Staked and pruned tomato plants tend to produce fewer, but larger, healthier and earlier fruit. Without a lot of effort, you can have success with your crop. There are many established methods, just find the one that works for you and your garden.

Did you know it is possible to change the flower colour of your Hydrangeas? There is an easy trick to do this and it works on all so called Mophead or French Hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla varieties), like the popular Endless Summer® The Original, Bloomstruck® and Twist-n-Shout®.  Only the pink or blue flowering varieties can be changed; white flowering varieties will remain white.

My favorite place to get physical exercise is outside, in a garden or landscape…my outdoor gymnasium.

No gym needed

There is an easy way to find out if your soil is alkaline, acidic or neutral. Alkaline soils have a pH above 7, acidic is below 7 and 7 is neutral. A pH neural soil is usually the easiest to work with, but that comes along very infrequently. If your soil is alkaline you can choose to take measures to bring the pH down by adding organic matter, like compost, pine needles or peat moss.

The ground may still be cold, but longer days have already begun to coax your plants out of their winter dormancy. There are several valuable ways that you can prepare for the busy gardening season ahead.

1 Assess and Repair.
Check your garden for winter damage. Clean up any boughs that were broken in storms.

Whenever I meet someone who just found out that I sell plants for Canada’s finest wholesale grower, their first question is always “What new plants are you introducing for this gardening season?” I LOVE that question! Every year, Bylands introduces 30 – 50 new nursery plants (trees, shrubs, evergreens, roses, edibles, vines, perennials), and getting a chance to talk about them and show pictures is a lot of fun for me.