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Contain yourself while waiting for spring

Holy compost! I can’t remember a spring that’s been so slow to arrive. I go out in the morning, peer hopefully for something new coming up, then disgustedly go back inside to fuss over the houseplants … again. Lately, though, I’ve found something new to do in the garden: fuss over my many outdoor containers. […]

Digging in the digital dirt

Pssst … Wanna find some dirty stuff on the Web? When a gardener says that, you pretty much know what to expect. When the world outside is green and lovely, I can hardly sit still at a keyboard. But when it’s white and cold outdoors, I retreat to the digital world. Lately, I’ve been tap-tapping […]

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Your guide to the year in gardening

Our gardens are safely tucked away under a blanket of snow and mulch, so what’s happening in the gardening world? Right now, before seed, plant and soil orders grab all your attention, take a moment to mark your calendar with some of the gardening highlights of the coming year. Orchid Show, February 13 and 14: […]

Cathy Kobza tells gardeners the buzz on bees at a recent Beach Garden Society meeting.
PHOTO: Mary Fran McQuade

Celebrating the B(ee) list

Everyone oohs and ahhs when they see butterflies in their garden, but most of us probably don’t get too excited when we see bees there. That’s changing – and for good reason. Those little bees that buzz around the flowers are indispensable to human life. I talked with apiarist (a.k.a. beekeeper) extraordinaire Cathy Kozma recently […]

Bulbs – something old, something new

At this time of year, you often see creatures bottoms up, digging in the ground, frantically burying things. I’m talking about gardeners. (Hah! Bet you thought I was referring to squirrels – which do act in much the same way.) Fall, of course, is prime time for planting bulbs that will flower in the first […]

Tips for surviving puppies in your posies

Mention dogs, and you have the immediate interest of every Beacher. Many of us (yeah, I’m one) love our dogs passionately. Some of us can’t stand the nosy, messy beasts. I’m not going to get into questions of courtesy, noise, leashes and poop-picking-up here. My focus is on gardens, and it’s occurred to me that […]

Small garden is big on personality

I have a soft spot for small gardens. It’s my belief that it’s easy to have a nice garden if you have lots of space. There’s room to experiment, to indulge in great patches of your favourite plants and to create an exciting design. I’ve seen plenty of the biggies: London’s Kew Gardens, the historic […]

This garden gang grows for others

Our beaches are full of fascinating things – swans, cygnets, ducks, ducklings, sweet-scented pineapple weed underfoot, four-leaf clovers. And the latest addition: the Beach Community Edible Garden. It’s been in the works for months, as you may have heard, and now it’s really putting down roots. Unlike other community gardens, this one isn’t there just […]