Soil is at the heart of gardening

Healthy soil grows healthy vibrant gardens.

With all the negative press out there on global warming, it’s refreshing to read a book that offers solutions and hope. Kristin Ohlson’s “The Soil Will Save Us” covers how scientists, farmers and foodies are healing the soil to save the planet.

the soil will save us book Kristin Ohlson

Written on Thursday, April 16, 2015 in Book & Product Reviews

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Great news on the #groundchat front. Not only did I celebrate #groundchat’s third birthday on March 30, but I also received Trademark approval notice for #groundchat on the same day!

Written on Friday, April 10, 2015 in #groundchat News

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We continued the #growyourown series on #groundchat last week with the divine Brenda Haas, host/moderator/organizer of #gardenchat. Bren shared her experiences with growing peas!

Bren Haas

Written on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 in Plants & Soils

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Canada Blooms is on every day this week! Every year I pour over the Canada Blooms guide and walk through the event to check for any soil-related presentations, garden displays and products. I am thrilled that Canada Blooms has acknowledged FAO’s 2015 International Year of Soils with several activities and presentations.

canada blooms entrance

Written on Monday, March 16, 2015 in #groundchat News

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I don’t know about you, but after a long winter I’m raring to go in my garden. Since I’m a northern gardener, I don’t have the much time to waste. My growing season is short, so I need to get to it as soon as I can!

Gardeners are a tricky bunch. We’ve found ways to extend the growing season.
“One of the easiest ways to get the garden started earlier is by prewarming the soil,” says Kyla Dixon-Muir at the 2015 Toronto Master Gardeners’ Technical Update.

Kyla Dixon-Muir

Written on Thursday, March 5, 2015 in Plants & Soils

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It’s liberating and humbling to write a lesson-learnt blog. Last year’s lesson-learnt evolved from my high-density plantings in a raised bed.

Modified raised bed

Written on Thursday, February 26, 2015 in Plants & Soils

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