Natural Gardening 101 – How to grow greener without pesticides

Come Spring 2009, cosmetic-use pesticides will be banned for sale or use on Ontario’s lawns and gardens. So, what do you do to ensure you aren’t overtaken by pesky weeds and insects? There are some good choices that can help you keep your garden green without harming the environment. Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment offers these tips for pesticide-free lawn and garden care. Feed your soil. Healthy soil is the key to hardy, pest-free plants. Spread compost on your garden beds and use natural, organic fertilizer on your lawn in the fall. Discover the magic of mulching. A thick layer …

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Healthy gardening – Planning to go pesticide-free

Wondering how Ontario’s new pesticide ban will affect your lawn and garden when it goes into effect next spring? Planning is the key — from selecting plant varieties to their location, sun and shade requirements to how much water they need. Often, a few simple changes can help your lawn and garden grow beautifully, without pesticides. Here are a few tips from Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment. Healthy soil is the first step to making your garden grow. Adding compost to your soil, mulching garden beds, and fertilizing your lawn in the fall with natural or organic fertilizers will help …

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Organic gardening: How to grow an organic vegetable garden

Have you ever noticed how expensive organic fruits and vegetables are at the grocery store? I already spend way too much when I go to Whole Foods, but if I go with the organic selections I really break the bank. I love the idea of eating organic, but not paying the price. I have thought […]

Evergreens for year-round greenery

The beauty of evergreens lies in their name – they add year-round color and life to gardens and yards. Narrow-leaf evergreen shrubs, such as cedar and spruce are most commonly known, but this group also includes broadleaf evergreens including rhododendrons, camellias, and laurels. Although these trees and shrubs are a low-maintenance addition to yards and gardens, they do require a little extra attention to keep them healthy throughout the winter. As the temperatures begin to fall, continue to water evergreens as often as once a week, as long as the air temperature is above freezing. This is especially important for …

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Natural Gardening 101 – How to grow greener without pesticides

Come Spring 2009, cosmetic-use pesticides will be banned for sale or use on Ontario’s lawns and gardens. So, what do you do to ensure you aren’t overtaken by pesky weeds and insects? There are some good choices that can help you keep your garden green without harming the environment. Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment offers these tips for pesticide-free lawn and garden care. Feed your soil. Healthy soil is the key to hardy, pest-free plants. Spread compost on your garden beds and use natural, organic fertilizer on your lawn in the fall. Discover the magic of mulching. A thick layer …

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Put Your Garden to Bed for a Pesticide-Free Spring

With Ontario’s province-wide pesticide ban coming into effect next spring, fall is the time to prepare your garden to go green and pesticide-free. Ontario’s Environment Ministry offers these tips to prepare your garden beds for winter and let you get a head-start on a healthy growing season next year. Garden beds: • Apply a three to four-inch layer of mulch around your perennial plants, careful to leave a hollow at the base. Use fallen leaves as a handy mulch. • Divide and move plants to thin them out. • Remove old or diseased plants. • Leave seed heads for winter …

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Healthy gardening – Planning to go pesticide-free

Wondering how Ontario’s new pesticide ban will affect your lawn and garden when it goes into effect next spring? Planning is the key — from selecting plant varieties to their location, sun and shade requirements to how much water they need. Often, a few simple changes can help your lawn and garden grow beautifully, without pesticides. Here are a few tips from Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment. Healthy soil is the first step to making your garden grow. Adding compost to your soil, mulching garden beds, and fertilizing your lawn in the fall with natural or organic fertilizers will help …

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Make friends with beneficial birds and bugs

Smart gardeners know that not all bugs and birds are pests. Some of them can be gardeners’ best friends. With Ontario’s new pesticide ban becoming law next spring, it’s important to learn how to use beneficial birds and bugs to help your garden grow pest-free – naturally! For example, lady beetles are among the most beneficial insects for controlling harmful insect populations. Ladybeetles can be purchased, or you can attract lady beetles to your garden by providing a food source of pollen or nectar for them. Special lures can encourage the presence of other beneficial insects, such as bees, soldier …

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