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November 15, 2010

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  • Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, can pat themselves on the back on Earth Day next year, even if they choose not to pull out the shovels and saplings.

    Without digging a single hole they unveiled the largest living wall in North America. The 4,072 sq. ft. vegetative surface is the heavy-weight champion in the living wall world, taking the title from the PNC Bank building in Pittsburgh, whose planted surfaces are 70% smaller than Longwood Gardens'. Take a peek at this wall and many others here including walls in Canada

  • Ahh, Donna... Have I taken the opportunity to express how much I look forward to this newsletter? Just now, on this gray, dreary but warmer than it should be day in NS, I was transported to Dublin and Panama. I wish for you many more days of "delight than defeat" in your garden and endeavours. Thank you. Flowers I have few, however, I am working towards cottage gardens, slowly but surely. My little vegetable patch produced its heart out with the incredible Summer for growing here in NS. I had been attempting companion planting on my own, and having won Doug Green's vegetable gardening book on a contest here, has helped that much more. My garden is approximately 20 ft X 20 ft. and I reap pounds and pounds from her. Now, after at least 2 heavy frosts, I still have greens, Brussel sprouts and turnips growing, though the rest of the plants have been cleared away or tilled under for the coming season. My freezer is full. My heart is content, satisfied from growing, sharing and eating the fresh, clean produce.
    All the best, from the heart, home and infantile garden of Diane

  • How to Grow Bulbs for Indoors

  • Ten Neat Things about Dormancy

    Why go to sleep? In dormancy, metabolism virtually comes to a standstill to conserve energy. Dormancy is triggered by environmental changes, such as decreasing temperatures, but living things are also affected by light. In plants, dormancy can also be triggered by drought and heat, such as when lawn grasses turn brown in midsummer.
    For the rest, see our article here…

  • When Should I Fertilize My Newly Planted Shrubs?

    There is no need to fertilize your shrubs right away. The container soil mix your plants are sold in typically has enough fertilizer to get shrubs through the first year. Wait until the following spring to provide fertilizer.

    When it comes time, it’s always a good idea to have your soil nutrients tested by your state Cooperative Extension office before applying fertilizers. This simple test will tell you what nutrients your soil is lacking.

    In general, a balanced, slow-release, granular fertilizer is a good choice for an annual feeding in early spring before the leaves emerge. No matter what you use, be sure to follow the application instructions on the label. There is no need to fertilize a plant once it reaches the desired size, unless it shows signs of malnutrition: yellow leaves, or thin, open branching.

  • ‘For me, the big moment of this week was the groundbreaking ceremony for the Woodland Walk and Bird Habitat. Donors, sponsors, supporters, members, volunteers and staff, along with our new Councillor, Jaye Robinson, came out to cheer as board members Tom Sparling and Colomba Fuller, who for the past two years were the driving forces behind For the Birds and the Flocktail Party, planted the first tree-a handsome, upright red oak, which looked mighty proud to be chosen. And so it should be. This project has been on the books for some time and it was a happy day for all of us to see it launched at last. Thanks to all who supported us in so many ways. We're not out of the woods yet-literally-but we're well on our way.


    Aldona Satterthwaite, Executive Director, Toronto Botanical Garden

  • Does Being Around Plants Reduce People's Perceptions of Physical Discomfort?

  • Here is a look at the lighter side of gardening from The 20-Minute Gardener-The Garden of Your Dreams Without Giving Up Your Life, Your Job, or Your Sanity.

    The Ten Commandments of 20-Minute Gardening

    1 There shall be no weeds; you don’t have time for them.

    2 You shall never buy more than three of any plant; four is the beginning of monotony and smacks of the unimaginative excess that makes traditional gardening such hard work.

    3 You shall not spray any plant more than once a season, or more than two years running. If it requires more, it should be in a nursing home, not in your garden.

    4 Nursery catalogs, while a great pleasure to read, have no relevance to gardening, unless used as mulch. The magnificent plants described in and pictured on their pages have never actually appeared on this planet.

    5 The soil and the weather in your garden are unlike those of any other in the world, including those of your neighbors on either side. The 20-minute gardener sometimes has to wing it.

    6 Bugs are the gardener’s equivalent of Vietnam; they cannot be defeated by sheer firepower. They know the country better than you do. But you can outsmart them.

    7 Honor thy lawn mower and keep it in good repair.

    8 It always rains right after you water, but that’s life, and it doesn’t change the fact that your hose is your most important gardening tool. The 20-minute gardener uses it to create a garden that will be virtually weed, bug, and disease-free and that will flourish with minimal maintenance.

    9 When in doubt, do nothing. The problem will either get worse (in which case it will become obvious what you have to do) or it will go away.

    10 Compost happens.
    And, because HE always gives good weight, an extra commandment, the last and the most important:

    11 You shall spend no more than twenty minutes a day working in your garden, and your tasks will be only those that you enjoy.
    Source: Christopher, T. and Asher, M. (1997) The 20-minute gardener. New York:
    Random House

-Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the promotion of green spaces in community settings. Check here for the full list of 2010 Winners!!

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