November: Growing Amaryllis

Amaryllis should be grown in a pot that is no more than 2 to 2.5 cm larger than the bulb.  Several amaryllis bulbs can be placed together in a larger pot.  Leave approximately one third of the bulb exposed and…

November: Living Christmas Trees

If you are planning to purchase a live Christmas tree, dig the hole now before the ground freezes.  Keep the soil dug out of the hole in a place where it won’t freeze so that you can use it to…

November: Protecting Your Roses

Rose bushes need to be protected from the freeze/thaw cycles that our winters bring us.  Pile a layer of peat moss, compost or shredded leaves around the bottom 20 cm of your rose bushes after the ground has frozen.…

November: Tie In Long Rose Canes

Tie down climbing rose canes to protect them from cold winds. And if you tie the flexible canes roses in a horizontal arc along a fence or trellis, it will trigger the greater bud break leading to many more blossoms…

November: Still Time to Get Those Bulbs In!

Don’t worry, there’s still time to get your tulip bulbs planted. By the way, this year, mark their location so that you don’t accidentally disturb them in the spring. Use small stakes or markers, coloured golf tees, or paint the…

October: Preparing Your Vegetable Garden For Winter

Add organic matter to your vegetable garden to restore the nutrients that this summer’s crops have absorbed.  Remove all crop residue and weeds.  Once the soil surface is clear, layer on the organic matter – chopped leaves, compost, manure –…