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Free gardening advice from certified Horticulturalists.
Free gardening advice from certified Horticulturalists.

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The Edible Garden Newsletter July 2018 is now available. This month we feature an in depth article about the popular approach to gardening using raised beds. This article defines the advantages and disadvantages of using raised beds. where to site them and how to prepare the location. We outline the various types of materials that can be used to crate them and finally the mix of soil used to fill them. Our Bee Line series continues with an article emphasizing the need for continuous blooms to attract your bees all summer long.
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The Edible Garden Newsletter for June 2018 is now available. This month our focus is on the nutritional powerhouse, Haskaps, also known as Honey berries. This plant is well behaved and is hardy to Zone 2. The main requirement to get a crop is that it has to have a partner and like many of us is picky on which partner it works with. A favourite vegetable, and no nutritional slouch itself, is the common carrot. We feature a carrot myth, a childhood favourite and a recipe. We also have suggestions for some interesting Edible Planters. Finally our Bee Line series continues with a tribute to a ghost in the making, the Rusty Patch Bumble Bee.
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The Edible Garden Newsletter for May 2018 is now available. This month we have a special focus on Clay Soil, Is it a gardener's worst nightmare or a gardener's best friend? Learn how you can change this dreaded foe to a trusted ally. Delicious, nutritious and bountiful--Aunt Molly's Ground Cherries. Follow one gardeners adventure as she grows these delicious fruits. Finally, read all about a Victory Garden for Bees. Photo is thanks to Anna MacDonald Iowa Environmental Voice.
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Plant Sales are a primary source of funding for many hard working garden related volunteer organizations. These groups help to make our local communities brighter and more beautiful and a better place to live. Across Lanark County, May is the month that your local Horticultural Societies host their Plant Sale. Lanark County Master Gardeners will be at all the Horticultural Societies Plant Sale and we will be selling plants at the Perth Sale. See Calendar on the right for sale dates and locations. Why should I buy plants at a Plant Sale? * Some of the best gardeners in the county are members of the horticultural societies. They divide and donate plants from their own gardens. * The plants have proven to grow successfully in our climate. If they didn't the gardeners have none to donate. * The Horticultural Societies develop and care for many of the beautiful gardens across the county and their tireless work makes our home towns a better place to live. Funds raised at Plant Sales support these efforts. * The plants are offered at a price you will not find anywhere else. * There is always a wide range of perennials, some you will not find at any garden centre. Sometimes there are roses, trees and shrubs and lots of vegetable bedding plants. In addition to the Horticultural Society Sales, we have included information about two Ottawa based plant sales: * The Native Plant Sale sponsored by Fletcher Wildlife Garden. * The Rare and Unusual Plant Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Farm (Central Experimental Farm. Hope to see you at one of the sales.
Plant Sales
Plant Sales
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The Edible Garden Newsletter April 2018 is now available. This month we demonstrate that edibles are good for more than just eating. Many edibles are a natural source of dye and we explain how to use them to create beautiful colours. We often think that large showy double flowers are best to use to attract bees to you garden. Start thinking like a bee and you will soon see that single blooms are in fact the best to use. Do you love Horse Radish? If your answer is yes, try growing it in your garden. Continuing in our favorite tool series, read all about one gardener's favorite saw.
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Fletcher Wildlife Garden Annual Native Plant Sale takes Place on Saturday June 2, 2018 from 9:30-12:30. Hundreds of wildflowers are native to Eastern Ontario. Plant a wide variety of plants for a garden that changes from month to month and attracts birds, butterflies and bees, to your garden for lunch. Can't make the sale? Visit the demonstration gardens and pick up free plant lists and "how to" information to attract pollinators. The garden is located on Prince of Wales Drive, South of the Arboretum. Plant Sale Info .
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The Edible Garden Newsletter March 2018 is now available. This months issue focuses on Vegetables, Vegetables and more Vegetables--how to grow them in containers, what is the vegetable of the year for 2018 and "funny little cabbages" aka Brussels Sprouts. We also introduce a new, recurring feature, focusing on some of our favorite garden tools and helpers.
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Quinte Botanical Gardens is located in Eastern Ontario. Enjoy six acres of unique garden displays with extraordinary plant combinations. An outdoor, healthy attraction, you can enjoy nature at its best. Each garden offers interesting insight into the world of plants.Connect with nature, learn about horticulture or journey through the gardens at your own pace. Gardens include: * Bee, Bird, Butterfly Garden * Oriental Garden * Romantic Rose Garden. The Colour Wheel Garden is the largest in the world. Wander, learn, unwind and relax all at the Quinte Botanical Gardens!
Quinte Botanical Garden
Quinte Botanical Garden
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The Edible Garden Newsletter February 2018 is now here. The days are finally starting to get longer and gardeners are planning what they can plant indoors to get a faster start when spring arrives. In this issue we discuss lighting, whether it is from a sunny window or from grow lights and how you can use it to get your plants off to an excellent start. If you are planting your vegetable garden in containers or on a balcony, we have some helpful tips. Although the days are getting longer, we still have more winter left and it is a great time to experiment with using the parts of your vegetables you would normally put in the compost bin to grow more. Finally, a housebound gardener tells of a Fava Bean experiment that led to a delicious soup.
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Edible Garden Newsletter January 2018 is now here. This is the time of year when vegetable gardeners pour over the seed catalogues to determine what to plant. How long are my tomato seeds viable? Is there anyway I can check if they are still viable. How should I store my seeds if I once again, over order. Find out here. We all know that some vegetables like to be planted near each other while others do not want to be anywhere near each other. This month we feature an article on companion planting with a handy chart that shows who likes each other and who does not. Who knew that cabbage likes to be near Bush Beans but does not like being near Pole Beans.
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