Spring Tips for Roses

By Linda Peacock, Master Gardener, SCMG Spring is here! Once the Forsythia blooms it is safe to uncover and prune your roses.  It may still be a little chilly, but they are ready to start…

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How Do We Keep Those Orchids Blooming?

By Linda Peacock, Master Gardener, SCMG Ah those lovely orchids, the strappy or grassy foliage is tropical and different compared to many houseplants but what we really want to see are those exotic blooms!  How…

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Hydrangeas: To Prune or Not to Prune?

By Joan Nieman-Agapas, Master Gardener, SCMG To prune or not to prune? That is the question. Before you proceed with the secateurs, you must know WHAT type of plant you have. Hydrangeas belong to a…

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Starting Vegetable Seeds Indoors

By Pat Cook, Master Gardener, SCMG It’s getting to be that time of year when I long to start my vegetable garden. I’m sure my neighbours wonder why there is a bright glow coming from…

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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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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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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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