Winter Gardening

Give Your Garden Time to Wake Before Tidying Up

Boots on wet soil

If you’re a subscriber to my monthly newsletter, you have undoubtedly read my yearly pleas to stay off your lawns and out of your gardens at this time of year. I know the warmer weather has some people itching to start raking lawns and cleaning out gardens, but I urge you to refrain from doing …Read more

Spring Garden Prep: Tips for Starting Seeds Indoors

As we enter the final few weeks of winter, with longer days and warmer temperatures just around the corner, your thoughts may have begun turning to the garden. Since March is generally still cold, there are a few activities we can do inside to get a jump on the warmer days to come. Whether you’re …Read more

A Few Suggestions to Get a Gardener Through February

As we trudge through the seemingly endless shortest month of the year, the promise of spring looms for gardeners itching to get outside and back to work. Although this month has been warmer than many of the Februarys past, resist the urge to get out into our yard and gardens. The soft, wet soil is …Read more

Holiday Gift Ideas for Gardeners

Not sure what to buy the gardener on your Christmas list? To help with gift-giving this year — or to add some things to your list — I’ve made a list of a few of my favourite items. I think plants make a wonderful gift, but I list some other excellent options, too. Memberships or …Read more

Hydrangeas: When They Don’t Work And What You Can Do About It

I love hydrangeas!  I put them all in my garden but when they don’t work it can be frustrating.  Here are some common problems and what you can do about them. 1) Hydrangeas not blooming: This seems to be the number one problem people have with their hydrangeas, including me! The most common hydrangeas that …Read more

Everlasting vs Real Christmas Trees

Everlasting vs Real Christmas trees

‘DOWN THE GARDEN PATH’ RADIO SHOW AND PODCAST   This episode of Down the Garden path is all about Everlasting vs Real Christmas trees, Matthew talks all about it with our station manager, Gary.  They have a great time discussing the pros and cons of Everlasting or Artificial Christmas trees vs purchasing a Real Christmas …Read more

Gifts for Gardeners

Since this is the season of gift giving, I thought I would highlight a few of my favorite things or a few of the items on my list to help with your Holiday Shopping. Toronto Gardener’s Journal and Source Book This guide is many things. Despite its title it is not just for those that live …Read more

Gifts for Gardeners

  Do you have some gardeners on your Christmas list? Do you love gardening yourself and want some ideas. We have the perfect show for you, our Gifts for Gardeners episode. Each week on Down the Garden Path Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing, discuss down to earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens and …Read more

Successful Winter Bird Feeding with Jane Paradis – Urban Nature Store

‘Down the Garden Path’ Radio Show and Podcast Are you curious about successful Winter Bird Feeding? Jane Paradis has been an avid bird watcher most of her life!   She enjoys going to local birding spots all year round.  She has worked for Urban Nature Store for 9 years and truly enjoys helping customers with all of …Read more

Decorating with Live Plants and Live Material

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“DOWN THE GARDEN PATH” RADIO SHOW AND PODCAST Are you tired of decorating with artificial greens for the holidays? No storage space for all the decorations the other 11 months of the year? Well, there is a lot of Christmas holiday decorating you can do with live plants and live plant material, like evergreen boughs …Read more

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