the better. This is especially important for...

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