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Oct. 30, 2019 | Donna Balzer

November in the garden: Secrets for success with trees

One morning, my tree fell over during a huge wind storm after a solid week of rain. There was no property damage, but my ego was shattered.

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Oct. 10, 2019 | Donna Balzer

October in the garden: Bring the outdoors inside your new condo

Mowing the lawn and trimming the trees are just a distant memory now. You are safely tucked into your new condo and all you have left to do is decorate!

Not so fast. If you want the benefits nature offers without the associated yard work, it is time to bulk up on houseplants for your new pad. Do it for your health, happiness and creativity, according to author Florence Williams.

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Sept. 04, 2019 | Donna Balzer

September in the garden: Fall bugs and an unfortunate colour choice

My friend Liz had a yellow house once, but as a gardener and a homeowner, she won't live in another yellow house ever again.

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July 31, 2019 | Donna Balzer

August in the garden: Stretch out summer with late-blooming flowers

If your garden party is usually over after the irises, peonies, plums and lilacs fade, add late-blooming flowers to really stretch your summer this season. Making way for late bloomers means the joy of summer continues past your escape to the lake and well into back-to-school season.

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July 17, 2019 | Donna Balzer

July in the garden: Summer watering tips for flowers

I arrived home one day in November to find my irrigation system was spraying my snowy lawn.

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June 12, 2019 | Donna Balzer

June in the garden: If you can't live by the lake, bring the water to you

A dove flies into our water feature and starts flapping its wings – it's 7 p.m. and it's bath time.

We'd love to live on a lake, but we don't. Luckily, the sound of water attracts wildlife to the 60-centimetre-wide, recirculating bird bath on our tiny back patio. Under a tree, next to our sitting area and in plain view of our indoor dining table, our water feature has become the virtual reality show of our garden.

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April 03, 2019 | Donna Balzer

April in the garden: colourful curb appeal

Want to sell your house fast? Then add a little sizzle to your curb appeal, so potential buyers can see from the road how pretty your house is before they book a showing.

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Feb. 06, 2019 | Donna Balzer

February in the garden: Tired soils need a little TLC

What do you do if you only have one sunny bed to grow tomatoes and you use that same bed every year?

It may seem too early to chat about tomatoes, but like other gardeners, you might already be thinking about buying seed and questions are bound to follow.

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Dec. 12, 2018 | Donna Balzer

December in the garden: are your trees alive or dead?

My favourite Netflix show has a plot of murder and suspense. Unlike a dead tree in your yard, where the cause of death might not be determined for years, there is always resolution at the end of every season of Shetland.

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Oct. 05, 2018 | Donna Balzer

Final fall garden work simplified

When plants blacken and turn to mush with overnight frost, it seems like the whole gardening game is over for another year. Well, not so fast.

If you work in your garden, you benefit from positive vibes and lower blood pressure, and scientists say we relax at just the smell of evergreen trees in our parks and yards. So let's stretch the season a bit and do some fall gardening before it's really all over.

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