You Need Amaryllis This Holiday Season

By Christine March, Master Gardener, SCMG  The holiday season will be in full swing any minute now and we will soon be decorating our homes with festive flair. Poinsettias, evergreen branches and Christmas cactus all…

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Growing Young Gardeners

By Charlotte Vorstermans, Master Gardener, SCMG How do you get children to enjoy working in the garden? Whether it is your own backyard veggie plot, a community garden or even kids growing up on a…

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Garden Pests: WEEDS

By Joan Neiman-Agapas, Master Gardener, SCMG. One wise garden pundit described a weed ‘as a plant whose merits have yet to be discovered’. The Canadian Oxford Dictionary defines a weed as  ‘a wild plant growing…

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Composting: Turning Garbage Into Gold

By Stephanie Brash, Master Gardener, SCMG Have you ever wanted to try your hand at composting, but were afraid it would be too difficult? Too labour intensive? Smelly? Well, it’s time you gave “hot composting”…

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The Water-Wise Tomato Gardener

By Gail Cocker, Master Gardener, SCMG I confess, I just love to grow my own tomatoes. There is nothing better than chomping down on a handful of just –picked cherry tomatoes grown in my own…

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Tomato Talk

By Pat Duncan, Master Gardener, SCMG. Tomatoes are one of my favourite things to grow in my vegetable garden.  Maybe it’s because they grow taller than any other plants that I grow and the tomato harvest…

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Attracting Pollinators

by Linda Peacock, Master Gardener, SCMG. Ninety percent of plants depend on cross-pollination and it is essential in keeping the botanical gene pool healthy and varied. In Canada, $1.2 billion worth of produce a year depends…

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Creative Staring

By Charlotte Vorstermans, Master Gardener, SCMG. I am often asked how I decide to place plants and how do I chose these plants in the first place?  I do what I call “Creative Staring”.   That is, sitting…

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