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End of another season
Seasons

End of another Season

It is a bright sunny -8deg celsius here in southwestern Ontario, or 17deg fahrenheit for you Americans enjoying your Thanksgiving today.  May your day be warmer than mine! My hectic landscaping season came to an abrupt end with a snowstorm and plummeting temperatures but such are the vagaries of weather in our times of climate

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Butterfly on a flower
Gardening

Fertilizing 101. part 3: fertilizers for the fall

Here we are in the third day of fall in southern Ontario and it’s a steamy 31 deg celsius (88 F).  I have watered more in the last week than all of the summer!  Annuals are blooming madly and the butterflies are still hanging about. A swallowtail on my lantana However, it is fall and

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A snapshot in the life of a butterfly
Animals

A snapshot in the life of a butterfly

A quick look in photos at the life of a monarch butterfly: Eggs on a leaf.  There’s safety in numbers!   After hatching a caterpillar’s life is spent eating…   Hanging out with friends eating…   And more eating!   After about two weeks, the journey begins…   To find a suitable spot…   To

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Fertilizing 101, part 2: soils
Gardening

Fertilizing 101, part 2: soils

I started to write this blog and quickly realized it would be waaay too long if I write about both soil and fertilizer. So this one will be an introduction to soils and what makes a good soil. The backbone of a healthy and productive garden is the soil.  It both supports and feeds the

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Life in the Garden - eastern black swallowtail larva on a dill plant A cicada
Animals

Life in the Garden

As usual I am still mulling over the second part of fertilizing 101 but here is a quick snapshot of the life you can find in your garden no matter how small it may be. A monarch fueling up on a lantana bush An eastern black swallowtail larva on a dill plant A cicada When

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