Small tools for small gardens

Small gardens like mine offer scant room for tool storage. That’s why constantly look for tools that are compact, easy to store and hard-working in the garden. Here are two I’ve had good results with – both time-tested as well as bankrolled by yours truly. The first – and the rust says it’s been around […]

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Gardening for the (not yet) Hard of Hearing

Commenting on my Leaf Eater review, wise Pomona Belvedere of Tulips in the Woods reminded me to wear ear protection. She’s quite right. As someone who has a severe-to-profound hearing loss, I should know. And know better. Called presbycusis – a great word to file away for Scrabble or crossword clues – my type of […]

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Toronto garden bloggers

Toronto Gardens isn’t the only blog about gardening in Toronto. Or about Toronto gardens. Here are a few we follow – and we’d love to hear about others that are missing. YouGrowGirl  We can’t begin such a post without mentioning Gayla Trail, who has set and raised the bar in garden blogging since 2000. We […]

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Cuttings without fear

  Many plants are easily propagated by cuttings. And the process is far from complex. The most important step is, of course, to do it… and not be daunted by rules or regulations. I own rooting hormone (#1 for softwood cuttings) which would have been an essential tool in the right way to take these […]

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BigBox Botanical Garden Collage

For all you Mac users: behold my success at fooling iPhoto into creating a photo collage, something it doesn’t profess to do. There are a number of third-party software choices available to let you do this… but I found a quick, easy and no-cost solution. Just pour your photos into a page template for a […]

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Ontario Pesticide Ban-For Dummies Version

I am not impressed with the Ontario Government’s public information efforts regarding the new sweeping pesticide ban that went into effect on Earth Day. Their website is a labyrinth of links, beaurocrat-ese, and PDF downloads. After spending over an hour on their and various other sites, I couldn’t find one easy-to-understand list of all the […]

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Photographic (gardening) memory

Quick tip from the idea file: photograph your plant tags; both sides. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Use your cell phone, if it has a camera. The great thing is, it will be time- and date-stamped, so you’ll always know when you made your purchase. You could then create a photo file exclusively of […]

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The Toronto Gardener’s Journal

This morning, the post brought my copy of the 2009 Toronto Gardener’s Journal by Margaret Bennet-Alder. What a delight! The author began this project more than 17 years ago, inspired by her son who had created a journal to help him deal with a medical condition. Last April, as she writes in the intro to […]

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