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How to Design a Perennial Garden Underneath a Tree

Perennial gardens underneath trees can be a beautiful addition to your landscape–but it can be tricky to grow plants underneath them in a way that supports both the growth of the tree and your new perennials. In this post, we’ll chat about some of the pitfalls to avoid when creating

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How to Start Gladiolus Bulbs Indoors

If you live in a climate with a short growing season, you know the frustration with growing late season flowers, like glads. They take so long to bloom, that you run the risk of not even seeing your blooms if an early frost happens. And glads are so frost tender,

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To Prune or Not to Prune (Your Tomatoes is the Question)

It can be difficult to know whether or not to prune tomatoes, and if one decides to prune, difficult to know how and when to prune your tomato plants. Pruning tomatoes is not necessary but can benefit your plant by allowing better air flow, protecting tomatoes from disease, and by

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How to Grow Ranunculus in Zone 3 (So it doesn’t die!)

If you’re growing cut flowers in your garden and hoping for some earlier spring blooms, you’ll quickly realize that there aren’t a lot of options for those of us in short growing seasons with cool climates. Enter the ranunculus. It looks like a garden rose and brings a welcome hit

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5 Easy Ways to Increase Pollination in Your Vegetable Garden

When you go through all the trouble of planting a vegetable garden, weeding it, watering it, and basically tending to its every need, you expect that said vegetable garden will provide you with a lot of vegetables. But what happens when you do everything right, the weather co-operates for the

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Bloom Times: What Cut Flowers Grow When in Zone 3

If you’re planning on growing your own flowers for a wedding, or other special occasion, you’ve probably been scouring garden plans, growing guides, and bloom time charts. But if you live in a cold climate with a short growing season like I do in zone 3, you’ve probably realized that

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The Best Vegetables & Flowers to Start with Winter Sowing

Winter sowing vegetables and flowers is a wonderful way to start strong seedlings that don’t really need hardening off. Over the winter, you can save your milk jugs, fill them up with soil and seeds, and be rewarded with your own seed starters in the Spring. However, some seeds lend

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21 Cut Flowers to Grow in Part Shade

You want a cut flower garden, but unfortunately your yard isn’t blessed with a lot of full sun. While full sun is the best for cut flowers, there’s a surprising amount of annual and perennial flowers you can grow that will work in part shade, and give you some additional

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Hi, I'm Kristen and I help new gardeners learn to grow their own vegetables and beautify their yards. I also share recipes that use all that delicious garden produce. Grab a coffee (and your gardening gloves) and join me for gardening tips, simple recipes, and the occasional DIY, all from the lovely city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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