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Twenty years ago I decided to start a garden maintenance company. I was fresh out of university, and had worked at low-paying jobs in garden centres, seed companies, and landscaping and garden maintenance companies.  I had very little money to buy garden equipment, so could buy only the most essential equipment.

Corona secateurs

Corona secateurs, one of the 11 essential gardening maintenance tools.

Written on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 in Landscaping & Soil

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Autumn (Fall) offers the perfect opportunity to catch up on your gardening chores. Not only is it cooler and more comfortable to work in autumn, but autumn gardening tasks also mean less work and expense in the busy spring season.

Written on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in Plants & Soils

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Because of all the marketing hype around this book, I was a little leery reviewing it.  I wondered if the book could match the marketing hype.  With every book review, I read the book from cover to cover. Then I wait. I let the essence of book percolate. Reviewing [amazon_link id="1603425683" target="_blank" ]The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Your Own Food 365 Days a Year, No Matter Where You Live[/amazon_link] took a while.  It’s a big, information-packed book (225 pages, not including appendixes and index, which are an extra 20 pages).

Written on Thursday, June 7, 2012 in Book & Product Reviews

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Last year I found out that plant breeders follow fashion to determine colours for their annuals. I was surprised. It’s not the gardening community that was setting the colour trends. So I wondered, how are other gardening trends set?

Canada Blooms Pallet Garden by bsq. design

Written on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 in Plants & Soils

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Life is always full of choices. Today, I had a couple of choices to make.

Written on Monday, October 24, 2011 in Landscaping & Soil

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I’ve heard gardens are a metaphor for life. Lofty, idealistic words, I thought, and possibly a pile of crap. Well, nature provides.


empire apple


Written on Saturday, October 15, 2011 in Plants & Soils

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Even though I can buy strawberries all year round from the supermarket, store-bought strawberries can’t compare to the first strawberries from my own garden.

Written on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 in Plants & Soils

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Snow, love or hate it, it’s a reality for gardens zone 6 and lower. I’m in zone 5, and gardeners are almost guaranteed snow every winter. And it is a good thing (to quote Martha Stewart). Here’s my take on it…


Written on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 in Building Soil, Plants & Soils

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