Soil is at the heart of gardening

Healthy soil grows healthy vibrant gardens.

Winter soils are far from dead. Soil microbes are still buzzing around and we need to change our gardening practices to keep them alive until spring.

lighthouse in the winter

Written on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in Soils & Growing Media

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Toronto Botanical Garden has a fundraising garden tour every year. This year the garden tour, Through the Garden Gate, is in The Kingsway. Is it worth going to? My verdict is…

The Kingsway garden

Written on Thursday, June 2, 2016 in #groundchat News

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If you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been posting onto my blog lately, it’s because I’ve been hunkering down in my creative workshop, pursuing a new venture that I’m really excited about: online courses.

Brand new online course launched!

Written on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 in #groundchat News

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Soil is the cornerstone of our very existence on earth. It’s not hard to find 10 reasons to be thankful of soil on American Thanksgiving.

Written on Thursday, November 26, 2015 in Soils & Growing Media

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Grey water is touted as the “new” source of water for landscapes everywhere. But is it really? Like overblown promises, there are some caveats to this statement. And again, soil is being ignored and abused if grey water is used without thought to the household cleaners in them, which REALLY damage the soil.

Written on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 in Landscaping & Soil

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Intense gardening resurrects in the fall. Maybe not as extreme as spring gardening, but still it feels intense after the last lethargic dog days of summer. For gardeners intent on improving their soil, there’s much we can do.

clover cover crop

Written on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 in Building Soil, Plants & Soils

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After increasing your soil’s organic matter to increase water retention, mulching and using drip irrigation drastically reduces water use. But we can go a few steps further to reduce water loss. These “extra” measures make a huge difference in arid climates.

Australian permaculture guru, Geoff Lawton has a few good suggestions in his video, Permaculture Soils.

Geoff Lawton permaculture soils

Written on Friday, August 21, 2015 in Soil in Landscaping

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In the last blog, I covered how to retain more water in the soil, by increasing organic matter and mulching. This week I’m covering how to water different types of soil. Let us make sure that every drop of water is used!


watering can and water barrel

Written on Thursday, August 13, 2015 in Landscaping & Soil

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With all the chitchat about drip irrigation and water conservation on social media, you would think that it’s the only way to reduce watering in the garden. But it’s not true. The soil holds the key to lower water bills, and the techniques are simple and low-cost. Increasing soil organic matter and mulching are the […]

Written on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in Plants & Soils

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Tomatoes are the most beloved of our homegrown produce. Find out how you can win a copy of the newest and greatest book on tomatoes, Craig LeHoullier’s Epic Tomatoes, on #groundchat this Friday, June 26, 2015 on Twitter’s #groundchat at 2 pm EST.

Craig LeHoullier Epic Tomatoes

Written on Thursday, June 25, 2015 in #groundchat News

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