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"Cutting Back" Perennials

Long-time gardeners sometimes forget that new gardeners might not yet know the nuances of some phrases. There are still some of my grandmother’s gardening phrases floating around in my head that I have yet to decipher, however the last few years in my own garden have provided me with several “aha moments”. Imagine my disappointment learning what “bolt” (describing a plant that has gone to seed prematurely) actually meant.

Dividing Your Daylilies

The best time to divide daylilies is shortly after they have finished flowering in late summer to early fall.  Check the center of your daylily plant to see if there is any dead growth. If there is, your plant is telling you it’s time to divide it. You can expect to divide daylilies every 3 or 5 years in order to keep them healthy and blooming strong.

Blossom End Rot

This is a common challenge for many gardeners and one I’ve heard many a curse about over the years. Those curses tend to be heard around this time of year, with the first tomatoes of the season when they are approximately half of their full size.

Common Gardening Challenges and Solutions
Common Gardening Challenges and Solutions

Even the most careful and experienced gardener will occasionally find plants that are weakening or a crop teeming with a troublesome pest. No garden is immune from pests and diseases, and learning to recognize the symptoms and determining appropriate controls is your best defense.

If you are struggling with any of these challenges, don’t let it discourage you from trying again. You are not alone in this, we are all gardeners and we are all learning all the time. These are some of the most common challenges that all of us face:

What Plants Need
What Plants Need

Last year at the end of summer, we picked our first ear of corn that we grew ourselves! Unfortunately, that ear of corn was at most 4 inches long. Failure is part of the deal when gardening AND garden failures happen even to the most experienced of gardeners as well as beginners alike. You will have resounding successes with some plants, and experience colossal failures with others. Try to remember that gardening is about learning and experimenting as part of the experience. Every failure teaches you how to be successful next time.

Something that really clicked for me, was remembering how my grandmother called her plants her “babies”. At the time, I thought it quite strange and it made me feel slightly jealous. Now, many years later, it’s as if a light bulb went on in my head. I have a new understanding of “hardening off” and a new perspective about a plant’s needs.

How to Deal with a Hollyhock Rust Infection
How to Deal with a Hollyhock Rust Infection

Have you ever looked at your Hollyhocks only to find unsightly spots and lacey or dying leaves and asked yourself, “what is wrong with my Hollyhocks?” These different kinds of deterioration are likely the handiwork of Hollyhock Rust.

 

How To Get Rid of Garden Slugs
How To Get Rid of Garden Slugs

Is your Alberta garden plagued with slugs? Are unsightly holes disheartening your hostas?

In this blog, we will talk about the life cycle of slugs, where slugs typically live, how slugs damage plants and share some simple and effective ways to get rid of slugs in your garden.

3+ Easy Ways To Get Rid of Scarlet Lily Beetles
3+ Easy Ways To Get Rid of Scarlet Lily Beetles

Scarlet lily beetles (lilioceris lilii) – also known as red lily beetles or simply lily beetles – are pesky little offenders that can wreak some serious havoc on your garden. Today, we’re explaining the life cycle of lily beetles as well as our foolproof way to get rid of lily beetles naturally. 

How To Care For Calibrachoa (Million Bells) Hanging Baskets
How To Care For Calibrachoa (Million Bells) Hanging Baskets

A cute little trumpet shaped flower called Calibrachoa (pronounced Cal-i-brack-O-a), or Million Bells has taken gardens by storm.  They have become immensely popular and they make great, easy to care for hanging baskets.  Million Bells look like miniature petunias but they come without the baggage of sticky stems and they don’t have to be deadheaded!

How To Plan A Garden: An Easy 4-Step Guide
How To Plan A Garden: An Easy 4-Step Guide

Have you ever set out to do anything without having a strategy?  And how did that work for you?  Just how many trips did you take back to the store to get supplies?

Strategizing for anything you’d like to accomplish is always a good idea.  In this blog we will talk about why planning a garden is a good idea and talk about steps in planning a garden.

 

Bringing Dahlia Tubers Back to Life
Bringing Dahlia Tubers Back to Life

Join us as we dialogue about when to plant a dahlia tuber, how to plant a dahlia tuber, how to care for a dahlia as it comes out of dormancy, and how to care for dahlias during the summer.

How to Use Supplemental LED Grow Lights
How to Use Supplemental LED Grow Lights

For plants, light is life.  Light is the crucial element for their growth – if we didn’t have light, we wouldn’t have plants. In the north where we live, adequate lighting from natural sources for growing plants can be hard to come by.

In this blog we will talk about photosynthesis, why supplemental lighting for plants is necessary and new trends in LED lighting for horticulture.

 

How To Easily Overwinter Dahlias Indoors [Canada]
How To Easily Overwinter Dahlias Indoors [Canada]

Wondering how to overwinter your treasured dahlia flowers?  Today, we’re sharing two simple methods for overwintering your dahlia tubers indoors during Canada’s cold winter – both for those grown in pots and those grown in the ground.

Unwinding Fertilizer Numbers
Unwinding Fertilizer Numbers

Fertilizer can be confusing.  The sheer quantity of brands and mathematical combinations can be dizzying. Let’s spend some time unwinding fertilizer and hopefully, the numbers will begin to make sense.

How To Care For Hanging Baskets
How To Care For Hanging Baskets

EEEKK! Hanging Basket Care can be overwhelming! In this short video we want to show you that caring for your hanging baskets is simple and easy. We cover a quick system for tending your hanging baskets using the word CARE.

 

What Growing Zone is Edmonton?
What Growing Zone is Edmonton?

Explore the history of horticultural zones, what horticultural zone Alberta is, what growing zone Edmonton is, how horticultural zones benefit the home gardener, and some hardy perennials for Edmonton’s horticultural zone with us in this blog.

How To Grow Tomatoes in Alberta
How To Grow Tomatoes in Alberta

Tomatoes are probably the strongest draw for the non-gardener to venture into trying to grow something because there really is nothing like a fresh tomato.  Tomatoes are originally native to the tropics, producing smaller berry-like fruit than we know today. Here are a few tips on the environment of their choice and care.

Geranium Hanging Basket Care
Geranium Hanging Basket Care

We all seem to be looking for a way to simplify our lives from sorting through and clearing out gadgets we no longer need to whittling down our clothing collections to capsule wardrobes – all with the intent of spending less time on stuff and more time on the things we love to do with the people we love to do them with.

Mixed Sun and Petunia Hanging Basket Care
Mixed Sun and Petunia Hanging Basket Care

Mixed Sun and Petunia hanging baskets come in a large variety of colors and are simple to care for. They thrive in warm sunny locations.  The label ‘mixed’ means that different combinations of petunias have been paired with basket stuffers and vines that love the sun too.  They need a minimum of 6 hours of sunshine, but prefer at least 8.  If they are grown in the shade, they tend to stretch because they are searching for more light and they bloom less profusely.

Sunpatiens Hanging Basket Care
Sunpatiens Hanging Basket Care

The words ‘Sun’ & ‘Impatiens’ seem not to work together but a new breed of Impatiens is out!

We carry a fabulous sun-tolerant Impatiens series and they are easy to care for.  Sunpatiens bloom profusely and are available in bright colors.  Sun Impatiens like the sun, although it’s a good idea to not put them in the blistering hot sun.  They do best in a northeast, east, southeast, south (if it’s not crazy hot) and northwest sun exposure location.  If they are placed in a hot south, southwest or direct west location they can get stressed and burn.

Fuchsia Hanging Basket Care
Fuchsia Hanging Basket Care

‘Sophisticated’ is the perfect adjective to describe Fuchsias. Fuchsias have delicate suspended flowers that look like ballerinas in the most intricate costumes.  They come in a huge selection of gorgeous ruffled blossoms.  Fuchsias like to grow in sheltered shady areas, so a full north, northwest and northeast location is best.  Fuchsias are fragile and will sustain damage by tearing or breaking in a windy area. Some people prefer to keep them in screened porches.

Shade Begonia Hanging Basket Care
Shade Begonia Hanging Basket Care

Before speaking specifically about Begonia hanging baskets, let’s talk about the environment Begonias prefer.  Begonias – like Nonstop, Illumination, and Bossa Nova – like to grow in sheltered shady areas; so a full north, northwest and a north northwest location is best.  Begonias need a sheltered area because are a bit fragile and will get damaged or break in a windy area.

Mixed Geranium Hanging Basket Care
Mixed Geranium Hanging Basket Care

Mixed Geranium hanging baskets come in a large variety of colors and are very hardy. All Geraniums thrive in warm sunny locations.  The label ‘mixed’ means that they have been paired with basket stuffers and vines that love sun too.  They need a minimum of 6 hours of sunshine, but prefer at least 8.  If they are grown in the shade, they tend to stretch because they are searching for more light and they will bloom poorly.  Of all the hanging basket types we grow, Geraniums are the easiest to care for.

Solenia Sun Begonia Hanging Basket Care
Solenia Sun Begonia Hanging Basket Care

What?? A Begonia for the sun??

Yes. It is true – we carry a fabulous sun tolerant Begonia series called ‘Solenia’ Begonias that grow well in the sun. These floriferous Begonias are available in a number of colors.  One thing to keep in mind, though, is that these Begonias are sun tolerant – they are not intended for the blistering hot sun. They do best in a northeast, east, southeast and northwest sun exposure location.  If they are placed in a hot south, southwest or direct west location they can get stressed from too much and burn.

The Differences Between Annuals and Perennials
The Differences Between Annuals and Perennials

For the beginning gardener, putting the different pieces of the gardening puzzle together can be confusing. This blog will highlight the basic differences between annuals & perennials.

The Ultimate Guide To Pruning Raspberries [Alberta]
The Ultimate Guide To Pruning Raspberries [Alberta]

As the growing season winds down, that prickly patch of raspberries is screaming for attention. To be able to prune raspberries correctly, understanding their life cycle makes the task so much more bearable. Here are a few tips on raspberry pruning.