Hey Spring… We’re Ready!

We made it to May and with finger’s crossed after this weekend, the cold weather will be behind us! The good news is that this spring weather can only get better, right? Please remember to protect your tender plants as the nights are still quite cool.
 
Dufferin Garden Centre is a busy place with trucks arriving almost daily with shrubs, trees, perennials, annuals, tropicals, veggies, herbs and more! We are definitely enjoying the start of the season! Welcome Spring!
 
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we have gifts in bloom in the greenhouse and lots of ideas in the Rustic Charm Gift Shop. The gardener’s gift card is the one gift that everyone appreciates from the Dufferin Garden Centre! Available in any denomination and they never expire.
 
Spring Hours – Open to the Public
Monday to Saturday; 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday; 10:00am – 4:00pm

Is it time to plant yet?

With the first warm spring days, thoughts turn to spending more time outside and getting our hands dirty!

The most common question these days is…can I plant yet? The best answer is Yes and Wait!

Growing your own Potatoes!

Potatoes are easy to grow, highly nutritious and kids of all ages love to grow them!

Read along with this handy ‘How to Grow Potatoes Guide’.

Garden Tip - Hardening Off

Before moving the colourful pansies, primulas, herbs and seedlings that have spent their lives so far in our greenhouse or on your sunny windowsill, take the time to acclimate them to life in the garden
1. Keep a note as to the transplant date. It usually explains that on the back of the seed package as every plant will be different. Keep the seedlings well watered.
 
2. Set the containers in a sheltered, shady spot outdoors. Start this about a week prior to the transplant date. A covered porch is an ideal starter spot (or a table or bench under a leafy tree). Bring the plants back inside at night or during the day if the weather turns cold, windy or rainy.
 
3. Expose the plants gradually to more sun. After two or three days, you can safely keep them in the sun for half a day, then return them to the shade. By the end of the week they’ll be tough enough to soak up the rays all day long.
 
4. Transplant the seedlings to the garden on an overcast day to ease the shock of transition from pot to ground. If a light mist is falling so much the better.
 
Keep an eye on the evening temperatures and if it falls below 5 deg Celsius, be sure to cover any tender growth that has started on your shrubs, roses or perennials. We have waited so long for spring – we don’t want any set backs!