Category Archives: Gardeners’ Guide

A Dozen Fun Winter Gardening Ideas

Contributed by Alyson Prokop-Baker, Education and Community Garden Coordinator In the winter months, it's sometimes hard to motivate ourselves to garden, especially if you have a really small house like me (I estimate between my husband and I, our three cats, dog, seven beehives, four fig trees, we have about 650 sq feet of indoor…

Preparing potted gardens for the winter

Potted gardens are a great alternative to backyard gardening, especially if space is constrained. But what do you do when winter comes? Re-using the soil for the next season may seem like a no-brainer. But there are few things to keep in mind when preparing your potting soil for next season. Before explaining what to…

Building Your Own Pallet Garden (part 4)

All good things must come to an end, and so it is with the summer and my pilot project with the pallet garden. It’s been a great experience to be able to share the results with you as the guilt joy of knowing others were counting on regular updates kept me on my toes. Although…

Home Hydroponics: Growing Food Over Winter

Gardening at home is a satisfying hobby that creates local, healthy and sustainable produce. But as the cold weather starts to set in, gardeners may be planning, or beginning to clear out garden beds in preparation for next spring and also overcoming the end of growing season. Luckily, the fall and winter seasons don’t have…

Building Your Own Pallet Garden (part 3)

My mom lives in Toronto and with me being in Oakville, we check in with each other pretty regularly so a typical phone call with her sounds something like this: Mom:    Hi honey. I wanted to see how things are going. Me:        All good. But we just saw each other yesterday. Nothing much going on.…

Building your own pallet garden (part 2)

Last month’s article introduced the idea of building a low-cost pallet garden, that would provide a harvest of homegrown vegetables. As the saying goes, the longest journey starts with a single step and, I am pleased to say, the steps have started. Assembling the structure was not nearly as challenging as I expected, although my…

Gardening & agriculture in 1867: What’s changed in 150 years?

What do you think gardening in Ontario was like 150 years ago? The Halton Food Council pondered this question at a recent meeting in light of the upcoming sesquicentennial anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. We thought it would be interesting to highlight what has changed with gardening, and what hasn’t changed. Maybe people grew…

Homemade Compost Tea that Your Plants will Love

What is compost tea and how do you make it? People like to drink tea for its health benefits and pleasant taste. Plants like tea as well – just a different kind, one that’s steeped in compost. Every seasoned gardener knows the benefits that compost has on the soil food web and the health of…

Learn how to build your own pallet garden

Have you ever wondered what the opposite of a green thumb is? I have. A quick google search delivers the insight of the urban dictionary with the following: Black Thumb - A wannabe gardener who kills plants. Opposite of green thumb. Example: “I have killed all the plants in my house. I must have a…

How gardening can make you an environmentalist

Growing plants and vegetables is one of the greenest things you can do. Gardening can help reduce your environmental footprint, but it also highlights the interconnectedness of all the different parts of an ecosystem. To have a successful garden, a gardener needs to understand the relationships between soil, plants, biodiversity, climate, and water. In doing…