Tidbits of info..
May 15, 2010

TidBits of Information

This issue:

  • What is transplant shock?

    The phrase "transplant shock" refers to the setback in growth that plants experience when moving from one environment to another or from having their roots damaged by a move. Transplant shock happens to all plants, but most flowers and vegetables are able to recover quickly if handled carefully. Credit: Johnny's Selected Seeds

  • Chinese daffodils. While these flowers are associated with vanity in Europe, in China they are a symbol of good fortune. Ancient Chinese legends tell of daffodils bearing cups of gold for the poor but kind.

  • The first working glove to "pamper" your manicure. Designed to work hard while protecting your nails from dirt and moisture. Perfect for planting, weeding or any DIY project. Dig It™ Handwear allows you to tackle tough jobs without sacrificing style, comfort or your manicure! Check the eyewear out too!

  • Pot Holes: A term that originated in Ireland, where the earth floor in the home had a shallow depression to hold the potato pot, which was pushed down by mashing. It was always put in the same spot, which got deeper over time.

    Our web site features the benefits of saving water with the use of rain barrels and composters. Our Water containers are the best looking rain barrels in Canada and features a crown planter, they will not chip, crack or fade and have a rustic terra cotta look. They are manufactured in Ontario and sell through our website. Delivery is free in the GTA. We would like to introduce your members to us, by offering a 15% discount, for group orders on our "Cascata" 65 gal. rainbarrel. It would be our pleasure to deliver your order to an address of your choice at a specified date and time.

  • 2 New Garden Books from Lone Pine

    New Annuals for Canada
    With such an explosion in new varieties of annuals it has become necessary to develop a new and up-to-date treatment of this topic, which is an area of strong interest among gardeners. This book features 450 varieties.

    Taking a fresh approach to annual gardening; Rob Sproule of Salisbury Greenhouses uses his years of greenhouse expertise to present easy to use "recipes" for colour combinations suitable for beds, borders and containers in all locations. Rob has a very successful western Canadian gardening business, appears regularly on television gardening features and is committed to building his reputation as a gardening authority.

    Rob emphasizes the selection of healthy plants and deals with gardeners’ most common questions on such subjects as exposure, size and habitat, moisture, fertilizer requirements and compatibility with other species.

    Practical tips and additional information will help you create a beautiful annual display of plants every year.

    New Perennials for Canada
    The landscape of perennial gardening has changed a great deal over the past two decades. The new varietals and cultivars that now fill garden centres and plant catalogues in Canada called out for a new guide to help the Canadian gardener. With that in mind, Lone Publishing is pleased to present the book New Perennials for Canada, authored by experienced gardening writer and horticulture specialist Don Williamson. This book features 500 varieties of perennials suitable for all gardens across Canada.

    In this book, Don encourages readers to push the limits of the hardiness zones in their area, exploring microclimates in their own yards to further enhance the potential plants that can be grown. This book reflects his research into the newest perennials available in Canadian garden centres and nurseries. Colour photographs are throughout.

  • 1 New Book from Fire Fly

    Incredible Edibles: 43 Fun Things to Grow in the City (May 2010, $14.95 paperback) is for anyone who wants to grow vegetables, fruit or herbs but has a small gardening space. Sonia Day offers clear advice on plants for people who are learning, who have little time or who need quick guidance even if they’ve already gardened. Day focuses only on edible plants that can feasibly be grown in a city setting. She features 43 “hassle-free” plants and provides step-by-step instructions on how to start and maintain an organic edible garden. These edible plants adapt well to growing in containers and small gardens in average and northern climates. She also provides recommendations for the best varieties and suggests alternatives. Canadian.


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The Guide to Canadian Vegetable Gardening addresses the unique growing conditions and challenges of vegetable gardening in Canada. Author Douglas Green has selected more than 50 vegetables and herbs that have proven success in Canadian gardens. He includes growing and planting tips for everything from starting your plants from seed, to how to grow more vegetables in less space. Helpful charts and maps outline.

  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row