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Containers of mixed perennials offer colour on a deck. Photo: Jodi DeLong

Containing the season’s enthusiasm

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Keeping the planter colour and interest going well into winter Autumn sneaks up on us.  The days get shorter, the sun rises later and sets earlier. The air is gloriously warm most days, and cooler at night. The vegetable garden has been profuse, and we’ve canned, frozen, dehydrated, and enjoyed its bounty. There’s still some… Read More»

The botanical medicine cabinet

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With a little care, you can find herbal remedies growing around you Long ago while a student at the former Nova Scotia Agricultural College (now the Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus), I grew interested in wild plants, for gardening, culinary and medicinal purposes. A presentation I did on useful wild plants began with a quotation from… Read More»

Niki Jabbour adjusts a hoop tunnel in a snow-covered garden of raised beds.

Extend your gardening season

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Start small with mini hoop tunnels and cold frames The following excerpt is from the new book Growing Under Cover: Techniques for a More Productive, Weather-Resistant, Pest-Free Vegetable Garden (Storey Publishing) by Niki Jabbour.Used with permission. There is no one right garden structure. If you’re new to gardening, start small and begin with a mini… Read More»

Greenhouse Essentials

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Want to extend your gardening season? Here’s what you need to know to take it indoors Photos by Nicole Lapierre Photography It makes sense that with the explosion in home gardening in 2020 due to COVID-19, many people would segue from having an outdoor garden in summer to also having a greenhouse.  Greenhouses come in… Read More»

Amazing aloe vera

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Learn to grow this useful succulent at home

Make a statement

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Oversized house plants are the latest indoor gardening trend

Home grown

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Here’s what you need to know to grow your own cannabis legally

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