Spring cleanup tips to keep your property looking pristine

LET THE SUN SHINE THROUGH   Today is the first day of Spring! While it may not feel like spring in many places that are still covered in snow, the snow is going to soon start to disappear. The bright, yellow blooms of the Forsythias I am hoping are not too far off, as many say that when the Forsythias are in bloom spring is here to stay.  I’ve already got my spring garden prepared using odd containers I keep around the house. That’s only one step for me getting ready for the spring season. Cleanup of my yard takes top priority this time of year and it should be on your list as well. While spring is my favourite season of the year it always starts out looking pretty yucky. The mud and wet dull looking grass as the ground starts to thaw and reveals of all the garbage and debris that has sat under the snow all winter. A good cleanup of your property and some early maintenance will set you up for a better growing season.   Spring Cleaning Checklist   Mr. CBB has a great list of spring cleaning chores and a good list of reasons […]

Backyard to your kitchen: Tips for growing a Fall garden

Don’t Fall Behind With Your Fall Garden   As the summer progresses and our gardens flourish, it’s time to starting planning what to plant if you would like a Fall garden. Many plants such as lettuce, carrots and onions can be grown in a spring garden but truly thrive as cool weather crops, particularly in the flavour department. Preparing for your Fall garden is much the same as what you would do in the spring, with a few other things to consider.   Planting time   A Fall garden typically planted in July and August. In the spring when we plant our gardens we are worried about planting to early and losing our precious plants to the last frost. With a Fall garden you need to make sure you do not plant too late. You now need to factor in when you can expect the first killer frost. Across various regions in Canada, the average first killer frost is anywhere from mid-August to early November. This date is important when you are deciding when you should be planting your fall gardens. The number of days until maturity (ready to harvest) is on the back of most seed packs and plant identification […]

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