Gardening Tips– Or Why Don’t We Plant Gummi Bears?

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How to make a Wine Bottle Garden Wall? Recycle those bottles!!

 Birdhouse in Your Soul

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Originally from Anne of Green Gables country the LaBelles moved to Carleton Place to be with their grandkids. These are toys that last for a lifetime! They do Birdhouses- consigned stained glass and other treasures! Check them out here

OR Wisteria in Carleton Place

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Come and get some Plant Advice from our Gals- Trish from Two Fields Over– Darrylene from My Hobby Farm or Plant Girl–It’s Trish’s last Week!!!:(

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Got Gnomes in your backyard? These guys came years ago to turn my barren yard into green.

Learn how to make toadstools!

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We also have— are you ready for it? Salad in a bag from Two Fields Over!!!–

Patricia will have patio planters filled with herbs, flowers, hot peppers and tomatoes.  Lots of lavender in different sizes and all kinds of singular herbs.  4 different kinds of basil for the basil aficionados!

 

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And… Salad and Edible Plants in a Bowl from Forefathers Farm…

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How to Make a  Concrete Bird Bath with Rhubarb Leaves

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Gardening in Almonte: More Lessons from Community Gardening in Ottawa

By The Millstone on May 31, 2016 09:19 am

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Last week I had the occasion to facilitate a gardening workshop at a very warm and welcoming community garden in one of the older neighbourhoods in the Alta Vista area of Ottawa.

A joint project of the Trinity Church of the Nazarene and the Riverview Park Community Association this garden was established some four years ago with assistance from the Community Gardening Network of Ottawa and some funding from the City of Ottawa. A big chunk of the budget for the garden went to comprehensive soil testing.

The garden was created on land owned by the church and a close relationship continues between the church and the community garden. As seen in the following photos there are no fancy raised boxes or expensive composers. The garden beds are all in the ground with some gardeners choosing to surround their gardens with wood. A utilitarian shed holds garden tools and eaves-troughing on the shed helps to fill some of the many water barrels. Metered water is also available from the church to help refill the barrels.

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Gardeners were busy at work with most gardens fully planted. One happy gardener offered her view as to what a “great de-stressor” working in the garden was for her. A truckload of compost was being used to replenish nutrients in the soil and gardeners were watering parched soil. Many different techniques were evident with lots of poles to take full advantage of productive climbing plants such as beans. The garden has a good multigenerational mix with lots of young families and children fully engaged in gardening. There is also a multi-cultural mix and I must admit that there were several oriental vegetables that I am not that familiar with.

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There is a strong sense of community in the garden. A steering committee of four looks after registration and makes day to day decisions as required. A number of committees are in place to handle the required communal work, such as composting, water and maintenance. Some of the leaders of the working committees are also part of the steering committee.

The full community is engaged at an initial get-together in April where plots are assigned and organizational matters are dealt with (A plot of approximately 4 feet by 20 feet is available for $25 for the season). The April meeting is also a potluck and social occasion. There are also get-togethers and potlucks of the whole garden community mid-season and at the end of the season.

In an attempt to extend the sense of community a couple of surplus beds were used last year for an experiment with collaborative gardening. Results were not perfect but a lot of lessons were learned and it is continuing this year.

 Secret Tips for the Ultimate Veggie Garden!

How to Mix Potted Plants Together

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by Lillian Downey, Demand Media

 

Planters with one type of plant inside adds a pop of color and simple elegance to garden design. Mixing more than one type of potted plant in a container creates a lush mini-landscape with a variety of colors and textures. Expensive mixed planters may look difficult to recreate and care for, but the same simple care tips you apply to single-plant containers also apply to mixed-plant containers. The challenge lies in narrowing down your choices from hundreds of compatible flowers, vines and decorative grasses.

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Choose a container with drainage holes at the bottom to avoid the root rot, fungi and insects that too much water attracts.

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Choose plants that require similar soil, light and watering conditions. For example, if one plant needs partial shade or full sun, all the plants should require the same type of light. Base your selection on where you plan to put your container.

 

 

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Two Fields Over Half Breed plant– Trish Darlington is the master:) Who is this? These are our folks from Mississippi Belle Magazine published by the Mississippi Lakes Association.

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Add three to four flowering plants for every non-flowering plant, recommends University of Illinois Extension. Choose at least three different types of plants, commonly referred to as” thrillers, fillers and spillers.” Thrillers are bright, eye-catching plants, usually flowers such as marigolds or geraniums. Fillers are leafy, variegated plants or ornamental grasses that provide a backdrop for your thrillers, such as kale or phlox. Spillers are vines that cascade from the top and sides of your plants to add another layer of interest, such as ivy or lobelia.

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Plant the spillers at the outer edges of your container so they can trail down the sides as they grow.

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Mix the thrillers and fillers in the remaining space, keeping their mature size in mind. Arrange the plants so when full-grown, no one plant blocks or overcrowds the other. Your planter may look slightly empty or bare before everything grows to its full size.

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Water your new container about every three days as soil in containers tends to dry out quickly. Water in the morning if you can.

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Apply fertilizer, such as compost tea, compost or a liquid container-garden fertilizer soon after planting and again in the middle of the growing season. Plants in small containers quickly use up the nutrients in the soil, which need to be replaced.

Things You Will Need

  • Planter with drainage holes
  • Potting soil
  • Plants (a variety)
  • Fertilizer

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  • Mix plants that bloom at different times of the year to ensure that you always have at least one type of flower in your container.

 

 

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Gardening 2016–From Herbs to Edible Flowers?

According to the gardening experts old-fashioned blooms are new again, and some have said 2016 should be claimed as the year of the Granny Garden. Hostas, Peonies, Foxgloves, Sweet Peas and those heavily scented Rambling Roses are hot on serial gardeners lips this season. Experts are predicting Dahlias will gain huge interest because of their beautiful bright colours and their ability to flower from midsummer right into fall. This year it’s all about mixing your old-fashioned flowers alongside your fruit and vegetables crops. Did you know that allowing plants to grow next to your veggies can greatly help in the fight against pests?

But, here is the big question- do you really have the time or patience to grow things anymore? Like myself, most people now crave low maintenance as they want to be successful with plants without a lot of work or information. Cellphones and iPads have now replaced gardening books with quicker information on how to take care of your garden.

Each year I have noticed garden vendors are selling more and more shrubs and succulent plants because people have become so busy with their lives. You now see more varieties of ready-potted plants in decorative containers being sold, but thankfully there are still many of you who like getting your hands dirty– so the traditional garden is not dead yet. This year it’s not only about flowers, but also about “backyard boldness” as we will see more and more outdoor living spaces with innovative lighting and accented with touches of whimsy.

Space-saving fruits and vegetables like dwarf tomatoes have become so popular that cottage industries are springing up built around planting solutions for small gardens. One of the most popular and easiest ways to have a low-maintenance garden in a small space is to grow vegetables in hanging baskets. This year try mixing herbs in with the vegetables for more variation and decor.

Trend setting gardeners this year will grow mint for their Mojitos, or how about some homegrown dill for your Bloody Mary’s. It’s all about drinking from your garden, as herbs are not only great for teas and smoothies but also magnets for pollinators. Here are a few suggestions what to grow in your drinking garden:

Mint: Leaves: calming, digestive.
Passionflower: Leaves; relaxing and restful sleep.
Rosehips: Buds after bloom has died; vitamin C boost.
Lemon Balm: Leaves; calming and relaxing.
Chamomile: Buds; relaxing and soothing tummy

Edible flowers are also on the gardening wanted list this year but, it’s important to know the flowers you plan to eat are free from pesticides. Be careful of anything purchased from florists, nurseries or garden centres, or even those found growing wild by the roadside, as they may be contaminated. The best way to enjoy edible plants is to grow them yourself .

Did you know that single petals from Pot Marigolds or Bachelor Buttons are great in salads, or you can sprinkle them on fruit and cheese? You can even use Day Lily buds in stir fries- but be careful, as they could possibly have a diuretic effect. Lavender whole flowers are not only fragrant for sachets and inside the home, but you can also use them in ice cream, custard or pound cake.

I think the most important thing each year to remember is that we should strive for a more organic, chemical-free, pet-safe, wildlife-friendly garden. We should always be looking for new ways to be eco-sensitive and encourage and protect insect and bird life in our gardens. According to Susan McCoy, president of Garden Media Group, a top garden trend-spotting agency based in Pennsylvania, she has declared 2016 as a year of “back-to-the-earth functionality” for our gardens. Let’s get growing!

Linda Seccaspina- Hometown News

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Two Fields Over has lots of bedding plants at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market that are cold hardy so you can get an early start in your garden.  Lettuce, kale, herbs of many kinds, calendula and Lavender. So get diggin’ and come to the Carleton Place Farmers Market Saturdays-8:30-12:30

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Two Fields Over

Patricia Darlington

Carleton Place, ON

Trishdarling4@yahoo.ca

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10 tips for creating a bee-friendly garden

Author Lori Weidenhammer’s tips include staying away from bee-toxic insecticides, having a variety of plants

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Concerned about dwindling bee populations, Vancouver-based educator and artist Lori Weidenhammer has written a book advocating for making habitats for native bees and having gardening habits that are bee-friendly.

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“My book is basically a Canada food guide for bees — what you can plant in your garden to feed yourself but also to feed the bees,” said Weidenhammer, the author of Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees.

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Here are Weidenhammer’s 10 tips for creating a safe garden space that will provide bountiful benefits for bees: READ THE REST HERE:CLICK

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Pictures–Our Hobby Farm– Darrylene Sadler-Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

Have you Ever Held a Transplant in your Hands?

 

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Ray Elgersma is all about local produce in our area.  Not only does he sell at our local Carleton Place Farmer’s Market, he helps out with the Neighbour Hood Tomato Community Gardens at St. Gregory’s  (Catholic School) Next Door in Carleton Place.
Ray has some very exciting news for all of Lanark County. We are going to  have a “Transplant Saturday” June 4th at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market.  This is to expand the concept beyond land use and vegetable transplants to include the idea of ‘transplanting’ of businesses and residents to our community.
CPFM Market vendors will be selling vegetables and flowers for transplanting-and there will be a special event for the kids!  There will also be a workshop on transplanting conducted by Trish Darlington and entertainment will be at the event.
The focus is to have people come to experience and appreciate what we have to offer at the market, and come to know and love our community.