Who’s Ready for Gardening?

Now that we have had a taste of spring, who’s ready to get gardening?
 
Are you interested in growing a vegetable garden this year? Join this growing trend of eating locally – right from your very own garden. 
 
There is nothing better than biting into a sun-kissed tomato, still warm from the vine or the crunch of beans that just might not make it to the table. We all know the benefits of eating healthy and by growing your own vegetables you will know all about your food since you grew it yourself.
 
We are here to help you grow a bountiful harvest! Be sure to follow along with our newsletters, Facebook and Instagram for timely tips and advice.
 
If you have roses, deciduous trees and shrubs, especially fruit trees this is the perfect time for spray non-toxic Dormant Oil to eliminate any over-wintering pests.

Spring Hours:
Monday – Saturday; 9:00am – 5:00pm

Good Friday, April 2, 2021; 10:00am – 4:00pm
Easter Sunday; CLOSED
Easter Monday, April 5, 2021; 9:00am – 5:00pm

Edible Gardening

Once the foundation of your garden is in place (good soil preparation), and your garden is planted, it takes just minutes a day to check the moisture level, pull a few weeds and to keep a watchful eye for bugs.
 
Follow the link for the full checklist on starting your garden.

This Spring, Get the Jump on Gardening!

We are here to help! We can walk you through choosing the right container, finding the best growing medium, looking for seeds and advice on how to care for your seedlings.
 
Don’t forget to download our seed starting chart – perfect for zone 5 gardening!

Gardening 101: Fungus Gnats

If you have houseplants, then we are sure you are familiar with fungus gnats! These fruit-fly sized pests are more prevalent in fall and again in late winter.
 
The good news is that fungus gnats are harmless to you, just a nuisance. They reproduce fast and build large populations in 1-2 weeks. They live in the plants’ soil and feed on algae, fungus and decaying leaves in the top 2-3”. They tend to not harm the plant unless a large population has larvae start to feed on the plants’ roots. They are weak fliers so don’t stray far from the pot.
 
Solution: Reduce watering and when the top few inches of the soil are dry, scoop it out carefully trying not to disturb the root systems. Replace with bagged, sterilized soil that is well-draining and free from old organic matter.
 
A pyrethrum-based insecticide such as Schultz Insect Spray for houseplants and indoor gardens. Spray both the soil and the base of the plants to eliminate all stages of the insect.
 
Available at Dufferin Garden Centre