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Friday, July 10, 2020 - 6 easy ways to spruce up your garden this summer

Despite the gradual reopening of businesses and other public spaces as part of Alberta?s relaunch strategy, COVID-19 still loom large in our daily lives several months into the pandemic. As a result, the humble backyard might be where many Calgarians spend much of their time outdoors this summer ? whether they?re seeking sanctuary or a place for small, physically distanced gatherings with friends and family. So, there?s no time like the present to make the most of that space. Here are six easy ... Full Article...
posted in Gardening tips at Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:23:06 +0000

Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 7 tips for planting a food garden

The City of Brampton, Ontario recently launched Canada?s first city-wide backyard garden program, designed to help alleviate food insecurity in the area due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative encourages citizens to grow vegetables, herbs, and fruit outdoors and donate their harvest to local food banks. The Brampton Backyard Garden Program supports residents with free soil and seeds, along with tutorials and gardening tips.  ?Gardening has the potential to build communities,? ...
posted in Gardening tips at Thu, 02 Jul 2020 20:08:33 +0000

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - From seed to salad: How to grow your own produce

As self-isolated gardeners in charge of our own personal food security this summer, it?s good to know which vegetables are fast from seed and which ones are oh so slow. Sprinkle radish seeds directly into your garden soil any day now (or in a 45-centimetre pot on your sunny, sheltered patio) and they will sprout in 2-5 days. You can start slicing and serving the spicy red balls a month after they sprout. Alternately, you could seed asparagus seed right now, grow them for a month indoors under ... Full Article...
posted in Gardening tips at Thu, 25 Jun 2020 21:35:32 +0000

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 4 Landscaping Ideas for Your Front Yard

Even if you can?t tell a tulip from a turnip at the garden center, you can still create eye-catching curb appeal by paying attention to the basics of good landscaping, especially in the front yard. Ignoring your front yard ? or doing something that?s out of character with the neighborhood ? can jeopardize the assessed value of your home. Landscape economist John Harris says good landscaping can add up to 28% to the overall value of a house and cut its time on the market 10%-15%. Here are the ... Full Article...
posted in Gardening tips at Thu, 20 Jun 2019 20:14:52 +0000

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 7 Landscaping mistakes

Before you rush into planting your dream yard, keep a few tips in mind. You can just picture it: a pretty cottage garden overflowing your front yard, with tons of heavy, scented blooms. Well, at least you can picture it with your eyes closed. With your eyes open all you see is a bit of patchy grass and a few scrubby shrubs. Yuck. You need some color, stat. That desire, though, is often what causes so many homeowners to waste money and time. Keep disappointment away by avoiding these seven ...
posted in Gardening tips at Wed, 19 Jun 2019 16:53:56 +0000

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 5 Awesomely Easy Landscaping Projects

No need for fancy DIY skills, a lot of money, or a ton of time to pull off these yard upgrades. It?s your yard -- yours to do with as you wish. And while that?s great, that doesn?t mean you have to be one of those people who spends every spare moment in their yard, sprucing it up.  But, still, your landscaping could use a little something. But something easy.  Here are five totally doable projects that your budget will barely notice, but your neighbors definitely will: #1 Add Some (Tough) ...
posted in Gardening tips at Tue, 18 Jun 2019 17:57:45 +0000

Friday, June 14, 2019 - Putting up a fence

As summer starts to arrive in Calgary, homeowners might be looking ahead to the warmer months and the possibilities for home improvement or building something new on their property. Many of the most popular projects involve fences, whether building new or breathing life into an old one. However, fence building can be fraught with frustrations: Who is responsible for fence construction between two properties? What are the costs? What should it be made of? Here are some key considerations to ...
posted in Gardening tips at Fri, 14 Jun 2019 18:53:44 +0000

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