Bulb planting

Tips for planting bulbs

Choose a planting area with good drainage so the bulbs won’t rot. Plant larger bulbs (daffodils, tulips and hyacinths) 20 centimetres (eight inches) deep; smaller bulbs such as crocus should …

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Bare tree branches against a blue sky

Botanical Nerd Word: Denudate

Denudate: Stripped bare; denuded.* With the cold weather settling in, our deciduous trees have taken on their denudate winter appearance. *Harris, J.G., Harris, M.W. (2001). Plant identification terminology: An illustrated …

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Pumpkins

Botanical Nerd Word: Pepo

Pepo: Unilocular berry with hard exocarp, characteristic of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae).* The pumpkin is a classic example of a pepo. In fact, the species most often used to make jack-o-lanterns …

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Word of the Week: Follicle

Follicle: A dry, dehiscent fruit composed of a single carpel and opening along a single side, as a milkweed pod.*   *Harris, J.G., Harris, M.W. (2001). Plant identification terminology: An illustrated …

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What to Plant When… in Fall

When it comes to successful gardening, says Veronica Sliva, timing is everything. Fall is the second busiest gardening season Plant container-grown and “balled and burlap” trees and shrubs. Plant spring-flowering …

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Tips for Fall Pruning

  Constant pruning of many trees and shrubs is not a necessity, but rather it’s done for aesthetic reasons to improve flowering, stem colour and foliage and, if necessary, to …

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